7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Now Online – via Zoom

Tuesday 1 December to Thursday 3 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. Short videos (under 5 minutes) - including a student short video competition (abstract in the conference proceedings).

Updates from previously advertised physical conference

Timeline / Deadlines

  • Early September: Earlybird registration opens
  • 8 October 2020 (was 24 September 2020): Paper submission closes
  • 28 October 2020 (was 14 October 2020): Earlybird registration closes
  • 1 December 2020 at 7:30pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) – Conference opens

How will an online conference work?

ACSPRI conference attendees are used to the intimate nature of the conference and the opportunity for small group discussion. To facilitate this as much as possible in an online environment, we want conference attendees to be active participants and join in with their webcams via Zoom.

Besides the short videos which will be available to view at any time, presentations will be live via Zoom and moderated by the session convenor. As for a normal conference presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion after presentations are made.

Depending on the number of submissions to the conference, we will do our best to schedule as few sessions concurrently as possible so you won’t miss out on presentations you would like to attend. We will also ask permission of presenters for sessions to be recorded and made available for later viewing.

Student short video competition (was Student Poster Competition)

  • To be eligible to enter students must have their short video 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 video presentation.
    • The quality of the visuals.
  • The ACSPRI Executive Committee will judge the short video.
  • The prize is a voucher to attend an ACSPRI course (valued at up to $2,120.00 *Early bird member rate)
  • Short video presenters must be currently enrolled students at an ACSPRI member institution.
  • Students interested in having their videos considered for the Short Video Competition must:
    • Submit an abstract by 8 October 2020
    • Indicate they would like to be considered for the prize in the submission
    • Register for the conference by the early bird deadline of 28 October 2020
    • Self produce a video in a web ready format
    • All videos will be published on the conference website. The winner will be announced during the conference. Note: to have a video displayed on the conference website you must register and attend the conference.
  • All students are eligible for the student video competition, including those that present a paper 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 registration costs (Earlybird rate until 28 October 2020):
    -- Full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $10
    -- Employee or non-full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $20
    -- All others: $50
  • The rates after 28 October will be:
    -- Full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $20
    -- Employee or non-full time student at an ACSPRI member institution: $40
    -- All others: $100