Exploring Trends and Challenges in Sociological Research

  • Friday 17th May 2013
  • Venue: BSA Meeting room,Suite 2, 2 Station Court, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road,Fulham SW6 2PY

The event is organised by Prof Linda McKie and Prof Louise Ryan, in association with the British Sociological Association (BSA), School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University and Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University.

In December 2012, Sociology published the first e-special issue of the journal (edited by McKie and Ryan), focusing on the article ‘The coming crisis of empirical sociology’ by Savage and Burrows (2007). This article challenged sociologists with a variety of questions about the role, relevance and methodological opportunities for sociological research in the 21st century. The e-special provides a reprise of these debates and explores relevant papers in Sociology, as well as alerting readers to recurring themes and new directions on the topic of methods and social research.

In this one-day event we bring together Mike Savage and Roger Burrows along with other contributors to the e-special to explore the on-going methodological challenges facing sociology.  This event promises to be informative, with contributions from leading researchers as well as lively audience participation.



10.00                 Registration and coffee
10.30 – 12.30    Morning session

  • Introduction: Trends and Challenges in Sociological Research – Prof Linda McKie, Durham University and Prof Louise Ryan, Middlesex University
  • KIS my FECing AcSS? Living by Numbers in the Contemporary Academy – Prof Roger Burrows, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Measuring the different trajectories of recent arrived communities : the relevance of commercial data sets to the study of assimilation, segregation, industrial specialisation and social mobility among Britain’s immigrant communities – Prof Richard Webber, Kings College London
  • Big Data Ecologies and Economies – Dr. Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmith, University of London

12.30 – 1.30    Lunch
1.30 – 3.30      Afternoon session

  • Constructing causal description: Classification, pattern and time – Dr. Emma Uprichard, University of Warwick
  • Towards a quantitative Feminist methodology: The possibilities of a methodological oxymoron – Dr. Rachel Cohen, City University
  • Are sociologists beginning to count? The crisis in number four years on – Prof Geoff Payne, Newcastle University and Prof Malcolm Williams, Cardiff University
  • Prof Dave Byrne, Durham University – Discussant

3.30 – 4.00    Event close and tea

This event is likely to be very popular so pre-booking is essential!

Booking deadline: Friday 19th April 2013

Registration Fees

  • BSA Member   £50                  BSA Concessionary Member (student/unwaged/retired)      £35
  • Non-member  £55                   Non Member Student/unwaged/retired                                 £40

Online Booking: click here.