Duration: 40 hours (5 days)

Number of Participants: 15-20

Pre-requisite: Master’s degree in social science or any other relevant discipline. Background in social science research will be an asset.


Dr. Dirgha Ghimire, Research Associate Professor, University of Michigan  

Dr. Prem Bhandari, Senior Research Scientist, ISER-N

Ms. Rija Manandhar, Research Officer, ISER-N

Mr. Binoj K. Shrestha, Research Associate, ISER-N

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of different research methods commonly used in social and environmental research. Broad topics include: (a) Archival Research; (b) Ethnographic Research; (c) Survey Research; and (d) Environmental/Spatial Research. Under each method, specific topics include: social science as science; theory and research; question formulation and research design; measurement issues; methods and techniques of data collection, instrument design, data analysis, and report writing. Ethics in social research will also be discussed.

This interactive course uses a combination of lecture, in-class exercises, group exercises and individual participation. Individual consultation will be provided to assist participants with the assignments leading to a grant proposal.

Assignments throughout the week should be emailed or handed in a shard copy the day they are due. Feedback will be provided in a timely manner to aid in future assignments.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand strength and weakness of each of the research methods.
  • Learn to choose appropriate research method to answer specific research question.