Talking Methods


The Talking Methods seminar series, delivered in association with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), is designed to spark debate, discussion and dialogue around research methods. The seminars provide an opportunity to hear about the latest social science research alongside consideration of research methods.  The recordings of our previous seminars can be found on our recordings page.

What should I expect?

Each seminar will – 

  • last one-hour and include a short research presentation followed by time to ask questions and discuss the methodological approach.
  • be delivered by speakers drawn from a wide range of fields within academia and beyond.
  • be delivered in a hybrid format and so open to all. Please spread the word, sign up and join the conversation as we ‘talk methods’.

Booking Information

We are now taking bookings for the seminars listed below. If you have any issues with the booking platform or would like to cancel your place, please email Further details about each seminar can be found via the booking site.  

seminar speaker

How to do bad data science well – multiple methods and complex data sources

Monday 13 March 2023, 13:00 – 14:00

Dr Ben Collier – Lecturer in Digital Methods



In this seminar, Dr Ben Collier will discuss the experimental research he conducted at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre.

Seminar promotional image - 28 March 2023

Summarising Complex Longitudinal Data – Sometimes Less is More

Tuesday 28 March 2023, 13:00 – 14:00

Dr Valeria Skafida – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

After applying latent class trajectory modelling, Dr Skafida put all her analyses in the bin and opted for standardised scores across time points – come find out why!