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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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by Charlotte Faircloth, Katherine Twamley and Humera Iqbal  |  13th January 2021

An extract from Charlotte Faircloth, Katherine Twamley and Humera Iqbal's 'Families, Relationships and Societies' article on the methodological and ethical challenges of researching family life during a pandemic.…Read more

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Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo, editors of three rapid responses on Researching in the Age of COVID-19, outline how the pandemic has transformed the way academics conduct research and presented creative, ethical opportunities.…Read more

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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

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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