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22 October - 13 November
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Methods for Change

Creative social science methodologies for 21st century problems

Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

Session 1: Creative Methods for Change: An Introductory Workshop 

A 1.5-hour, online discussion event for social science researchers across sectors and members of the public who are interested in finding out more about social science methods and their usability outside of academia. Participants will engage with social scientists to learn about cutting-edge research methods and their role in creating social change. Visual minutes of the discussion will be shared with participants in a blog post following the event.

Session 2: Methods Zoo

A 1.5 hour creative networking event for social science researchers across sectors and members of the public who are interested in finding out more about social science methods. Before the session, participants will be asked to consider a method used in their research or work, in response to the question: ‘If your method were an animal, what would it be?’ which will be the focus of small group discussions within the workshop. The discussion will be led by Methods for Change network members and all the animals discussed in the session will be visualised by an illustrator and sent to participants after the event.

What’s it about?

This interactive event involves sharing knowledge on research methods for social change with academics and non-academics. Delivered by the Methods for Change research team, we share experiences of translating social science research methods to industry, third sector, government, and the public. Two themed sessions will showcase creative approaches and tools, replicating activities practised within the project. The first of these is an open session bringing together contributors from Phase 1 and 2 of the Methods for Change Project to share details of methods they have used with cross-sectoral partners through how-to-guides, discussion and creative outputs (illustrations, short films etc). The second is the ‘Methods Zoo’ networking session, in which participants will be invited to participate in a discussion based around the question ‘If your method were an animal, what would it be?’ Both sessions will highlight how social science methods can contribute to creating social change, via creative, accessible outputs. Attendees will leave with ideas for engaging with academic research methods and creatively communicating research methods across sectors. Methods for Change is a UKRI/Research England, ASPECT Network funded project led by the University of Manchester.

Who’s leading the event?

From the University of Manchester: 

Magdalena Rodekirchen

Dr Alison Browne

Dr Temidayo Eseonu

Dr Laura Pottinger

Prof. Sarah Marie Hall

Dr Amy Barron

Open to


Of particular interest to

This event will be of interest to students, academics, and researchers in business, public, third and policy sectors, and anyone with an interest in creative, participatory, spatial, and mixed methods in social science research.