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Interdisciplinarity and Multimethod Research

Forthcoming in B.A. Andreassen, H.O. Sano and S. McIernet-Lankford, Human Rights Research Methods, (Edward Elgar, 2017), Ch. 8

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-30

30 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016 Last revised: 22 Dec 2016

Malcolm Langford

University of Oslo - Faculty of Law; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI); Pluricourts Centre of Excellence

Date Written: October 18, 2016

Abstract

Human rights are a natural subject for interdisciplinary and multimethod research but it is not clear whether the emerging scholarship fully lives up to its demands. This chapter asks: How are pluralistic approaches best advanced in research? How can we use different disciplines to frame research questions and choose methods? And, what do we mean by a multimethod approach? In answering these questions, this chapter discusses different streams of interdisciplinary human rights research, identifies cross-cutting faultlines, and offers a multimethod framework that includes methods from the social sciences, humanities (including law and philosophy) and the natural sciences.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity; Methods; Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Langford, Malcolm, Interdisciplinarity and Multimethod Research (October 18, 2016). Forthcoming in B.A. Andreassen, H.O. Sano and S. McIernet-Lankford, Human Rights Research Methods, (Edward Elgar, 2017), Ch. 8 ; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2854037

Malcolm Langford (Contact Author)

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Pluricourts Centre of Excellence ( email )

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