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First MethodsNET Conference

Call for Panels and Individual Papers – Papers and Panels Selected

Get ready to be part of an exciting opportunity to shape the future of research methods! Our conference is dedicated to advancing methodologies across the social, behavioral, and human sciences, embracing quantitative, qualitative, critical, interpretivist, and mixed-method approaches.

The call for Panels and Papers closed on July 1st, and we are excited to announce the formation of over 30 panels. These panels will feature papers presenting innovative solutions to methodological challenges and introducing cutting-edge research approaches, methods, and measures. They will showcase conceptual, empirical, and synthesis research focused on methodology, including work-in-progress empirical research by methods users seeking expert feedback on their methodological approaches.

Join us as we bring together a diverse community of methods specialists, from seasoned experts to early career researchers, from every corner of the globe. This is your chance to engage with top-notch specialists, share your ideas, and be at the forefront of methodological innovation. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Submit your proposal today and be part of the conversation!

Panels Topics Include:

  • Experiments
  • Process Tracing Approach
  • Comparative Research
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis
  • Realist Research Approaches
  • Ethnographic Decolonization Research and Grounded Theory
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Participatory Approaches to Research
  • Interpretivist Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Ethical and Legal Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Textual Data Analysis
  • Large Language Models
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Survey Data Collection
  • Probability in Surveys
  • Regression Analysis
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Tackling Epistemology
  • Using AI in Research

If you are passionate about specific methodological approaches or interdisciplinary research fields such as health, environment, or development studies, we encourage your participation. Join us as a conference participant to connect with a diverse community of methods specialists, from seasoned experts to early career researchers, from every corner of the globe. This is your chance to engage with leading specialists, share your ideas, and be at the forefront of methodological innovation.

Participatory sessions

In addition to traditional panel presentations, we are hosting a variety of engaging formats, including round table discussions, debates, simulations, games, group modeling, and more. These sessions are designed to actively involve the audience and cover a diverse range of topics aimed at advancing research methodologies and fostering meaningful collaboration. Together, we aim to enhance research practices, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and address complex social issues through innovative methods.

Plenary Sessions

The Conference also provides a set of plenary sessions to open up perspectives and contribute to global methods development and dialogue: first an opening plenary in which the MethodsNET Executive Board members will present all the current and upcoming MethodsNET resources, events, activities and projects and will formally launch the ‘MethodsNET Academy’; then a joint keynote lecture by 2 internationally leading methodologists; and finally a concluding plenary roundtable to take stock of the diversity of methodological views in response to current major research challenges.

Methods Primers and ‘Meet the Experts Methods Café’

The Conference also offers an occasion to link up methods specialists and methods users via two exciting sessions on the first morning (Thursday October 31st). First up, we have two consecutive multiple parallel ‘methods primers’ sessions, where diverse methods experts and developers will deliver short talks. These sessions cover a wide range of topics, from the latest advancements in specific methods (state-of-the-art and recent evolutions of a given method) to broader discussions on methodological approaches (state of play of a broader group or ‘family’ of methods). Following the methods primers, join us for the ‘Meet the Experts Methods Café,’ a small-group informal setting where you can engage in discussions with experts specialized in connected methods. This is your chance to address your challenges and questions directly with experts who can provide valuable guidance and support.

Event Schedule

Conference Day 1, Thursday 31 October

08:00-09:00Registration & coffee
09:00-10:00Methods primers 1 (parallel sessions)
10:00-11:00Methods primers 2 (parallel sessions)
11:00-11:15Coffee break
11:15-12:30‘Meet the experts’ Methods Café
12:30-14:00Lunch break
14:00-15:00Opening welcome plenary and roundtable
15:00:15:15Coffee break
15:15-16:45Panel session 1
16:45-17:00Coffee break
17:00-18:30Panel session 2
18:45-19:45Keynote lecture

Conference Day 2, Friday 1 November

09:00-10:30Panel session 3
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:30Panel session 4
12:30-14:00Lunch and coffee & welcome to the Methods Development & Innovation Workshops

Registration is Now Open

To attend the First MethodsNET Conference, registration is needed. Additionally, registration is open for the following MethodsNET Launch Events:

Attendance at MethodsNET events is open to all. The fee for non-members is €220 per event. However, MethodsNET membership for 2024-2025 provides a substantial discount, enabling attendance at one, two, or all three Launch Events for as low as €20 per event, up to €100 per event, based on your status, plus the membership fee.

MethodsNET membership provides numerous benefits that we are developing alongside the Launch Events. There are three types of membership: expert, regular, and student. The expert membership is tailored for seasoned professionals and emerging innovators in research methods. It facilitates networking with fellow experts, showcasing expertise on a global platform, and collaborating with like-minded individuals to advance the field.

Check out the membership page to decide which category best suits your status and the number of events you wish to attend. Our fee structure considers different income levels, status, and locations, focusing on equality and accessibility.

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Once deciding on how to register for each event, whether as a member or non-member, here you will need to create an EDAS account to proceed.

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  • For non-members the fee is €220 for each event.

Practical Information

The event will be conducted in English and will take place in-person at UCLouvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

For accommodation, our suggested hotels are Gite Mozaik (3 minute walk) or either the Martin’s Hotel (6 minute walk) and ibis Styles LLN (15 minute walk). UCLouvain is conveniently located just 30 minutes by train from Brussels. See here for more information on access to UCLouvain.

Key Dates

1st July: Deadline for Panels with Papers and Individual Paper proposals
8 July: Notification of acceptance
11 July: Registration opens
9 September: Registration closes
16 October: Paper/PPT submission date

We advise that authors upload a draft of their paper, synopsis, the PowerPoint presentation to be presented, previous work that reflects the content of the presentation, or any form of work in progress they will be presenting at the conference to the EDAS system by October 16. This will help ensure that all discussions at the panel sessions are well-prepared and allow the discussants to provide quality feedback to the authors and presenters.

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Committee members


Bernhard Kittel

University of Vienna

Bernhard Kittel is professor of economic sociology at the University of Vienna. Previous appointments include the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the University of Bremen, the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. His current work focuses on justice attitudes, group decision making and marginal groups on the labor market. Recently, he has co-edited with Stefan Traub two books based on the results of the research group Need-based justice and Distribution Procedures (funded by the German Research Foundation, the Austrian Science Fund and the Swiss National Fund, 2015-2022) on Need-based Distributive Justice: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Springer, 2020) and Priority of Needs? An Informed Theory of Need-based Justice (Springer, 2024). He is also co-author, with Davide Barrera, Klarita Gërxhani, Luis Miller and Tobias Wolbring of Experimental Sociology. Outline of a Scientific Field (Cambridge University Press, 2024). He has directed the Austrian Corona Panel Project, which produced 35 survey waves covering a broad range of societal impact variables related to the Covid-19 pandemic between March 2020 and June 2023. In 2017-18, he has been member of the Questionnaire Design Team of the module on Fairness and Justice in Europe in round 9 of the European Social Survey. He has been academic convenor of the ECPR Methods School in Ljubljana (2006-2015) and he is currently chairperson of the scientific advisory board of GESIS.


Sara Van Belle

ITG Antwerp

Sara Van Belle (1975) is currently an FWO senior research fellow attached to the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. She has an MA in political science and an MA in cultural anthropology from Ghent University, Belgium and holds a PhD in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She started her career working in global health policy development, programme implementation and evaluation in LMIC for bilateral and multilateral agencies and INGOs. She currently leads the course on health policy analysis and governance at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Belgium and was guest lecturer, amongst others, at Sciences Po, PSIA. Her research topics include health governance, health policy analysis and the methodological development of realist evaluation and other systems thinking / complexity-oriented methodologies.


Benoît Rihoux

MethodsNET EB

Benoît Rihoux is full professor in comparative politics at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. He is an international leader in the field of comparative methods and designs, in particular around Configurational Comparative Methods (CCMs) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). He is the initiator of the COMPASSS global network in the field of CCM and has produced multiple reference publications on QCA, including the most cited textbook on the topic (Rihoux and Ragin 2009). He also publishes on mixed- and multimethod designs and is involved in diverse disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary comparative and cross-case projects involving QCA and mixed method designs; in these projects, he has tackled very different types of cases: micro-level, meso-level and macro-level, across social sciences and health. He has taught QCA, comparative research designs, research design and soft skills for researchers at numerous venues across the globe. He was joint initiator and joint Academic Convenor of the ECPR Methods School from 2006 to 2021 and is joint initiator and current Chair of MethodsNET, as well as joint Academic Coordinator of the Summer School in Social Research Methods (3SRM).

Committee Member

Iremgul Utlu


Iremgul Utlu is a PhD researcher at the Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain). Her research focuses on transformation of civil society organizations and mapping their networks across various local contexts in Turkey. She has a keen interest in comparative analysis of civic networks and organizational structures. Before pursuing her academic studies, she gained experience in the field by working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and INGOs, specializing in humanitarian aid with a focus on refugee and child labor issues. Iremgul holds an MA degree as a Jean Monnet scholar in International Social Policy from the University of Kent (UK).