After many weeks of lockdown measures, it is increasingly obvious that we are entering into a ‘new normal’ in which restrictions on movement and interaction will be imposed for the foreseeable future. This poses a profound challenge to the practice of social research, not least of all for those using research methods which involve interpersonal contact. To support the social research community during this difficult time, the International Journal of Social Research Methodology is inviting blog posts which reflect on the methodological challenges of doing research in a pandemic. This might include topics such as:
- Issues in rethinking project methods in the light of the pandemic
- Is socially distanced research possible?
- The ethics of observation in a time of pandemic
- What might post pandemic methods look like?
- Using remote methods?
- Overcoming sampling issues in online and remote research
- Using sentiment analysis to understand attitudes to social distancing/ virus spread
- The role social media can play in researching a pandemic: for good or ill
However these are only suggestions and we’d be interested to receive contributions on any topic relating to the current difficulties we face as social researchers. We’d like contributions to be under 1000 words and map out issues in an engaging and accessible way with a view to the practical challenge of doing research in a pandemic. There’s more guidance for contributors available online here.
Please send your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31st 2020.