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International Social Research Training

The Social Research Association has designed this International Social Research Training Project in partnership with the London School of Economics and two expert consultants (Julia Brannen and Linda Hantrais).

The Project aims to raise the quality of international social research across academic and non-academic sectors, and develop the capacity of researchers from different national backgrounds studying social phenomena in more than one socio-cultural setting, and embarking on systematic comparisons across different societies, countries or cultures using the same research tools.

The training encompasses a number of key methodological and practical aspects:

  • enhancing methodological skills and knowledge for research in international contexts;
  • designing, conducting and managing international comparative studies;
  • raising awareness of epistemological, methodological and practical issues;
  • improving the quality, and professional and ethical standards of international research;
  • raising levels of confidence among UK social researchers when bidding for and participating in international social research;
  • fostering links between UK social researchers and the international social research community;
  • developing sustainable provision in the area of international research.

The training activities comprise a launch event, followed by four workshops to be delivered, initially, in London in 2010. The programme is supported by web materials to ensure longer term sustainability.