Skip to main content

Creative Methodologies

Drawing on our interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration, ISS21 researchers are committed to exploring innovative methodological approaches in the social sciences, and fostering engaged research approaches with multiple publics and research partners.  The Institute has particular strengths in qualitative, creative and participatory research approaches, and we strive to develop a culture of reflexivity and methodological imagination in our research praxis.

ISS21 Creative Research Methodologies Seminar Series, 2020

In order to showcase and further develop expertise in creative social science methodologies in UCC, ISS21 is hosting a seminar series during 2020 which will provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas, and the development of networks in the creative methodologies arena.

  Date Seminar
                     March 2020

Looking and Seeing: Developing Creative Visual Methodologies in Social Science Research.

The first seminar in the series featured presentations from Fulbright Scholars Professor Janice Haaken, Portland State University, and Professor Meta Newhouse, Montana State University, on the use of visual methodologies in research and dissemination. Further details available here 

  June 2020

Walking Methodologies 

The use of walking methodologies in social science research was explored through four presentations, which are availabe to view (along with detailed abstracts) through the following link: Walking Methodologies. An online discussion with the presenters was hosted live on 17 June.  

  Sept 2020      

Ethnographic & Biographical Methods

Ethnographic and biographical  methods were explored in the third seminar in the Creative Methodologies series. Abstracts and recordings of the three presentations are available through the following link: Ethnographic & Biographical Methods. An online discussion with the presenters was hosted live through Microsoft Teams on 2 September 2020.  

  9 Nov 2020

Research as Participatory Process: Participative and Reflective Methods

Abstracts and recorded presentations are available at the following link: Research as participatory process: participative and reflective methods. An online discussion with the presenters was held on 9 November. 



Previous Creative Methodologies Events

The Institute has hosted a number of other seminars and masterclasses on the use of innovative methodological approaches. A selection of these are listed below. 

Date Event

24-25 Oct. 2019

Master Class: Creative Research Methodologies with Children & Young People

1 Oct. 2019 

Bringing the Voice of the Elderly On-stage: an Ethnodrama on Everyday Lived Experience of Living in a Nursing Home

11 June 2019 

Community Urban Futures and Faith Belonging in Children's Art

15-16 Nov. 2018 

Master Class: Researching Iintimate Lives

5 Sept. 2018 

Researching Children's Lives in a Digital Age

27 Nov. 2018 

Performative Practices: Theatre, Disability and the Arts


Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30