writing-carol-burnsI write about research methods because I find them so fascinating.

If you come and tell me that music preferences in teenagers can be used to predict income levels in adulthood, I will be interested, but what I will most want to know is how you found that out. Making discoveries is a thrilling experience and I love to help people on their way to that ‘Aha!’ moment.

My work has been published in books and academic journals; see a list of book chapters and academic journal articles.

I have also had some fiction published, mostly short stories. There is more information about my writing on my Amazon page and my Google Scholar page.

Short e-books

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I write short, informative e-books for doctoral students, which I publish under the Know More Publishing brand.

Full-length books

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences A Practical GuideCreative research methods can help to answer complex contemporary questions, which are hard to answer using traditional methods alone. Creative methods can also be more ethical, helping researchers to address social injustice. This accessible book is the first to identify and examine the four pillars of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. Written in a practical and jargon-free style, it offers numerous examples of creative methods in practice, from the social sciences, arts, and humanities around the world. Spanning the gulf between academia and practice, this useful book will inform and inspire researchers by showing readers why, when, and how to use creative methods in their research.

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Reviews for Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide:

“…a refreshingly open and accessible introduction to an expressive and enriching field […] Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences opens a window onto some of the most innovative contemporary social research practices. It will reward active readers, new scholars, researchers and those seeking to gain a sense of this dynamic field.” – Sarah Lewthwaite for the LSE Review of Books

“The book is a positive romp through a whole range of creative methods and approaches. […] It’s a timely and much needed prompt to all social scientists about the importance of thinking outside of the box and not being afraid to jump out of our methodological comfort zones once in a while.”Kandy Woodfield

Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners

research and evaluation for busy practitionersMore and more people working in public services have to do research on top of their day jobs. This can include workplace research, such as evaluation, audit, training needs analysis or satisfaction surveys, or research for a professional development qualification such as diploma, master’s degree or PhD. Unlike most how-to books that treat research as if it exists in isolation, this book will show you how to juggle research, work, family, and social life. Based on interviews with practitioners from health, education, social care, criminal justice, government and the third sector, as well as the author’s extensive experience, it provides a wealth of practical information and tips to save you time, effort and stress. This book is for anyone in the public or third sector, an independent research organisation or academia, who wants to know how to do research on top of their day job and still have a life.

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Reviews for Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners:

“A great resource for social workers carrying out research alongside frontline work” – Community Care’s social work blog

Excerpts from reviews for Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners on Amazon UK:

“Imagine you had a kind big sister and she had already been through the experience of researching for a PhD or for her job. Then, imagine she wrote a book to help you on your journey. This is the book that would result.”

“This is the best Research Road Map that I have ever read, and (dissertation supervisor please turn away now) the only one that I have ever read from cover to cover (because I could not put it down).”

“This book is an absolute must for any researcher. Crammed full of useful tips, advice and insights, it provides motivation and reassurance that each element of the research process is within your reach.”