7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Holme Building, University of Sydney

Wednesday 2 December to Friday 4 December 2020

One of the challenges in the social science methods space is it's dynamic nature. Given this and the need to keep abreast of changes and innovation, this conference provides the opportunity to reflect on where we've come from, highlight where we are and imagine our future as social scientists.

A unique feature of this conference is that it is multi-disciplinary and brings together researchers and methodologists from a range of environments and contexts.

The conference is organised around four themes:

  1. Research paradigms and designs;
  2. Research methods and techniques;
  3. Research technology and tools;
  4. Datasets, data collections and data archiving.

Each theme will have a plenary, panel or keynote; sessions where papers are presented; and workshops as appropriate.

There will be two types of papers:

  1. Papers / presentations where an abstract is reviewed (abstract in the conference proceedings).
  2. Posters - including a student poster competition (abstract in the conference proceedings).

Timeline / Deadlines

  • 27 March 2020: Call for session convenors closes
  • 24 September 2020: Paper submission closes
  • 14 October 2020: Earlybird registration closes

Student poster competition

  • To be eligible to enter students must have their poster abstracts accepted for the conference. Each abstract should articulate your project/thesis research question and the method(s) you employ to address this.
  • A prize will be awarded based on:
    • The ability to succinctly present the research question and method.
    • The content of the poster.
    • The quality of the visuals.
  • The ACSPRI Executive Committee will judge the poster.
  • The prize is a voucher to attend an ACSPRI course (valued at up to $1,380.00)
  • Poster presenters must be currently enrolled students at an ACSPRI member institution.
  • Students interested in having their posters considered for the Poster Competition must:
    • Submit an abstract by 24 September 2020
    • Indicate they would like to be considered for the prize in the submission
    • Register for the conference by the early bird deadline of 14 October 2020
    • Self produce, print and bring to the conference an A1 size poster
    • All posters will be displayed in the exhibition area of the conference and the winner will be announced during the conference. Note: to have a poster displayed you must register and attend the conference.
  • All students are eligible for the poster competition, including those that present during a session, but this might be of special interest to those starting on a research project where ideas may not be developed enough for a full conference presentation.


  • Registration is due to open in September 2020.
  • For budgeting purposes - here are the expected registration costs (Earlybird rate):
    -- Full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $325
    -- Employee or non-full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $535
    -- All others: $905