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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.

neuron pathways

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

Two heads, one with tangled string and the other making it ordered
by Priscilla Alderson  |  11th March 2021

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

Statue of a person with brain exposed

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

Fluid abstract blue and pink paint
by Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino  |  1st March 2021

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

Pink and blue abstract pattern
by Amy Alexander Catherine Bolzendahl and Lena Wängnerud  |  25th February 2021

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

Children walking in a street
by Manfred Liebel  |  22nd February 2021

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

Fake grass
by Paul Graham Raven  |  16th February 2021

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

Neon sign saying 'We are all made of stories'
by Richard Phillips  |  27th January 2021

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

Group of women working together at a table

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

Sign saying 'Think outside the box'
by Rob Kitchin  |  10th November 2020

Rob Kitchin explains how blending scholarly analysis and fictional storytelling offers the potential to communicate scholarly findings beyond academia.…Read more