We are a methods innovation centre focused on designing novel methods to tackle complex real-world challenges, creating tools for navigating the global methods landscape, & developing interdisciplinary methods for knowledge advancement.
At the DRMC we are very excited to be launching our new methods strategy. Our vision is to become world-leading at innovating methods for the interdisciplinary study of complexity in social science and health. Building on the accomplishments of the DRMC over the past three years, we will pioneer three core research themes:
Each theme builds on the in-depth methodological skills and talents of our outstanding team of researchers and fellows, as well as our engagement with the methods expertise of colleagues, centres, institutes and research groups at Durham University. We look forward to working with colleagues across the four faculties around the DRMC’s new themes. Our emphasis is on social science and health and creating key outputs that align with the University’s strategic priorities in research, education, public outreach and global standing. As part of our new vision, we will enhance the DRMC’s global reputation by engaging with national and international academic partners, including leading methods centres around the world, to create a global methods network, with Durham as a central hub. We will continue to develop the MARM and help support the new MDS and apprenticeships, as well as run methods workshops, seminars and conferences at Durham University around our three themes. We will also create an outward-facing online presence that offers freely available educational tools and methods software to the global methods community, which can be used in undergraduate and postgraduate education, active research and public stakeholder decision-making. In terms of outreach, we will pioneer a rigorous co-production focus across the DRMC’s three themes and research strands, based on immediate and long-term partnerships with local, national, and global stakeholders in the private, public and third sector and government. Here is more information about the three themes:
THEME 1: Designing novel methods to tackle complex real-world challengesTHEME 2: Creating tools for navigating the global methods landscapeTHEME 3: Developing interdisciplinary methods for knowledge advancement