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Methods Hub

Methods Hub

Learn more about the Newcastle University Methods Hub.

About Us

The Newcastle University Methods Hub is a multidisciplinary initiative funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institutes: the Institute for Social Science, the Humanities Research Institute and Institute for Creative Arts Practice. The Hub will highlight the broad scope of research methods being developed and applied across the university and create a forum for critical interdisciplinary methodological debate and discussion.

The Hub aims to:

  • Promote understanding of social science, humanities and creative arts practice research methods and methodologies
  • Foster partnership and interdisciplinary research that can address global challenges, have societal, cultural and economic impacts and engage with non-academic partners
  • Increase expertise in and capacity to use different methods
  • Examine the philosophies that underpin research methods and ask critical questions about their use and application within research
  • Foster the development of new methods

The above aims will be achieved by:

  • Developing a central online inventory to foreground methodological expertise
  • Organising and hosting methods workshops to offer training and insights into both innovative and traditional research methods and the philosophical and ethical questions they raise

Contact us

The Methods Hub is led by Professor Natasha Mauthner, Director of Research and Professor of Social Science Philosophy and Method at the Business School.

Dr Clare Vaughan is Research Associate at the Hub, supported by the Social Sciences Institutes Officer Alex Robson, Andrea Lane, PhD Student at the Business School and the Director for the Institute for Social Science, Professor Liz Todd, Humanities Institute, Professor Jennifer Richards, and Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Professor Richard Talbot.

If you have any questions, or would like to participate in the Methods Hub, you can get in touch with us at


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