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ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2016

To mark the 40th anniversary for ACSPRI, the theme of the 5th Social Science Methodology Conference  is “Social science in Australia: 40 years on”. This is a fitting time to reflect on how social science internationally and nationally has changed over this 40 year period and to reflect also, on where we are now and what the future might hold.

19th July, 2016 to 22nd July, 2016
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New South Wales
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August 2016 will mark forty years since the incorporation of ACSPRI. In 1976 a group of forward thinking social scientists founded the consortium in order to enable Australian researchers access to high quality international social science data. ACSPRI was then responsible for the establishment of the Australian Social Science Data Archive (now the Australian Data Archive). With the broad aim of promoting and enhancing social science methods in Australia ACSPRI went on to establish its training programs in social science research methods and technology in the 1970s. These program are now held throughout Australia each year.

One of the challenges in the social science methods space is it's dynamic nature. Given this and the need to keep abreast of changes and innovation, this conference provides the opportunity to reflect on where we've come from, highlight where we are and imagine our future as social scientists.

A unique feature of this conference is that it is multi-disciplinary and brings together researchers and methodologists from a range of environments and contexts.

With a focus on the past, present and future the conference is organised around four themes:

  • Research paradigms and designs;
  • Research methods and techniques;
  • Research technology and tools;
  • Datasets, data collections and data archiving.

Each theme will have a plenary, panel or keynote; sessions where papers are presented; and workshops as appropriate.

There will be two types of papers:

  1. Full papers where the full paper is blind peer reviewed (full paper in the conference proceedings);
  2. Work in progress papers where an abstract is reviewed (abstract in the conference proceedings).

 Please note, you can still benefit from attending this conference even if you do not present a paper.



First day of conference Tuesday July 19, 2016
Last day of conference Friday July 22, 2016


Conference account creation opened Monday June 15, 2015
Conference account creation closed Monday July 18, 2016
Post call for session convenors Tuesday June 30, 2015
Open submission of session proposals Tuesday June 30, 2015
Close submission of session proposals Friday September 11, 2015
Call for Papers posted Wednesday September 23, 2015
Submissions accepted Wednesday September 23, 2015
Submissions closed Friday March 4, 2016

Early bird registration closes March 4, 2016. View registration details.

Register here.