Seminar Series for Research Capability Enhancement
for the Self-financing Degree Sector of Hong Kong

Research Methodology Design

[Powerpoint] [Poster]
Time & date:
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 23 March 2015, Monday
GHP602, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Dr Peter Cunich, The University of Hong Kong

Researchers in the humanities and social sciences are expected to complete the same application forms as colleagues in the sciences when applying for research funding, but these forms are typically designed to meet the needs of scientific research.  One of the application requirements that creates most confusion among colleagues is the need to provide an explanation of the methodology to be used in the research.  While some of the social sciences have established methodologies that are analogous to the sciences, most humanities disciplines favour approaches that are assumed to be either self-evident or else difficult to put into words.  This seminar will explore the ways in which humanities and social science researchers might best explain their research methodologies when making applications for research grants.  What are the types of methodologies we use?  Are these methodologies discipline specific?  How should we explain methodology in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects?  Which of these methodologies should we adopt for our research projects?  The seminar will provide an opportunity for identifying and sharing best practice, as well as drafting high quality methodological statements.

About the

Dr Peter Cunich has been teaching history at the University of Hong Kong for more than twenty years, holding at various times administrative and leadership posts including Head of Department and Associate Dean.  He has been an active researcher in the areas of late-medieval monastic history, modern missionary history, and the history of higher education in Hong Kong.  During his time at HKU he has been a member of the Research Committee of the Faculty of Arts, has evaluated research applications for the University Research Committee, and has mentored junior colleagues in formulating their research grant applications.  For many years he was involved in vetting research grants before their submission to the RGC.

Enquiries: Isabella Ho (Centennial College)
Tel: 3762 6284
Hoyee Auyeung (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6051
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Centennial College
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
This seminar was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/14).

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