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Research practices for a pandemic and an uncertain future: synthesis of the learning among the social research community 2020–2022

Research practices for a pandemic and an uncertain future: synthesis of the learning among the social research community 2020–2022
Research practices for a pandemic and an uncertain future: synthesis of the learning among the social research community 2020–2022
This paper synthesises a large dataset on how social research methods and practices have been adapted or designed for use within pandemic conditions and a climate of crisis and uncertainty. The data were generated through two rapid evidence reviews of the methodological literature
and in dialogue with social researchers in online knowledge exchange workshops. The authors apply the concepts of crisis, uncertainty and sustainability to discuss the ways in which social researchers are able to conduct research and make it valid, trustworthy and ethical in times of
great challenge for research. The paper provides a big picture of the challenges and the degree of maturity and sustainability of various methodological responses. The authors conclude that some methods are at a critical juncture in their development for times of crisis and uncertainty
and that these merit particular attention for those involved in capacity building for social research.
Crisis, rapid evidence review, research methods, sustainability, uncertainty
1364-5579
Nind, Melanie
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Coverdale, Andy
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Meckin, Robert
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Nind, Melanie
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Coverdale, Andy
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Meckin, Robert
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Nind, Melanie, Coverdale, Andy and Meckin, Robert (2023) Research practices for a pandemic and an uncertain future: synthesis of the learning among the social research community 2020–2022. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. (doi:10.1080/13645579.2023.2173842).

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This paper synthesises a large dataset on how social research methods and practices have been adapted or designed for use within pandemic conditions and a climate of crisis and uncertainty. The data were generated through two rapid evidence reviews of the methodological literature
and in dialogue with social researchers in online knowledge exchange workshops. The authors apply the concepts of crisis, uncertainty and sustainability to discuss the ways in which social researchers are able to conduct research and make it valid, trustworthy and ethical in times of
great challenge for research. The paper provides a big picture of the challenges and the degree of maturity and sustainability of various methodological responses. The authors conclude that some methods are at a critical juncture in their development for times of crisis and uncertainty
and that these merit particular attention for those involved in capacity building for social research.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 December 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 February 2023
Additional Information: Funding:This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council under Grant ES/T000066/1 as additional funding to the National Centre for Research Methods.
Keywords: Crisis, rapid evidence review, research methods, sustainability, uncertainty

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Local EPrints ID: 475105
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/475105
ISSN: 1364-5579
PURE UUID: 008a254a-e3ac-4be2-90e8-f5e473def9b6
ORCID for Melanie Nind: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4070-7513
ORCID for Andy Coverdale: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6912-5942

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2023 17:31
Last modified: 23 May 2023 01:52

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Author: Melanie Nind ORCID iD
Author: Andy Coverdale ORCID iD
Author: Robert Meckin

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