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Featured work by Pablo Velasco and Noortje Marres

An edited collection was recently published featuring work by two CIM associates, Pablo Velasco and Noortje Marres "Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research" (Kubitschko, Sebastian, Kaun, Anne (Eds.) )

More info about the book:
Marres' section introduction "Experiments in Interpretation" can be downloaded via:

Wed 22 February 2017, 13:15 | Tags: news-item-2

Launch event: Science of Cities Seminars

Missing Maps: putting the most vulnerable cities on the map

12th January 2017

4pm Talk by Pete Masters, MSF UK

5pm – 7pm Humanitarian Mapping Event

Location: OC1.04 (talk) / OC1.01 (mapping event) – The Oculus

What’s the point of spending loads of my free time sitting at a computer drawing round little shapes on blurry satellite images in places that I will probably never go?

Missing Maps is a crowdsourced mapping project, where 1000s of individuals dedicate hours of their time to tracing geographical features from satellite images. To an outside observer, it can look mind numbing, but these volunteers are providing NGOs and others with vital datasets that otherwise would not exist. For Medecins Sans Frontieres, Missing Maps volunteers have directly contributed to the provision of occupational health services in Bangladesh, mass vaccination campaigns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cholera readiness in Sierra Leone and much more. Find out how by coming to hear this imaginatively titled talk.

After the talk, we will be mapping northern Nigeria together to support the MSF emergency response unit. Come, join us to learn how to help to produce maps from satellite images to support humanitarian work and have a lot of fun (and free pizza too).

Please register:

Wed 04 January 2017, 09:52 | Tags: news-item-3

Project website: Diversity and Performance

A new website has been set up for David Stark's €2.4M project 'Diversity and Performace: Networks of Cognition in Markets and Teams'.

Thu 22 December 2016, 10:56 | Tags: news-item-1

Exploring the Social Aspects of Driverless Cars

Workshop, Friday December 2

Co-organised by:
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) - University of Warwick
Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) - University of Warwick
University of the Arts, London

Societal acceptance of driverless technology is a key objective of today’s innovation drive. Most current research in this area, however, relies on a limited set of methods, namely survey research, user studies and behaviourial analysis. Creative methods like design research and issue mapping can complement these existing approaches by bringing to light still hidden social implications of innovation in a participatory way. As driverless cars have the potential to transform society – and indeed the very relations between innovation, government and public life - it becomes crucial that we investigate these less obvious, latent social implications. To enable public understanding and facilitate societal engagement with driverless futures, we need creative methods.

This one-day event at the University of Warwick will bring to bring together a small group of social scientists, design researchers, engineers and policy makers in order to develop research agendas for public engagement and societal acceptance of driverless cars using creative methods. The workshop has been organised by Dr. Noortje Marres (CIM), Dr. Rebecca Cain (WMG) and Dr. Lucy Kimbell (Univeristy of the Arts London) with Dr. Ana Gross (CIM) and Mr. Arun Ulahannan (WMG).

Thu 24 November 2016, 13:43 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences

CIM welcomes Charlotte Reypens


2 year Postdoctoral Fellow on David Stark's project.

Charlotte joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies in October 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow. She is working with Professor David Stark and Professor Sheen Levine on a research project supported by the European Research Council. For this project, they will design experimental settings to study the link between ethnic diversity and performance.

Charlotte completed her PhD at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). During her PhD research, she studied how multiple, diverse stakeholders collaborate in innovation networks to create value. She used a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods to address the topic. She collected interview and survey data from one of the largest public-private partnerships in the life sciences. During the last year of her PhD, Charlotte went on a research exchange at the University of Texas at Dallas. Here she used experimental methods to study individual decision-making. To support her PhD research, Charlotte was awarded scholarships by the Research Foundation Flanders and Fulbright.

An important feature of her PhD research was to study how functional diversity influences performance in collaborations between different stakeholders. At the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Charlotte will examine a different type of diversity, i.e., ethnic diversity, and its effect on performance.

Wed 16 November 2016, 16:13

David Stark (PI) €2.4M ERC Funded Project

Diversity and Performance: Networks of Cognition in Markets and Teams

Wed 16 November 2016, 15:57 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences ERC

Playful research methods

Playful research methods – Playfields workshop
This workshop explores the potential and practices of playful research through a practical intervention: a ‘playtest’ of a tool for playful fieldwork. Under the name Playfields, we are currently developing a prototype mobile app that facilitates play-based fieldwork and research for students. It puts into use emergent ideas around open, imaginative, performative and mobile methods. It also enrolls new digital technology and the playful potential of maps in a unique creative learning and research experience.

We invite staff and students with an interest in maps, games and creative approaches to methods to join us for this event. The workshop will consist of an introduction to playful research, an ideas-swap session and a playtest (which includes an outdoor activity). It will be a chance for participants to get acquainted with new creative methods and get inspiration for their own work.


Jana Wendler (Playfields designer)

Sybille Lammes (Playfields PI)


Monday 21st November, 2-5pm. The Oculus, OC1.08.

Light refreshments (and cake!) provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Hind (CIM):

Mon 14 November 2016, 09:17

New Teaching Fellow Post (1 Year )

The Centre is advertising a one year full-time Teaching Fellow post from January 2017.

Wed 19 October 2016, 09:03

N of 1 in Social Science Event

A one-day seminar will be held on the subject of N-of-1 in Social Science? This event is sponsored by the International Journal of Social Research Methodology seminar competition.

Thu 13 October 2016, 14:32 | Tags: social science

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