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Social science methods for natural scientists

Hillier, John; Sangster, Heather; West, Harry


John Hillier

Heather Sangster

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Dr Harry West
Senior Lecturer in Geography & Environmental Management


People. Stakeholders. Other humans. If any of these may be involved in your work, and insight into what they may think or do could be useful, you are entering the realm of Social Science. This session is on the basics of social science methods, presented by geo-scientists with some experience of implementing Social Science investigations. The content will include a selection from; data collection techniques, expectations from analysis, risk & ethics, and data storage. At least, there will be enough to demystify Social Science, and to get you started on an investigation. The focus will be on practicalities and examples from the published literature. Examples of areas in which Social Science methods may be needed include 'Knowledge Exchange' - the process of co-designing, co-working, collaborating, and generally engaging with non-academic partners. Anything where you may need to formally report views of colleagues (e.g., expert elicitation). AFTER the session, course materials will be available on the following link for a few weeks.


Hillier, J., Sangster, H., & West, H. (2019, April). Social science methods for natural scientists. Paper presented at European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Conference Location Vienna, Austria
Start Date Apr 7, 2019
End Date Apr 12, 2019
Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2019
Publication Date Apr 12, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : European Geosciences Union General Assembly