Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology

Digital methods have been utilised by a variety of disciplines. In an era in which social life is increasingly played out online, such methods offer different ways of asking new questions and generating new data. However, digital methods raise some concerns for researchers, such as maintaining ethical research practices, avoiding unrecognised biases, and keeping up with the pace of contemporary technological developments. Despite over a decade of innovation and some notable achievements digital methods have yet to be accepted into the mainstream.

This network for methodological innovation aims to build capacity in the research community to address the opportunities and challenges that digitally inspired methods present for social research. Through a series of three seminars, it will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines and career stages to map out, engage with and advance current debates in digital methods; showcase a cross-disciplinary range of contemporary social science research projects that effectively and innovatively utilise digital methods; and, finally, identify future roles for such methods within the mainstream of social research.