Research Methods Teaching Community of Practice (CoP)

Calling all research methods’ teachers and trainers!

Join us this autumn for an immersive training experience designed to cultivate a global Community of Practice (CoP) for peer learning and collaboration.

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 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. 

Workshop Themes:

  • Technological Advances and Research
  • Supervising Research
  • Responsible Research
  • Pedagogy of Research Methods

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.

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.

Language and Participation

The event will be conducted in English, with in-person components held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Can’t join us in person? No problem! Fill out a short  form by March 31st to explore alternative participation options.The Organising Committee will review these requests by 19 April 2024, and we will inform you if other participation options can be accommodated. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your teaching skills, expand your network, and contribute to the global conversation on research methods education. Register now and take your teaching to new heights! 

Key dates

  • 4 July: Registration opens
  • 9 September: Registration closes
Wednesday 30 OctoberResearch Methods Teaching Community of Practice (CoP)08:30
Networking session
Registration and coffee
Opening plenary and welcome
Panel discussion: Issues, Challenges and Need to Know for Teaching Research Methods in the Future
Lunch and coffee break
Four parallel workshops: session 1
Coffee break
Four parallel workshops: session 2
Coffee break
Concluding roundtable: Lessons Learned from the Workshops & Sustaining a Community of Practice

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).

Committee 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