Using sensors in social research, an experiential way to learn how sensors might enrich research designs

As a researcher considering your next project you might well be expected to ask: what are my most important research questions and what methods do I have in my armoury for gathering valid data?

An EGG hooked up to a demonstration monitor
An EGG hooked up to a demonstration monitor

Social researchers, for instance, are interested in questions about social life, social structures, social interactions and elements of societal relations.

They might also be interested in statistical data such as how many people do certain kinds of things by themselves or together, and perhaps consider conducting a survey.

Digital sensors, with increased availability and reduction in size, could add new means and metrologies for collecting data. The question for the research designer though is how and why should I apply this methodological tool ?

… which is exactly the questions our forthcoming short course ‘Using Sensors in Social Research’ on 10/11 September 2018 is designed to provide answers for, and so help jump-start and enrich your future research designs.

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