5th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Social Science in Australia: 40 years on

July 19-22, 2016

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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 1980s. These programs are now held throughout Australia each year.

To mark this significant anniversary for ACSPRI, the theme of our 5th Social Science Methodology Conference, (conferences were held in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014)  is “Social science in Australia: 40 years on”. We think 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.

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.

More details available on the conference website: https://conference.acspri.org.au/index.php/conf/conference2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016