Conducting research in a multidisciplinary setting, where researchers hail from different academic backgrounds, each with its preferred (and non-preferred) research methods and methodological strengths and relative weaknesses, has many challenges. On the other hand, interdisciplinary research can capitalize on the strengths of various multiple disciplines to facilitate a cross-pollination of research methods between research team members and across disciplines.
The methodological issues that commonly arise in urban health research (e.g., complex samples and non-independence of observations, multiple levels of data, measurement, missing data, causal inference, among others) are not unique to urban health research. Nonetheless, that these significant issues are very likely to occur (often simultaneously) presents considerable methodological challenges to conducting urban health research.
To address these challenges, PUHR has initiated a quantitative methods group. An aim for this group is to provide a forum where PUHR researchers can contribute their collective quantitative knowledge (e.g., through workshops and seminars) to current and future urban health research projects and to the broader GSU academic research community. The initial meeting is planned for summer 2008, to discuss how we can move this idea forward. A meeting schedule will be announced on the web page and via e-mail to those who have expressed interest.
In our initial discussions, we will discuss the feasibility and interest in broadening the focus also to include qualitative research methods, or more broadly, research methods. For information about the group, contact: