Loughborough Doctoral College

Training and events

Advanced Research Methods Institute (ARMI)

The Advanced Research Methods Institute is an interdisciplinary initiative to develop and promote innovations in social research methods.

Co-directed by Professors Paul Drew and David Deacon, and affiliated with Loughborough University’s Doctoral College, ARMI aims to address the challenges in conducting relevant, impactful research in the 21st century, requiring more flexible approaches to methodologies. Research in many areas will be enhanced by bridging disciplinary boundaries, by combining methodologies/methods in novel ways, by integrating qualitative with quantitative approaches, and developing new methodological tools to address contemporary issues. In short, we need to be innovative in developing and bringing together research methods to address ‘real world’ issues.

As part of this mission, and in conjunction with the Doctoral College, ARMI is promoting methods workshops that we hope will be relevant to doctoral researchers, research staff and other (e.g. faculty) researchers, engaged in research that has a social dimension of some kind. Participation in these workshops will provide hands-on experience in cutting-edge methods; and that participants will have the opportunity to meet others with whom they have common research interests, out of which networks and research collaborations might develop.

The programme of workshops for the 2017-2018 academic year is currently being planned, with the first already scheduled:

Other proposed workshops include

  • Research Evaluation and Impact
  • Mass Data in Political Communication
  • Digital Data in Historical and Social Research

More information will be given when the programme is up and running.