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Social Research Methods

There are so many debates going on in social research at the moment: online data, evidence use, ethical practice, mixed methods, participatory approaches, cross-disciplinary learning, to name a few. We have a small and successful list, and lots of scope to grow.

New collaborations and ways of working are emerging, as part of a focus on challenge-led research.  Find out more about how we are becoming a home for work on challenge-led research practices, their value to society and how they are evolving, here.  

As a publisher, we have a significant role to play in supporting the development of new research understanding and skills, and in reflecting on emerging agendas and dilemmas. If you are interested in writing for us, please see the Commissioning Editor information below.

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Our new Research Methods and Practices catalogue is now available. Download the pdf here.

Browse Social Research Methods articles on our Transforming Society blog.


Philippa Grand

Meet the Editor

Philippa Grand, Publisher

After completing my PhD in Modern British History at the University of Manchester in 2002 I moved into the world of academic publishing, working with leading publishers including Manchester University Press and Routledge. I spent ten years at Palgrave Macmillan, commissioning in various subject areas across the social sciences, but mostly with a focus on sociology.

I’m delighted to be part of the team at Bristol University Press, whose mission as a not-for-profit scholarly publisher looking to make a real difference is one I deeply admire. I’m passionate about the importance and value of social science research to society, keen to understand more about how interdisciplinarity is changing the research landscape, and privileged to work with academics and researchers who are examining some of the most pressing issues of our times.

If you are interested in writing for our Social Research Methods list, please contact me at philippa.grand@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines. Follow Philippa on Twitter: @BUP_philippa.