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Centre for Methodological Research in the Social Sciences

Centre Leadership

CMRiSS has two co-directors, both with significant research leadership experience. Professor Tim May (Salford University) has provided invaluable advice on implementing the vision of the centre, for which we thank him. (see:

Dr Tiago Moreira

Dr. Tiago Moreira is Reader in Sociology. A social scientist trained in both sociology and science and technology studies, his work has been concerned with the role of evidence and standardised tools in the governance of health care, which became the focus of a research monograph published by Routledge in 2012. His work has also been also published in international journals such as Social Studies of Science, Science, Technology and Human Values, Social Science and Medicine, and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. His current interest is in the changing configuration of knowledge practices, standards and institutions in the making and transformation of the ‘aging society’. Dr. Moreira’s expertise is mainly in qualitative methods and his research focuses often on the use of social sciences methods in practice. 

Currently the principal investigator in two research grants, he has also been co-investigator in a large EC research grant (2009-2012). He currently supervises 7 PhD Students. Dr. Moreira was Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Healthy Ageing, Copenhagen University in 2011-12. He was an Elected Council Member of the European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (2007-2010), and is currently a Member of the Editorial Board of Sociology of Health and Illness, a leading journal in social science and health. Dr. Moreira was plenary speaker at the BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference 2014 (

Professor David Byrne

Professor Byrne is an internationally recognised leader on social research methodology and complexity theory. He has written and edited a number of leading methodological texts including Interpreting Quantitative Data 2002, Applying Social Science 2011, Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences: the state of the art (with Callaghan) 2013, The Sage Handbook of Case Based Methods (with Ragin) 2009, and Cluster Analysis (4 volumes with Uprichard) 2010. Other publications include numerous journal articles and chapters with a methodological focus. 

He led the ESRC methods series on case based methods and is one of the leaders of the current ESRC seminar series on the role of complexity theory in the social sciences. He has held positions with the Social Policy Association, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Universities Council for Social and Public Administration; he was Editor of Sociology, the BSA flagship journal. He was Member ESRC College of Assessors, Member ESRC Research Training Board. He is also an Academician at the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In 2012 he received the Social Policy Association (SPA) Special Recognition Award. His expertise is general including quantitative and qualitative approaches and he has supervised more than twenty Ph.D. students who have used a wide variety of methods in innovative ways.