Welcome: International Social Research Methods Training  

The databank of International Social Research Methods Case Studies presented on this web site has been developed and tested in a series of training workshops in international social research methods funded by the ESRC under its Researcher Development Initiative. Read more...


The website provides a searchable database of International Social Research Methods Case Studies, which are accessible via the list and via the search page. The Case Studies take readers through the stages of planning, designing and implementing international research projects in the social sciences. The site also contains the Framework for International Social Research Methods Case Studies, as well as Information about the submission of Case Studies, and a guide to further reading on international social research methods


John Kent


Linda Hantrais

Original Project

The Social Research Association designed this International Social Research Training Project in partnership with the London School of Economics and two expert consultants (Julia Brannen and Linda Hantrais). The Project aimed to develop the capacity of researchers from different national backgrounds to explore social phenomena in more than one socio-cultural setting, and to carry out systematic comparisons across different societies, countries or cultures using the same research tools. The suite of training activities comprised a launch event scheduled for May 2010, followed by a training course consisting of four workshops. 

Quick Summary

he International Social Research Training Project was designed to be offered across sectors and at different levels of seniority and experience to researchers seeking to enhance their research skills by building their capacity to conduct projects in international settings.  The training encompassed a number of key methodological and practical aspects:

  • enhancing methodological skills and knowledge in conducting research in international contexts; designing, carrying out and managing international comparative studies;
  • raising awareness of epistemological, methodological and practical issues; improving the quality, and professional and ethical standards of international research;
  • raising levels of confidence among UK social researchers to enable them to bid for and participate in international social research;
  • fostering links between UK social researchers and the international social research community; and developing sustainable provision in the area of international research. 


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This web resource has been restored on:2012-05-25

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This web resource has been updated on:2012-07-11