Innovations in online research: A workshop for PhDs

Time: 09:30 - 16:45

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The Innovations in Online Research Network is a regional academic group connecting PGRs across Britain doing online methods. This workshop is a unique opportunity for networking and presenting your research in a friendly environment. 

There will be a keynote by Jamie Hakim, from East Anglia University, titled: "Male Bodies in Digital Culture: Men Using Digital Media to Negotiate Neoliberalism in the post-2008 conjuncture." 

This FREE PGR-led workshop will be hosted by The University of Manchester’s Sociology Department in conjunction with postgraduate researchers from The University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. The event is open to all PGR students in the social sciences who use or plan to use online research methods.

The event will include a roundtable, group discussion sessions, and a networking reception where participants will showcase their research using an A3 sized mini-poster. The event seeks to stimulate important debates about using online methods for social science research in the digital age. Workshops will be focused around these broad topics:

  • New forms of online data
  • Participant access, sampling and ethical issues
  • Reflexivity, researcher bias, and representing the online space
  • Inequalities in online research

To apply please register here where you will be asked to submit a short statement of interest (between 200 and 300 words, focusing on how the event is relevant to your research and how you are using online methods) as well as a mini-poster plan. The mini-poster plan should be in the form of bullet points on your planned poster content, which could include the ways you have used online methods in your work, the complications you have faced or your theoretical ideas about online methods.

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