THE LONDON INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL STUDIESRESEARCH METHODOLOGY CONFERENCE (RMC 2022)
Conducting Research and Revisiting Research Methods in Education and Doctoral Studies in the (Post) COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities
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20 April 2022
Coventry University, UK
The London Institute held the Research Methodology Conference (RMC-2022) in partnership with Coventry University’s Centre for Global Learning (GLEA) on 20th April 2022.
The pandemic has generated distinct challenges and a renewed spotlight on innovative ways of approaching doctoral studies, particularly in online spaces. However, alongside these challenges, many researchers have also been presented with new opportunities for global exchange and communication. These opportunities, however, remain unevenly distributed between more dominant global “centres” of academic elites and the “margins” of knowledge production (Hooks, 2000; Vatansever, 2020).
We were interested in proposals addressing methodological challenges in designing and conducting research during the pandemic with marginalised groups, under-represented populations, and non-traditional students who may have been disproportionately excluded from mainstream educational life, and particularly from Higher Education.
Researchers from marginalized backgrounds were particularly welcomed to contribute to the conversation of research at/with the margins. We are also interested in proposals exploring innovative methodological approaches grounded in the epistemologies of the margins (e.g. decolonial/post-colonial methods, indigenous ways of knowing, anti-oppressive approaches).
Addressing these challenges and opportunities, the Research Methodology Conference provided an important opportunity for established academics, early-career and postgraduate researchers from across the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.
This conference enabled the participants to i) share their research experiences during the pandemic, ii) get feedback from their peers and leading academics and iii) develop their understanding of methods and methodologies in global contexts and within the context of continued uncertainty and precarity. Through the one-day conference, the attendees were able to explore, empirical, methodological, and ethical issues and challenges in the (post-)COVID-19 era. In doing so, participants had the opportunity to be exposed to new and innovative approaches as well as methods employed during the pandemic and into a new post-Covid era.
The conference invited abstracts including but not limited to the following topics:
- Presentation and dissemination of research outcomes
- Decolonisation of research methodologies and methods
- Methodological choices and challenges
- Research design, methods of data collection and fieldwork and analysis
- Ethical and legal issues
- Digital Research, use of new technological tools and innovative approaches
- Engaging marginalised audiences in research
- Limitations and future directions
This conference enabled the participants to i) share their research experience ii) get feedback from their peers and leading academics and iii) develop their understanding of methods and methodologies in global contexts. Through the one-day conference, attendees were able to explore the current research trends, empirical, methodological, and ethical issues as well as challenges and opportunities.
Conference Proceedings: Presented abstracts from the conference were invited for a full paper submission for the Conference Proceedings and the book was published in November 2022.