Researching in a New Digitised Era

This annual conference will explore the opportunities, challenges and complexities of carrying out social science research in a digital environment.

Key themes

  • Digital Methodologies
  • How Tech Influences Society
  • Ethical Challenges with Digital Methodologies

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Deborah Prentice, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor
  • Dr Amy Orben, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge


Attendees will be able to choose from a range of presentations focusing on the different themes throughout the day.  Details of the sessions will be released closer to the event.


There will also be wellness sessions, careers service drop-ins and lunch between 12pm and 1pm.


The conference will finish with a drinks reception from 4.15pm to 6pm giving researchers an opportunity to network and collaborate.


The emergence and proliferation of digital technologies has opened prospects of possibility and potentials for pitfalls across the varied fields of our research. Having firmly crossed into this new ‘digitised era’, opportunities for collaboration, interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research have become apparent.


The conference will focus on the impacts of digitisation of research methodologies, the collaborative and interdisciplinary aspects, ethical and widening participation challenges and uncertainties that manifest as the digital aspects continue to grow at a fast pace.


The conference is funded by the Cambridge Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership.