The Research Methods Laboratory is co-convened by Kate Henne and Ibi Losoncz. It is designed to encourage participants to share, build and enhance techniques across quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodological approaches. It also provides a structured approach to thinking through how to design research on regulation and governance, including the challenges, trade-offs, and benefits of doing disciplinary/ multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary research.
In pursuing these goals, the Methods Lab provides a hands-on learning space for PhD scholars, early career researchers and senior academics to collaboratively engage and debate new and enduring questions about carrying out research on regulation and governance. In doing so, the Lab fosters critical discussions about ontology, epistemology, methodology, and research ethics. It also promotes research innovation within and beyond RegNet by including the work of scholars from across ANU, Australia and other parts of the globe.
In 2017 the Methods Laboratory covers the following topics:
- Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research led by Sharon Friel
- Research Questions and Methodology led by Veronica Taylor
- Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning led by Ibi Losoncz
- Measurement: What, Why, How? led by Ashley Schram
- Quantitative Data Analysis led by Ibi Losoncz
- Interpreting Quantitative Articles and Results led by Ibi Losoncz
- Mixed Methods Research I: When and How to Use it led by Ibi Losoncz
- Mixed Methods Research II: Developing your MMR project led by Ibi Losoncz
- Participatory Research led by Miranda Forsyth and Imelda Deinla
- Qualitative Coding, NVivo, and SPSS led by Ibi Losoncz and one more facilitator (tbc)
- Conducting Research Reviews led by Janice Lee
All RegNet participants have access to readings and summaries of Methods Laboratory sessions through a dedicated Alliance site.