First MethodsNET Conference

Notice:

Submit a panel or paper

Call for Panels with Papers and Individual Papers – 19 March

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, and we want YOU to be involved. The call for Panels with Papers and Individual Papers is now open until June 4, 2024. Whether you’re passionate about a specific methodological approach or exploring interdisciplinary research fields such as health, environment, or development studies, we welcome your contributions.

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 and Papers

Types of Panels and Papers

The Conference is open to Panels and Papers with diverse foci:

  1. New solutions to methodological problems and exploration of their scope
  2. Innovative research approaches, methods and measures
  3. Comparison of  different methodological approaches and their relative merits to answer specific research questions
  4. Cutting-edge conceptual, empirical, and/or synthesis research with a focus on methodology
  5. Successful and/or novel strategies for developing methodological capacity
  6. Work-in-progress empirical research by methods users aiming to receive expert feedback on the methods component of their work

Propose a Panel or Paper

We use the EDAS conference system. You will need to create an EDAS account to submit a proposal

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.

While Conference Organizing Committee will invite fellow experts who plan to attend the Conference to deliver some specific primers, we’re also actively seeking proposals from experts to contribute to the methods primers sessions. If you have expertise to share, don’t hesitate to send us your proposal by June 10th at info@methodsnet.org. We can’t wait to hear from you! Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with experts, and take your research to new heights. Secure your spot at our conference today and be part of the conversation!

Working Language and Mode of Participation 

All proposals must be submitted in English, and the working language for the event will also be English. While we’re planning for all components of the event to be held in-person in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, we understand that there may be circumstances beyond your control. If you’re unable to attend in person due to imperative circumstances, we still encourage you to submit your proposal! Simply fill out the short form provided no later than March 31, 2024. Our Organising Committee will carefully review these requests by April 19, 2024, and we’ll be sure to inform you if other participation options can be accommodated. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Schedule

DateEventTimeSession
Thursday 31 OctoberConference - Day 108:00
09:00
10:05
11:00
11:15
12:30
14:00
15:30
16:00
17:30
18:30
20:00
Registration
Methods primers 1 (parallel sessions)
Methods primers 2 (parallel sessions)
Coffee break
Meet the experts’ Cafe
Lunch and coffee
Opening welcome plenary and roundtable
Coffee break
Panel session 1
Joint keynote lecture
Reception
Dinner
Friday 1 NovemberConference - Day 209:00
10:30
11:00
12:30
Panel session 2
Coffee break
Panel session 3
Lunch and coffee & welcome to the Methods Development & Innovation Workshops

Key Dates

20 June: Deadline for Conference Panels with Papers and individual Paper proposals
4 July: Notification of acceptance
4 July: Registration opens
9 September: Registration closes

How To propose panels

Organizers may submit proposals for 90-minute sessions under two different ‘session type’ categories:

  • Panel/session title (maximum 25 words)
  • Session type (Panel with Papers or session)
  • Thematic area and field-building dimension
  • A short (50-word) overview of the organized Panel/session which will appear in the conference program
  • Panel presentations: This format is the traditional panel presentation, but organizers must allow adequate time for audience discussion and interaction. Such Panel proposals with three-four Papers. The Panel proposal requires the following information
    •  A 400-word (maximum) summary of the Panel content, including: purpose/objective, technical content, target audience and significance for the selected thematic area and/or field-building dimension; learning objectives.
    • Paper titles – three to four Papers (maximum 25 words).
  • Participatory sessions: These could be round table discussions, debates, ‘fishbowl’ or ‘sandpit’ discussions, simulations, games, pyramid sessions, group modeling, or any other approach that actively encourages audience participation
    • A 400-word (maximum) summary of the planned session process, including: short description of any presentations or inputs, the moderation or management approach of the session, the role of contributors – both those named in the abstract and any others with planned roles, and a rough breakdown as to how the 90 minutes will be used
  • Panel/session: Organizer/chair/co-chairs/discussant/Paper presenters/additional contributors
    • Given and family name
    • University/Organization
    • Country at time of the event
    • From a low- or middle-income country
    • Email address

How to propose Papers

Individuals can submit a Paper abstract. If accepted, it will be allocated to the most adequate Panel. In each Panel, up to 20 minutes (presentation + discussion) will be allocated to each Paper; typically, each Panel will accommodate up to 4 Papers.

  • Paper title (maximum 25 words)
  • An abstract of 400 words or less
  • Paper Presenter/Co-author(s)
    • Given and family name
    • University/Organization
    • Country at time of the event
    • From a low- or middle-income country
    • Email address

Call for proposals!

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Committee members

Co-Chairs

Berhnard 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.

Co-Chair

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.

Co-Chair

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 members

Co-Chairs

Berhnard 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.

Co-Chair

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.

Co-Chair

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).