This two day methodology retreat brings together doctoral students and experienced socio-legal scholars who are working on empirical studies of law and legal phenomena.  Now in its fourth year this methodology masterclass provides opportunities for students to examine the methodological, practical and ethical issues involved in exploring law from a socio-legal perspective.  The focus this year will be on the interface between qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods.   More specifically we will be exploring the concept of mixed methods and triangulation, randomised controlled trials, content analysis of corporate reports, dilemmas when working in the field and using government statistics.

The Masterclasses are intended to provide students with the opportunity to spend time with experienced socio-legal scholars in exploring the challenges they have faced in their own empirical work and how they have overcome them.  Workshop leaders this year include:

  • Professor Linda Mulcahy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Oxford
  • Dr Marina Kurkchiyan, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
  • Professor Sally Wheeler, Australian National University
  • Dr Meredith Rossner, London School of Economics and Political science
  • Dr Rebecca Sutton, Edinburgh University
  • ‚ÄčProfessor Phil Thomas, Cardiff University
  • There are only 20 student places at this event in which the focus is on high quality group discussions. Places are free for ESRC funded research students (except for travel costs) and there are competitive bursaries for other places.  Students will be set selected academic outputs of the workshop leaders to read in advance of the session in order to facilitate in-depth discussion.

    This event is designed for students working in the field of socio-legal studies in the second, third and fourth years of their PhD (or part time equivalent).  It has been made possible as a result of generous support by the ESRC, the Journal of Law and Society, the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and the Socio-legal Studies Association means.  

    Please note only those awarded bursaries or funded by the ESRC will be eligible to attend. If you are not ESRC funded then any places booked will be provisional until the award of a bursary is confirmed.

Further details        Programme (coming soon)        Bursary Application Form


This event is being funded by:

The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford
The Oxford ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The Journal of Law and Society
The Socio-Legal Studies Association


Organising Committee

Linda Mulcahy, CSLS