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Selected reading

Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: An action research-inspired approach

By Deborah H Drake

This article reports on research that incorporated action research-inspired dimensions on a project conducted in three maximum-security prisons in England. The project was aimed at collecting ethnographically informed data on prisoner experiences, at…

The Ethics of Interviewing for Discourse Analysis: Responses to Martyn Hammersley

By Stephanie Taylor and Robin Smith

In ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse analysis’, Martyn Hammersley (2013) sets out an ethical dilemma around informed consent for research interviews which is, he suggests, especially pertinent to discourse analytic research.

Hammersley’s article has divided opinion and triggered responses from Stephanie Taylor and Robin Smith, who…

Researching Organizations: The Practice of Organizational Fieldwork

By Matthew Jones

Drawing on examples and debates from a broad range of disciplines (such as criminology, education and social anthropology as well management) Researching Organisations explores the issues that researchers may encounter when…

Inspirational Writing for Academic Publication

By Gillie Bolton & Stephen Rowland

Gillie Bolton introduces her three ‘key phases’ method (Write for Myself, Redraft for my Reader, Edit for Posterity) to make the writing process less daunting, and offers…

Methodological Issues in Strategy and Strategic Management Research

A virtual issue from Organizational Research Methods

The journal Organizational Research Methods has a new virtual issue on Methodological Issues in Strategy and Strategic Management Research, with all articles free to access now through February 26. This virtual issue features 17 articles…

Blog Posts

Not Reading Your Stats Textbook? Award-Nominated Online Book Knows and Tells

Statistics can be a hard slog for the students taking their first, and sometimes only, jaunt through this quantitative minefield. But an understanding, or better yet a mastery, of statistics is a requirement for any successful scientific or research career.…


Posted by SAGE Publications on April 16, 2014 at 20:30

The UK Data Service – an introduction to data and resources for social scientists, 16 June 2014, Sussex University

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the data available from the UK Data Service.

The workshop is aimed primarily at research postgraduates but will be of relevance to other social scientists, research methods teachers and librarians who wish to learn more about the resources and support offered by the UK Data Service.

It will involve a mixture of presentation, group work and hands-on computing sessions using the UK Data Service website to:

  • explore…

Posted by Helen Johnson on April 16, 2014 at 18:03

Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user conference, London, 16 May 2014

The next Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user conference is being organised by the UK Data Service for Friday 16 May 2014 in London.

It will be a half-day meeting starting at 13.00.

The programme will contain a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers. There will be presentations based on analysis of the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, General Lifestyle Survey or ONS Opinions Survey.

The meeting will allow users to hear updates from the Office for National…


Posted by Helen Johnson on April 11, 2014 at 17:06

Webinar: The UK Data Service: an introduction to data on ageing, 30 April 2014

The UK Data Service is holding an hour-long webinar on the topic of ageing.

This is a collaborative webinar involving the UK Data Service and Dr Alan Marshall from the Frailty Resilience and Inequality in Later life (fRaill) project at the University of Manchester.

The webinar will showcase data on the topic of ageing that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the data.

UK Data Service staff will introduce:

  • the…

Posted by Helen Johnson on April 11, 2014 at 16:02

Learn how to embrace social media


***Read the event blog here***

Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.

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2 2014 Tokyo International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science

2014 Tokyo International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science

December 17, 2014 to December 19, 2014 at TOSHI CENTER HOTEL

Organized By: Higher Education Forum

3 2014 Asia-Pacific Conference on Life Science and Engineering

2014 Asia-Pacific Conference on Life Science and Engineering

November 21, 2014 to November 23, 2014 at THE GRAND HOTEL

Organized By: Higher Education Forum

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Presenting Your Research: Conferences, Symposiums, Poster Presentations and Beyond, by Lucinda Becker. Published by Sage, 2014.

This book is part of the excellent ‘Success in Research’ series, which provides ‘short, authoritative and accessible’ guides on key areas of professional and research development.  Giving a conference presentation or seminar paper is an important area of this kind, likely to be nerve-wracking, especially (but not only) if it is your first time, but also highly rewarding, in particular if it goes well. ‘Presenting Your Research’ will certainly help you in this task.  The text takes you through…See More



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