Centre for Social Research and Methods Highlights

Centre for Social Research and Methods Highlights

The Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) focuses on the development of social research methods, the analysis of social issues and policy, training in social science methods, and providing access to social scientific data. CSRM also hosts the Australian Data Archive, which provides a national collection and preseveration service of digital research data.

Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

  • A/Prof Toni Makkai represented the CSRM at the at Joint Quantitative Political Science Conference for Asia and Australasia in Sydney with the presentation “World Values Survey – Australian Overview”, as well as presenting “Gender and Crime” at the ANU/NTU Research Forum in Singapore.
  • Dr Robert Ackland and Dr Tim Graham presented their report on “Governing news production via blockchain technologies,” at the Mundane Governance Conference: Exploring the Hardwiring, Disappearance & Politics of Everyday Government event that was held at the ANU from 28 - 29 November 2017.
  • Throughout 2017, the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods ran the Social Research and Methods Seminar series. The series included speakers from a range of research backgrounds, all with an applied research methods focus. These Seminar series included presentations such as “The role of informal wage negotiations in explaining the gender wage gap”, “Mental health and the employment careers of young people in Australia - what is the casual relationship?”, “Work and Socio-economic differences in biomarkers of stress”, “PolicyMod: ANU’s model of the Australian tax and transfer system”, “Using an ‘Intermediate Data structure’ for sharing and analyzing historical life course data”, “Non-Parametric spatial bayesian crime regression”, and “Methods in the madness: Research design, lofistics and luck in remote Indigenous community contexts”

Consultancies and Outreach

  • The CSRM presented at a range of international conferences which included the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication in San Diego in May 2017. The presentations at the conference included New Software and Tools for Analyzing Communication and a presentation at the Panel on Network Methods for Communication Research. These presentations were conducted by Dr Robert Ackland, Associate Professor at the School of Sociology.
  • Dr Steven McEachern and Dr Heather Leeasor presenting their report on The Data Seal of Approval in the Australian context-Assessing the Australian Data Archive as a Trusted Digital Repository at the International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology Annual Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • The CSRM also presented reports on a national scale, including presenting a report on Self-Auditing as a Trusted Digital Repository-evaluating the Australian Data Archive as a trusted repository for Australian social science at the Open Repositories Conference, in Brisbane.


  • Dr Liz Allen was awarded with the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Media and Outreach, which is an award that encourages and recognises University staff for outstanding contributions to public policy forumulation and debate.
  • Dr Jason Payne, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology was award the 2017 Australian Award for University Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career). Dr Payne recieved the award for bringing to the classroom a new philosophy of genuine change to the Australian criminal justice system.

Updated:  28 September 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications