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Upcoming methods@manchester workshops for Nov/Dec/Jan

You may be interested in some of the free methods@manchester workshops which are being run in the next few months. For more details and to book a place for these events please go to

Internet ethnographies

Tuesday 27 November, 9am – 12.30
Basement Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street

This half day workshop offers an introduction to ethnographic research on the Internet. The workshop aims to bridge traditional anthropological practice with new tools for Internet research; to familiarise the students with the history of Internet ethnography, its key conceptual concerns and its ethical and methodological challenges, and to equip the students with tools for doing ethnographic research in contemporary Internet environments.

Seminar on Rasch Modeling

Wednesday 28 November, 2 – 4pm
Ellen Wilkinson Room AG3/4

To establish a local interest group with people working or interested to work with the Rasch model in any discipline in Manchester.

Pathways from Social Disadvantage to Health: What can we Learn from Longitudinal Analysis?

Wednesday 5 December 2012, 2 – 4pm
Room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street building

Researchers often hope that using longitudinal data will enable them to make identify pathways from one situation or state to another, for example from childhood circumstances to later health status. However, standard analytical methods based on regression modelling are not adequate to this task. In this session the presenters will discuss pitfalls of standard approaches and outline alternative methods developed in the causal inference tradition, including use of causal diagrams.


Monday 10 December, 2:30-5 pm
Room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street building

This session will explore the use of auto-photography as a participatory technique. Despite increasing interest in visual methods in the social sciences, auto-photography remains relatively unexplored as a research method. As part of a mixed methods framework, it offers rich potential to explore participants’ perceptual observations that may be hard to access through more conventional techniques such as interviews; and it is suitable for use with marginalised groups, given its capacity to emphasise how the less powerful see their place in the world. However, guidance is still evolving on ethical and analytical issues such as anonymity and representation. The session will explore the process of using the method, and some of the opportunities and challenges it gives rise to, in an interactive setting.

An Introduction to Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data

Thursday 17 January 2013, 10am – 5.30pm
Room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street building

Digital data can provide a rich but also challenging empirical basis for social science research. Multimodality offers theoretical and methodological frameworks for analyzing these data. Focusing on the social interaction captured and/or shaped by digital technologies multimodality attends to all forms of representation and communication, including language, body posture, gaze, and moving image.

Generalized Linear Models: a basic statistics course

28, 29 & 30 January
Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, University of Manchester

This 3-day course introduces Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) and shows how they can be applied to numeric and categorical data. The course makes extensive use of the open-source statistical environment “R” that is accessed through the Rcommander (Rcmdr) graphical interface (this software can be installed on any platform – Unix, linux, MacOS and Windows). A major advantage of GLMs is that they are based on a consistent underlying theory that can be easily understood and applied. This course uses simple terminology to define and input models and does not require participants to have a detailed mathematical knowledge.

Measures of Deprivation and Area Type

Monday 18 February 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

In this course we explain the basis of deprivation measures and consider their potential drawbacks in some detail. Alternative measures of small area deprivation will be considered and we will discuss methods for the construction of alternative measures from first principles.

A hands-on introduction to Agent-Based Modelling for Social Scientists:
Exploring Complex and Dynamic Social Processes

Thursday 28 February – Friday 1 March 2013
Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street , University of Manchester

This will be a largely hands-on course, exposing participants to a series of simulation models in the NetLogo simulation language. It will include: brief introductions, simplified example models, guided suggestions for interacting with them and assistants to help when you get stuck. There will be some summary sessions to bring out the lessons learnt and additional materials to guide participants onto the next steps of working with simulations.


There are also a few places remaining for the following workshop:

Introduction to UK Survey Data for studying Attitudes

Thursday 6 December 2012
Basement Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, University of Manchester

This one-day workshop introduces the UK survey data that are available for re-analysis and teaching via the Economic and Social Data Service website:<>. The focus of the workshop will be on data related to attitudes but many of the issues covered are applicable to other areas. The day is appropriate for those with little or no experience of the data.

Participants will learn about the data available, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be hands-on computing sessions in SPSS to explore and start analysis using the British Social Attitudes Survey and the British Household Panel Survey.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided. To view the programme and book a place please go<>



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