Research Methods Teaching Community of Practice

Calling all research methods’ teachers and trainers!

Join us this autumn for a day of discussion and exchange about the future of research methods teaching. Engage with us in building a devoted community.

Explore Cutting-Edge Tools and Strategies

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, this event is your opportunity to enhance your capacity to prepare methods courses and seminars. Dive into concrete tools and strategies through dynamic idea exchanges with fellow educators.

Bridge the Gap

Break down barriers between scholars in the Global North and Global South as we foster an inclusive environment for exchange. Connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, disciplinary training, and teaching approaches to promote mutual understanding and community building.

Target Audience

Open to educators at all career stages teaching methods courses or seminars at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. From research design to methodology and specific methods/techniques, there’s something for everyone.

Parallel Workshops

Participate in practical workshops covering various aspects of the research process, easily adaptable into course design, assignments, or in-class activities. Engage with cross-cutting themes across quantitative, qualitative, critical, interpretivist, and mixed-method approaches. 

Four Parallel Workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Technological Advances & Research – Generative AI, big data, digital data and methods
  • Workshop 2: Supervising Research – research proposals, theory, methods-data relationships, changing supervisory needs at different stages
  • Workshop 3: Responsible Research Ethics – standards, codes of conduct, best practices, decolonising approaches, climate considerations, collaboration and community engagement
  • Workshop 4: Pedagogy of Research Methods – teaching modalities, assessments, different cohorts

Language and Participation

The event will be conducted in English, with in-person components held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Stay updated on the program lineup on this page and register to participate starting July 4th! Engage with us in building a dedicated community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your teaching skills, expand your network, and contribute to the global conversation on research methods education. Register starting July 4th, 2024, and elevate your teaching to new heights! 

Key dates

  • 4 July: Registration opens
  • 9 September: Registration closes
Schedule: Wednesday 30 October
Time / Session
08:30-09:30 Early morning networking & registration - coffee
09:30-10:30 Welcome & Opening Plenary
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Future of Research Panel
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Four parallel Workshops Session 1
14:45-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:15 Four parallel Workshops Session 2
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:15 Concluding roundtable
17:15 Reception

Registration Fees and Membership Benefits

When registering for one, two, or all three events, take advantage of the opportunity to become a member and unlock substantial discounts on the 2024 Launch events. Our membership fee scheme ensures equitable access to MethodsNET for individuals with different capacities. Alternatively, you can register for participation without joining as a member, with a fee of 220€ for one event, 440€ for two events, and 660€ for participation in all three events.
*Subject to conditions.
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Committee members

Co-Chair

Florian Weiler

Central European University

Florian Weiler is an Associate Professor at Central European University. Florian joined CEU’s Department of Public Policy as Assistant Professor at the beginning of September 2020 and was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2022. Before coming to CEU he was Assistant Professor for Political Economy at the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslan. Florian holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, where he worked on the global political economy of climate change to earn his dissertation, which he defended in 2013. After finishing his dissertation, he held academic positions at the University of Bamberg (Post-doc), the University of Kent (Lecturer), and the University of Basel (Senior Researcher). His recent academic work focuses on environmental issues on the one hand, particularly on adaptation and adaptation aid, and on stakeholder strategies to influence policy processes on the other

Co-Chair

Christine Gibb

University of Ottawa

Christine Gibb (she/her) is an Associate Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches courses on migration, disasters, and research methods. She has conducted human geography field research in Southeast Asia, East Africa and West Africa, virtual disaster research in North America, and ecology fieldwork in North America. She has done research for Canadian non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies on development, environment and gender issues. She is a feminist geographer who examines the taken-for-granted aspects of disaster responses by studying lived experiences and mobilities at a variety of scales, and by situating them in broader geopolitical contexts. Her research foregrounds questions about power and access to and control over resources and space at multiple scales. In her research, as well as in her teaching, she strives to create and share knowledge that fosters social and environmental justice. Practically, this objective means building reciprocity into research projects, opening research spaces for so-called vulnerable populations, and turning the critical research lens she used for my disaster im/mobilities research towards other aspects of my professional life – including research methods and pedagogy.

EB member-in-charge

Cai Wilkinson

Deakin University

Associate Professor in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia, where she teaches into a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programs as well as supervising Honours, Masters and PhD research projects. Her approach to teaching focuses on experiential learning, and she has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of courses involving use of simulations, practical exercises, immersion and critical reflection for both in-person and online delivery. Her research focuses on community and individual experiences of insecurity in countries of the former Soviet Union, with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. She has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan several times, including researching the development of LGBT activism in the republic, and her work has been published in a range of journals including Security Dialogue, Europe-Asia Studies, and Journal of Human Rights, as well as in edited volumes on research methods, LGBTQ+ politics, queer security and Central Asian politics. She is a member of the international advisory boards for the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods, the Journal of International Relations and Development, Palgrave’s Global Queer Politics book series and the international editorial board of Bristol University Press’ Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics series. In addition to institutional teaching and student engagement awards (2009, 2016, 2017 and 2021), Cai was the recipient of the International Studies Association LGBTQA Caucus Eminent Scholar Award in 2019, the Cora Maas Award for best evaluated courses at an ECPR Methods School in 2020, and the 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Cai holds a PhD in Eurasian Studies, a Masters in Russian and East European Studies, a BA (Hons) in Russian, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, all from the University of Birmingham in the UK.