Methods Development and Innovation Workshops

Call for Workshop Proposals 

Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, 2024, as we gather at UCLouvain for an inspiring lineup of parallel workshops. We’re calling on researchers and scholars passionate about methods development and innovative research approaches to lead dynamic workshops (half day or full day) by submitting proposals.

Propose a workshop

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

Explore New Frontiers

Whether you’re pioneering new methods, expanding existing ones, or embracing innovative research approaches, we want to hear from you! From interpretive/qualitative to quantitative methods, computation/big data research, and beyond, all submissions are welcome.

Embrace Diversity

We encourage participation from early career and senior researchers, as well as practitioners shaping the future of research methods. Our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive space where ideas flourish and boundaries are pushed.

Workshop theme:

Please submit a proposal for a workshop that covers methods development or innovations in research methods or methodology. Proposals could cover new methods, expansion of existing methods, or innovative approaches to research. We encourage a wide range of submissions, including interpretive/qualitative, case studies/comparative research, quantitative methods, computation/big data research, or foundations/epistemology. We hope to attract junior and senior researchers and practitioners who are contributing to the development of innovative approaches, methods, or frameworks.

How to Propose a Workshop Proposal

Submit a one-page proposal that includes

  1. the objectives, method, software/hardware requirements, length of the workshop (half day or full day) and prerequisites for participants
  2. a brief bio highlighting the research interest and workshop-relevant expertise of each workshop convener. You may choose the number of conveners. We recommend at least two co-conveners
  3. If possible, please provide a tentative list of some potential participants, including their names & institutional affiliations. MethodsNET will also circulate an open call for all workshops.

Workshop organizer

  • Given and family name
  • University/Organization
  • Country at time of the event
  • From a low- or middle-income country
  • Email address
  • Workshop title (maximum 25 words)
  • Abstract (maximum of 500 words) explaining precisely what is your research question, how these contribute to the topic of the workshop, the methodology, or methodological issue you focus on, and all the details you consider important enough to support your project. You must indicate who will be chair and facilitators of the workshop.
  • Thematic area and field-building dimension
  • Contributors’: chair/moderator as well as a maximum of four/five named additional contributors, who will play active roles in the session; whether the lead author is from a low- or middle-income country
  • A short (50-word) overview of the organized session that will appear in the Symposium program
  • A 400-word (maximum) summary of the session content, including: purpose/objective, technical content, target audience and significance for the selected thematic area and/or field-building dimension; learning objectives
  • 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 chairs and moderators should be present at the conference. 

Language and Participation

Proposals should be submitted in English, the working language of the event. While in-person attendance in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is preferred, we understand that circumstances may arise. If you’re unable to join us in person, simply fill out a short form form by Sunday, March 31st to explore alternative participation options. The Organising Committee will review these requests by Friday, April 19 2024, and we will inform you if other participation options can be accommodated. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your expertise, connect with like-minded peers, and contribute to the advancement of research methods. Submit your workshop proposal today and be part of this exciting journey! 

Key dates

  • Friday March 19: Call for Workshop proposals
  • Thursday June 20:  Deadline for Workshop proposals
  • Thursday July 4: Notification of acceptance
  • Thursday July 4: Registration opens for all three events
  • Monday September 9: Registration closes
Friday 1 NovemberMethods Development and Innovation Workshops - Day 111:00-12:30
Registration & coffee
Welcome/opening and lunch with conference participants
Workshop sessions 1
Coffee break
Participant dinner
Saturday 2 NovemberMethods Development and Innovation Workshops - Day 209:00-10:30
Workshop sessions 2
Coffee break
Workshop sessions 3
Lunch and farewell

Committee members


Max Bergman

University of Basel

Prof. Dr. Manfred Max Bergman holds the Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel and an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Michigan. He directs the Social Transitions Research Group and is a research councilor at the Swiss National Science Foundation. He chairs the World Sustainability Forum and the Basel Sustainability Forum, and he is a member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a UN initiative. His substantive research focuses on socio-sustainable transitions. As part of the research program Proof of Transition Concepts (proTract), he explores positive, real-world examples of sustainability transitions that bring together diverse stakeholders to cooperate toward positive, often serendipitous, outcomes. His methodological work focuses on expanding mixed methods research and designs, and on exploring the rigor and boundaries of case study research.


Rafiazka Hilman

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Rafiazka Hilman is affiliated with Computational Science Lab (CSL) at the Informatics Institute (IvI) and Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), University of Amsterdam (UvA). She holds a PhD in Network and Data Science from Central European University (CEU). Specialized in Spatial Data Science, Computational Social Science, and Social Network Analysis, she focuses on urban dynamics and urban complex system. Currently, she is working on structure and dynamics of multidimensional segregation. She involves in various international collaborations, among others with UNICEF Office of Innovation (Human Mobility), Alan Turing Institute (New Forms of Data for Mobility), and Vienna University of Economics and Business (Social Network Analysis in Research Collaboration).

Committe member

Christopher Crellin

University of Louvain

Christopher Crellin is currently a PhD student at the Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain-Europe at the University of Louvain and a Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) fellow. His current research focuses on European Union environmental policy making processes. Additionally, he is also interested in Australian climate policy and policymaking. Prior to beginning his PhD, Christopher completed a MA of Public Policy from the University of Western Australia and a MA of European Studies from KU Leuven.

Chris Crellin

MethodsNET EB; Committee member

Bruno Castanho Silva

Freie Universität Berlin

Bruno Castanho Silva is an assistant professor for Methods in Empirical Social Research at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest, and was previously at the University of Cologne. He has taught multiple advanced methods courses, including text analysis and machine learning, in several countries. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and others.

Bruno Castanho Silva