Real Life Methods

Dates: 1 October 2005 to January 2009
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) RES-576-25-5017 
Director: Jennifer Mason

About Real Life Methods

Real Life Methods was part of the ESRC's National Centre for Research Methods. NCRM aims to improve research methods skills and techniques used by social scientists.

Real Life Methods Node was based at the Morgan Centre, University of Manchester and Leeds Social Science Institute, University of Leeds.


Our research was based on the subject areas of family, youth and community. The research programme was made up of four projects and a programme of synergising activities. Our methodological approach mirrored the interdisciplinary nature of the research by combining different methods with the aim of grasping the multi-dimensionality of 'real lives'.

Training and Capacity Building

Our training and capacity building programme included training workshops for the academic social science community, and for research users and social scientists working outside academia, a seminar programme, linked PhD studentship and masters bursary, and visiting fellowships/placements.


This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Ref: RES-576-25-5017).