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New Director appointed at methods@manchester

(14 July 2017)

Dr Lisa Williams has been appointed Director of methods@manchester. She is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Q-Step at the School of Law. 

For almost two decades, Lisa has undertaken research of both recreational and dependent drug taking. In particular, she has focused on how recreational drug use changes across the life course.  Lisa uses mixed methods combining quantitative and qualitative research strategies.  Her main research is connected to the Illegal Leisure project, a mixed methods longitudinal study which has been tracking a cohort of young people from adolescence, since the early 1990s, into young adulthood.  

The Faculty-funded methods@manchester, based in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI) highlights Manchester’s strength in research methods, promoting interdisciplinary and innovative methodological developments. It provides research methods training for staff and students and an opportunity for researchers and PhD candidates to showcase their research through seminars and presentations.  

Lisa said: “I’m looking forward to growing the methods@manchester legacy and brand, and developing it further to ensure we provide cutting-edge training and methods focused events for staff and postgraduate researchers. I am keen our programme of events reflects the methodological innovations, as well as traditions, at Manchester and that we also provide training to develop existing and future researchers. Please do get in touch if you are using methodological approaches you think others can benefit from, or if you have a training need.”