This module is designed to extend and enhance students’ existing knowledge of social research methods. Where standard qualitative social research methods training tends to focus on using data-gathering instruments such as interviews, focus groups, ethnographic observations, and document analysis, this module considers emerging or more marginal bodies of sociological work which use or are influenced by creative and artistic practice and sensory engagement to gather, produce or analyze data sociologically. The module will draw on a range of examples of existing sociological work.

Learning Community Activities

Coming up
  • First edition of EUTOPIA LU ‘EUTOPIA LU 'Creative Research Methods' coordinated by Hannah Jones (UoW) - When? Jan-March 2022 – More info coming soon
  • Cross-campus workshops-series on creative research methods - When? Nov 2021 – March 2022 – More info coming soon
Past activities

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (

Learning Community Members

Click on names below to see picture and short biography
Lead: Hannah Jones (UW). Email:

Dr Hannah Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She writes, researches and teaches on racism, belonging and migration, and on critical public sociology. Aside from the EUTOPIA ‘Creative Research Methods’ unit, she teaches modules on ‘Racism and Xenophobia’, ‘Race and the Making of the Modern World’, and ‘Social Research for Social Change’. Her most recent book is Violent Ignorance: Confronting racism and migration control (2021). Her previous publications include Go Home? The politics of immigration controversies (2017), Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location (2014), and Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government (2013), which won the BSA Phillip Abrams Prize for best first book in UK sociology. (Hannah Jones (

Partner: Helena Holgersson (GU). Email:

Helena Holgersson, post-doc in Cultural Studies. In the spring of 2011 she defended her Ph.D. thesis in Sociology, Icke-medborgarskapets urbana geografi (The Urban Geography of Non-citizenship). Helena is the course leader of the unit The Post-industrial City in the course Scandinavian Studies: Cultural and Social Perspectives, and also teaches in the courses Studying Our Time and Culture and Democracy and the City in Culture, Bachelor’s programme, in the master degree programme The Practical Field of Culture, and in undergraduate courses in Cultural Studies. At the Department of Sociology she has previously taught courses such as Social Control in Contemporary SocietyQualitative MethodsAlienation, Exlusion and Modernity: Cultural Sociological Perspectives and Living in Europe: Work, Welfare and Family. 

Partner: Nike Kocijančič Pokorn (UL). Email:

Nike K. Pokorn is Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Ljubljana and the current director of the network International Doctorate in Translation Studies. Her research interests include translation and censorship, directionality in translation and public-service interpreting and translation. She was a member of the 8-member European Master's in Translation (EMT) Expert Group appointed by the Directorate General for Translation at the European Commission that was responsible for setting up the EMT network and creating the EMT competences document. She won the European Society for Translation Studies Award for her doctoral thesis, and served two terms on the board of EST – European Society for Translation Studies, and two terms on the board of EMT – European Master’s in Translation Network. She is author of Challenging the Traditional Axioms (Benjamins, 2005) and Post-Socialist Translation Practices (Benjamins, 2012) and co-editor with Kaisa Koskinen of The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Ethics (2021). (nike.pokorn(

Partner: Patricia Pereira (UNL). Email:

I hold a PhD in Urban Sociology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA-FCSH, 2013). I am postdoctoral researcher at CICS.NOVA since 2014. My project, “Port city lives: exploring the dynamics of gentrification in Lisbon”, aims at: (1) characterising gentrification related displacement in two neighbourhoods, by exploring five dimensions (historical, economical, political, cultural, and social) and (2) analysing citywide resistance against gentrification.

I am, since 2015, Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of  Social & Human Sciences – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA-FCSH). I teach mainly undergraduate courses in: Micro/Everyday Life Sociology, Urban Sociology, Sociology of the Territory. I also contribute periodically to the masters and PhD Programs in Urban Studies. I am an adjunct editor of the journal Forum Sociológico as well as co-coordinator of the Urban Sociology Research Network of the European Sociological Association – RN37.

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Partner: François Pernot (CY). Email:

As a professor in Early Modern History and Modern History at CY Cergy Paris University (former “Université de Cergy-Pontoise”) (France), François Pernot, is teaching in Cycles 1, 2 and 3 (Bachelor, Master and PhD/Doctorate). He is also the author of various books, works, articles, reports and papers for colloquiums on War studies, political, military and diplomatic history of Modern Europe and European countries from the XVth century to the XIXth century, the history of borders, frontiers and States, the history of the “Lotharingian Europe”, the history of events and actors. He works too on war, defense, security, armament and arms in the XXIst century and on the XXIst century wars (European Wars Studies, cyberwar, climatic wars, future wars, ultrawars…). He obtained in September 2017 the Jean Monnet European Chair in History: “War and Europe: Defense, Security, Heritage, Memory and Culture”. As such, he is leading researches on European War Studies. François Pernot is also acting director of the Doctoral School “Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences” of CY Cergy Paris University, director of the Graduate School “Humanities, Creation, Heritage”, member of the CNRS’s major unity of research (UMR – CNRS) 9022 Héritages – culture/s, patrimoine/s, création/s (CYU – CNRS). He is former auditor — and graded — of the “High Level course of Armament” (2007-2008) (École militaire – Paris). Besides, François Pernot is director of the Europe and International Department (EID) of Hcéres (former AERES) since September 1st 2013. He is also member of the board and vice-president of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education). François Pernot was vice-chairman of the University of Cergy-Pontoise (2002-2007) (300 professors, 15,000 students), dean of the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (2007-2013) (60 professors, 1,500 students).

Partner: Kevin Smets (VUB). Email:

Kevin Smets is research professor at the Department of Communication Studies, focusing on cultural media studies and film studies. He currently leads the ERC-funded project ‘Reel Borders’ and has published widely on the intersections of media, migration and conflict. He teaches the course ‘Film history’.

Community assistant: Emily Pickthall (UW). Email:

Emily is the Learning Development Assistant for the EUTOPIA ‘Creative Research Methods’ unit. Since 2021, she has been studying towards an ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick, with research interests in sex work, gender and sexuality studies, the sociology of work and creative research methods and pedagogies. Previously, she worked in academic publishing as a member of editorial staff at Routledge, Taylor & Francis.