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Transforming research

Research practices are fast evolving. The rise of interdisciplinarity, the popularity of co-produced research, the ever-increasing importance of impact and the decolonial turn present challenges to traditional approaches to research and provide innovative and pioneering new methods and theories with which to address the challenges of the 21st century.

With the creation of the Transforming Research section of the blog and the establishment of our new subject collection for books on Challenge-Led Research Practices, Bristol University Press aims to become a home for work that explores these new research practices. You can find out more about our titles in this area, and how to submit a book proposal, on our website.

People using VR headsets outside the Washington monument
by Phil Jones  |  20th August 2020

Phil Jones discusses his Playful Methods Lab and how creative research techniques can be used to develop new approaches to research that might help us to answer the research questions we hadn’t previously thought of.…Read more

Two heads connected by string
by Naomi Eisenstadt  |  24th July 2020

Naomi Eisenstadt, co-author of 'Parents, Poverty and the State', explains some of the structural barriers academics face when trying to influence government, and offers some tips for overcoming them.…Read more

Graffiti saying 'Lets love our community'

A decade after the AHRC launched the Connected Communities Programme, Dr Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures, University of Bristol reflects back on some of the key learnings from this transformative national programme.…Read more

Two heads facing away from each other
by Helen Kara  |  6th July 2020

Helen Kara, author of a number of Policy Press books, including the forthcoming second edition of Creative Research Methods, talks about the impact of lockdown and how the current situation might affect research in the future.…Read more

Records with headphones
by David Beer  |  3rd July 2020

David Beer, Professor of Sociology at the University of York, explains how music can be the perfect motivator, and inspiration, when it comes to conducting social research, acting as a reminder that social research should be a creative endeavour.…Read more

Climbing ropes
by Marian Barnes  |  25th June 2020

Marian Barnes, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of Brighton, discusses going beyond boundaries that separate researchers from different disciplines, and boundaries that separate researchers from those they research.…Read more

Person breaking apart
by Alison Gregory Emma Williamson and Maria Barnes  |  23rd June 2020

Alison Gregory, Emma Williamson and Maria Barnes discuss the impacts the COVID-19 lockdown is having on domestic violence research, and the researchers themselves, and offer tips for researchers now working at home.…Read more

Series of circular holes

Kate Pahl, co-author of the upcoming book ‘Collaborative Research in Theory and Practice: The Poetics of Letting Go’, reflects on the connected communities project and some of the lessons she learned that are essential to collaborative interdisciplinary work.…Read more

Street art saying 'Together we create'

Peter Beresford, author of 'Social Policy First Hand', on why the govenrnment should be paying attention to user-led and co-produced research approaches. …Read more

Lights in a city
by Tina Haux  |  4th June 2020

Tina Haux, author of 'Dimensions of Impact in the Social Sciences', discusses her concerns about the rush to research the effect of COVID-19 and how we should be working with colleagues across the disciplines to establish what we can learn from previous crisis, health and otherwise.…Read more