3S Research Methods

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Our work is often based on in-depth case studies, using qualitative methods including ethnography, interviews and focus groups.

In addition, we are increasingly are moving beyond situated case studies to also use methods that allow us to study systemic relations including innovative processes of mapping systems and meta analyses. In part this includes experimenting with novel digital methods such as issue mapping and network analyses.

Furthermore, we have a particular strength in the development of methods that involve working collaboratively with non-academics including participatory methods, co-production and action research. In keeping with our theoretical development work we adopt reflexive research methods, by which we mean maintaining an awareness of how we are shaping and impacting on the things that we study.