Center for Research Methods

Center for Research Methods for humanities and social sciences

Project as part of "InStudiesPlus"

Duration: October 2016 - December 2020
Funding: BMBF as part of InStudiesPlus
Supporting faculties: Faculty for Social Science (Dipl.-Soz.wiss. Sebastian Jeworutzki, Prof. Dr. Jessica Pflüger, Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schräpler, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Weins) and Faculty of Philosophy and Education Sciences (Prof. Dr. Norbert Ricken)

Lead: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Weins and Dipl. Soz.wiss. Sebastian Jeworutzki

Research Associates:

  • Sebastian Gerhartz M.A.
  • Yvonne Kohlbrunn M.A.
  • Daniel Weller M.A.

Research Assistants:

  • Kira Heermann B.A.
  • Julius Kötter B.A.
  • Adrian Neuser B.A.

Former staff:

  • Judith Fila M.A.
  • Dr. Nele Kuhlmann M.Ed.
  • Lisa Rüge M.A.
  • Carla Scheyt M.A.
  • Aaron Stursberg

The advancement of data collection methods and analysis techniques, along with the increased availability of (digital) data and the development of new software packages, has influenced research in many disciplines. It has also opened up new research possibilities in the humanities and social sciences. The Center for Research Methods addresses this aspect and promotes interdisciplinary and cross-faculty competencies among students, enabling them to conduct their own empirical research, whether quantitatively or qualitatively oriented. Building upon existing offerings for undergraduate students, the Center for Research Methods is introducing cross-faculty programs at the master's level for the first time. This includes introductions to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods. As part of advancing offerings at the master's level, specific programs for the practical semester in the Master of Education are also being developed and tested. The Center for Research Methods aims to enhance the visibility and accessibility of current methodological training offerings within the faculties, fostering interdisciplinary synergies. Furthermore, the project duration will be utilized to establish and foster contacts and collaborations between researchers engaging in empirical work across different faculties.