Methods Workshop

SSRP Workshop: Research Methods for Sustainability

Social science meets natural science, and something in-between

Date: 5th June 2019

Location: Jubilee Building, University of Sussex


Keynote Address – Prof: Sigrid Stagl, Head of the Institute for Ecological Economics of the Economic University of Vienna

Methods from Afar session

Indra Widiarto – Econometrics: Data Envelopment Analysis as an Alternative Methodology in Measuring Attainment of Poverty and Environmental SDGs

Domhnall Finch – Analogue Modelling: Modelling dispersal of greater horseshoe bats Rhinopholus ferrumequinum from their roosts: a novel approach to connectivity modelling in social animals

Martin Todd – Climate Modelling: Application to climate resilience studies

Evan Killick – Ethnographic methods: Integrated Landscapes of Conservation: A Collaborative, Multi-sited and Synchronous Research Methodology for Co-designing Sustainable Futures

Methods in the Field session
Alan Stewart – Ecological Field Methods: Biodiversity research methods and their application to coupled conservation-health in Papua New Guinea

Rachael Durrant – Multi-Criteria Mapping: Are we talking livestock or large herbivores? Reflections on the challenges of inter- and trans-disciplinary research for tackling the SDGs

Jo Middleton – Focus Groups, Interviews, Field Observations: Rapid assessment of community health service needs with parallel treatment of urgent cases: a method to integrate medical provision into rainforest conservation

Dina Zayed – Participatory Approaches, Discourse Analysis and Others: Context-Driven: Multi-Tiered Approaches to Climate Adaptation Research

Methods at Multiple Scales session
Alex Antonarakis – Remote Sensing: Use in interdisciplinary projects on global debt impact and on deforestation in Ecuador

Steve Orchard – Household Surveys, Focus Groups, and Qualitative Interviews: Research methods for studying livelihoods, governance and land use change

Mika Peck – Ecological Field Methods: Methods for acquiring field biodiversity data from coral reefs to tropical forests: The soundscape approach and its links to social processes

Philippa Groome – Transdisciplinary Approaches and Thematic Analysis: Examining gender equality in UK Infrastructure

Methods across Boundaries session
Collins Iwuji – Epidemiology: Methods for epidemiological studies and their linkage with assessing resilience

Joshua Hutton – Research Evaluation: How can team science be better evaluated?

Katy Petherick – Public Engagement Tools: Making sustainability research relevant

Breakout Group discussions included:

  • How can the methods presented at this workshop be used to analyse SDG trade-offs and synergies? 
  • What is the added value of combining or otherwise modifying the methods presented today? 
  • What should the SSRP do to support new projects on methodology for sustainability research?