Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Social Sciences: Different Approaches, Different Solutions? An inter-disciplinary dialogue - 1st July 2016

A one-day workshop


1 July 2016

The University of Nottingham 

This one-day workshop aims at fostering a dialogue about the way research is conducted in the social sciences and how the choice of methodology affects the character of research output.

Funded by the Midlands Graduate School and the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice.

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Workshop Theme

To an increasing extent, policy-making is faced with challenges that are too complex to be addressed by simple, unrivalled answers. No unique solution exists to pressing policy issues such as climate change, international migration, terrorism, the instability of the financial system, poverty and inequality. Single-disciplinary research conducted with a narrow methodological mind-set continuously proves incapable of drawing practically relevant policy implications.

As such, the aim of this one-day workshop is twofold; firstly bringing together researchers working on important topics in the social sciences which have clear policy relevance. Secondly fostering a discussion on how different methodological approaches influence research output and policy implications.


Young researchers from a wide variety of methodological orientations ranging from orthodox approaches like rational choice theory and new institutionalism to post-positivist accounts such as social constructivism, feminism, post-structuralism and Marxism are encouraged to apply. Submissions from all sub-disciplines of the social sciences and humanities are welcome. Workshop sessions will be structured around four different policy-relevant research areas and related topics:

  1. Development, Sustainability and Environment
  2. Crises, Inequality and Justice
  3. Labour and Migration
  4. Security, Warfare and Peacebuilding 


Each thematic session will contain two to three presenters using different methodological approaches and will be concluded with a discussion on how these impact policy recommendations. Therefore, presenters should be prepared to discuss the epistemological assumptions underlying their approach.


Both presenters and general attendees are welcome to apply. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for presenters and further funding may be available for general attendees. All participants are invited to a complementary dinner.

Please find further submission details in the Call for Abstracts below. The deadline for submission is Friday 3rd June at 5pm. Applicants will be informed of final decisions by 10th June 2016.

To register, please use the link below.

For general enquiries please email

The workshop will take place at the University of Nottingham on Friday, 1st July 2016.

Maps and directions can be found here.

Call for Abstracts

Please follow this link for the call for abstracts.


Please download the programme here

Registration - deadline 5pm, 17 June 2016

Please register via the online form (click here).

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