A collaborative research manifesto! An early career response to uncertainties

Ned Barker*, Aneeza Pervez, Michel Wahome, Alison R. McKinlay, Nidal Al Haj Sleiman, Phillip Harniess, Nikolett Puskás, Duy Mac, Mohammed A. Almazrouei, Chinonso Ezenwajiaku, Anthony Isiwele, Nuoya Tan, Michael D’aprix, Athina Petsou, Jake Love Soper

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Social researchers have been adapting methods and practices in response to COVID-19. In the wake of these adaptations, but still in the midst of intersecting crises that the pandemic has exacerbated or shifted (e.g. health-social-political-economic), researchers face a future suffused with methodological uncertainties. This paper presents a Collaborative Research Manifesto that responds to this by promoting markers for meaningful collaborations in future research. The manifesto was co-written primarily through a series of workshops and events that were designed to identify challenges within, and potential for, collaborative research. Through this exploratory collaborative qualitative process, we highlight what the future of such research could look like and describe methodological commitments that collaborative researchers should embody. The discussion draws on wider methodological literature to articulate the key role that ‘collaborative research’ can offer in uncertain times whilst being sensitive of the limitations of our assertive and radical programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-597
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • collaborative research
  • crisis
  • early career research network
  • interdisciplinarity
  • Manifesto
  • uncertainty


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