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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!

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Doing a Biography of a Piece of Legislation

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Sally Sheldon (University of Bristol Law School) about doing a biography of a piece of legislation.

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Interviewing Judges

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Mark Coen (School of Law, University College Dublin) about interviewing judges.

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The Price of Positionality

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Mark Fathi Massoud (University of California, Santa Cruz) about positionality in Socio-Legal research.

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Doing Research in a Developing Country

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Gita Gill (School of Law, Northumbria University) about her experience of doing fieldwork in India.

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Shadowing Human Rights Lawyers

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Agnieszka Kubal (UCL) about her experience of shadowing human rights lawyers in her research.

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Insider Research

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Roxana Willis (University of Oxford) about doing insider research.

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Archiving and Working with Secondary Datasets

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Herbert Kritzer (University of Minnesota Law School) about archiving and working with secondary datasets.

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Observation

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Robert Dingwall (Nottingham Trent University) about using observation in socio-legal research.

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Feminist Judgments

In this IWD 2022 special, Professor Linda Mulcahy speaks with Professor Rosemary Hunter, Professor Sharon Cowan, and Professor Aoife O'Donoghue about various feminist judgments projects.

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Elite Interviewing

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Veronica Taylor (Australian National University) about elite interviewing.

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Feminist Legal Biography

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (School of Law, University of Reading) about feminist legal biography.

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Doing Research with Intellectually Disabled Research Participants

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Professor Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham) about doing research with intellectually disabled participants.