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Creative Methods in the Social Sciences

This two-day event aims to explore the use and value of arts-based and creative methods in social science research. It provides an opportunity to hear how external and Brunel researchers use graphic, visual or craft-based methods in their qualitative research and then to participate in workshops on the methods, to see how social scientists can use film and documentary. It comprises of lectures, workshops and a discussion over coffee and cakes for researchers and PGR students.

Aimed at

Researchers (early stage, mid stage, final stage), Research staff


Opportunity to receive feedback on your work -  You are welcome to discuss what you present with Pam Alldred (

Joining instructions

When you register, please email if you would like a slot in the Day 2 session to discuss your work. Please also let her know if you will attend one or both of the workshops

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this training, participants will:

  • increase their awareness and understanding of how arts-based and creative methods can be used to enhance qualitative research
  • be able to consider whether such approaches allow new perspectives to be recognised and therefore reflect critically on the value of such methods

Presented by

Brunel Academics and external experts

Session outline and aims

DAY 1: Presentations by six experts of the methods in their own research

DAY 2: Workshops with two external expert researchers on the methods

  • 9:30-11:00 – Technique Workshop, covering data collection data collection and data elicitation techniques
  • 11:30-1:00 –  Application Workshop where students will have the opportunity to discuss their work and recieve feedabck from the presenters

Specific skills focused on in this session

Arts-based and creative methods via participatory workshops

Health and Safety and general notice

Participants will be viewing presentations projected onto a SMART Board screen. Participants may be required to work in groups. Refreshments/lunch will be available at the venue.

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Skills needed to disseminate your research

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

Develops skills relevant to the following domains of the RDF:

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