Talking Methods


The Research Training Centre in association with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) are launching a brand new seminar series designed to spark debate, discussion and dialogue around research methods. The seminars will provide an opportunity to hear about the latest social science research alongside consideration of research methods.  

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 online and 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. Bookings will close 24 hours before each event so please register in good time to avoid disappointment. 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.  

Methods degrees
Diffusion and Distortion of Evidence in Science with Dr Rhodri Leng, 23 January 1pm to 2pm

Diffusion and Distortion of Evidence in Science

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 13:00 – 14:00
Dr Rhodri Leng

In this webinar, Dr Rhodri Leng will outline some of the biases that shape how published evidence spreads through scientific literature, and how this influences scientific understanding.


Listed below are recordings of our previous seminars and the associated presentation slides which are available to download.

How many research methods are enough?

Tuesday 26 January 2021
Professor Graham Crow   

In this seminar, Professor Graham Crow discusses mixed methods research using a study conducted by Ray Pahl employing nine different methods.