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Practical theory

shutterstock_455077471-2The utility of social theory as tools and resources for the development of research methodology

This symposium aims to explore key issues and debates in designing and implementing research driven by use of contemporary social theory. It will highlight the importance of aligning theory with methodology and discuss some of the conceptual and practical issues arising from these applications. The event will provide a forum for participants to identify troublesome issues and discuss potential solutions.

Keynote speakers will include Professor Christina Hughes, PVC for Student Experience, Sheffield Hallam University, and Dr Ben Williamson, Lecturer in Education, University of Stirling. Linking the two speakers is a concern for ways in which Educational research methodology must face the challenges of dealing with an increasingly complex, interconnected, world. The two talks will direct our attention towards areas including data science, posthumanism, overcoming the qual/quant binary, feminism and governance, providing a stimulating basis for further discussion.

10.00 Registration and coffee
10.15 Introductions – setting the scene
10.30 Keynote 1:
Prof Christina Hughes, PVC Sheffield Hallam University
11.15 Breakout to respond to questions
12.00 Feedback
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Keynote 2
Dr Ben Williamson, Lecturer in Education, University of Stirling
14.15 Breakout to respond to questions
15.00 Feedback
15.30 Panel discussion
15.55 Completion of evaluation forms
16.00 Close of meeting


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.