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Talking about Methods

Welcome to Talking about Methods, a series of podcasts brought to you by the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. In each podcast, Professor Linda Mulcahy will be in conversation with leading scholars in the field about how a variety of different research methods have informed their Socio-Legal work. From surveys to semi-structured interviews and beyond, we delve into the challenges, dilemmas, and unexpected twists and turns of empirical research. The podcasts below are the first in a programme of podcasts about methods we will be developing at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford over the next couple of years. You will find a short reading list to accompany each talk to guide future reading. Enjoy!

View all of our episodes, categorised by methods and methodologies, at a glance here.

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Linking Administrative Data and Surveys

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Ben Edwards (ANU) about the linkage of administrative data to surveys and longitudinal studies.

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CSLS-ANU Quantitative Methods Series

The Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) has co-produced a series on quantitative methods with colleagues from the Centre for Social Policy Research at the Australian National University.

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Understanding Law through Objects

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Jessie Hohmann (Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney) about researching law through studying objects.

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Doctrinal Legal Method

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Kristin van Zwieten (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford) about doing doctrinal legal research.

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Emotional Labour and Vicarious Trauma in Socio-Legal Research

In this special Talking about Methods double feature, we are sharing our interviews with Dr Marie Burton and Dr Shona Minson on emotional labour and vicarious trauma in carrying out research.

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Working with Communities Over Time

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Insa Koch (University of St. Gallen) about researching, and working with, communities over time.

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Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy chats to listeners about designing a socio-legal research project and choosing between qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

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Court Observation

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Sally Reardon (University of the West of England Bristol) about court observation in journalism and in academic research.

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Comparative Law

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Matthew Dyson (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford) about doing comparative legal research.

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Comparative Socio-Legal Research

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professors Ole Hammerslev and Hilary Sommerlad about comparative socio-legal research.

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Law and Performance

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Kate Leader (York Law School, University of York) about law and theatre and performance studies.

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Legal Geography

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Alex Jeffrey (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge) about doing legal geography.