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.
Shamser Sinha argues that sociology’s methodology strips the humanity from its research subjects through the separation of their dialogue from its temporal and sensory contexts, and calls on sociologists to learn from those beyond the field by developing ways of reflecting how we think with our senses, not in isolation from them. …Read more
Priscilla Alderson, author of 'Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research', calls for critical realism to be applied to the field of sociology so that its discordant and disparate strands of research can be connected into a more policy-relevant discipline.…Read more
Inviting nominations to the Hidden REF, a competition that recognises all research outputs and every role that makes research possible, James Baker looks at the people behind the competition and how their standpoint shapes it.…Read more
In our second article to mark the special issue of The European Journal of Politics and Gender on new approaches to measuring gender in political science research, Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino outline their research revealing the effect of asking gender-related questions in surveys, and how closely political and gender identity are linked.…Read more
Amy Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl and Lena Wängnerud, guest editors of the European Journal of Politics and Gender special issue ‘Beyond the binary: new approaches to measuring gender in political science research’, argue for reform of measures of gender identity in surveys and research.…Read more
Manfred Liebel, author of 'Decolonizing Childhoods', tracks the colonial and Eurocentric bias in childhood studies. He calls for more collaboration with non-Western researchers as well as support for children taking on the role of researchers themselves. …Read more
Paul Graham Raven reflects on the role of the Museum of Carbon Ruins, a speculative exhibition looking back on the present from a 2053 future in which we solved climate change. …Read more
Richard Phillips, co-author of 'Creative Writing for Social Research', describes his own creative writing journey, both as participant and workshop coordinator, and explains the sense of discovery that creative writing can offer social research. …Read more
Louca-Mai Brady explains the benefits of youth participation in health services, for healthcare professionals as well as youngsters themselves, and reports on the implications of COVID-19 on this youth voice.…Read more