The Method

The Method is a podcast show about researchers, their research work and the methods that they use to explore the questions that bother them. It aims to show a variety of research methods that can be used to find answers to difficult questions.

This show is made possible through the subgrant from the Media Initiatives Center and supported by the US Embassy in Armenia. The authors are fully responsible for the views and voices raised in the episodes.

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Episode 11:Teacher motivations and selves

In this episode we talk to Taguhi Sahakyan from Leeds University, who shares insights of her doctoral research about teacher motivations. She talks about the three selves that teachers have and how these selves play out in their teaching practice and beliefs. 

Episode 10: Research ethics: studying people

We sat down with Kristina Akopyan, a medical doctor, consultant, and researcher to talk about research ethics, its principles and standards. Especially, we were interested in how research ethics comes forward while researching people, and how the fine line between harming and protecting research participants comes into play.


Episode 9: Exploring Laundry Practices

In this episode, we talk to Hasmik Knyazyan, a cultural anthropologist, who shares her observations about the laundry practices in the city of Yerevan, and the history and the stories behind it. As we walked through the streets in Yerevan and watched the hanging laundry outside, Hasmik commented on what laundry may be telling about the culture and the practices of a household. What will your laundry tell about you?

Episode 8: Researching media content

In this episode, Ani Kojoyan is sharing the research she co-ran back in 2013-14, where she explored the issues of masculinity in the Armenian TV series and the role of gender violence in relation to masculinity.

Episode 7: The patchwork

Muse is fluid – when it leaves you, you have to let it enjoy its freedom before it comes back. Meanwhile, here is an intermediary episode for you to listen to. With our guests, sometimes a conversation flows with too many precious ideas and instead of killing them, Anna has decided to combine them into a patchwork. This episode combines highlights from conversations with guests from the previous episodes, who sketch ideas about what it means to be a researcher, its challenges, how they worked with their supervisors, and what they discovered about themselves.

Episode 6: Doing narrative research

We all have stories to tell. Life itself is a narrative full of our stories. We sat down with Irena Grigoryan to talk about her research, which she did while studying in Slovenia. She shares how she explored the narratives of high-skilled people who have returned to Armenia and have (or have not) paved their ways. What’s your story?

Episode 5: Research in Clinical linguistics

In this episode, our guest, Dr. Byurakn Ishkhanyan, shares her experience while doing her masters in the Netherlands. She discusses the challenges of her research, ways to find research participants and that research cannot always be as smooth as we plan.

Episode 4: Researching children using photovoice

This time the floor is for Satenik Khachatryan, who shares her research done during her studies in Sweden. She describes the method of photovoice that helped her explore the role of the native language in bilingual children in Sweden.
What do you think needs to be considered when involving children as research participants?

Episode 3: Researching vulnerable adults

What do you do to protect your research participants who are vulnerable? In this episode, we talk to a researcher from the International Center for Human Development, Kristina Sargsyan, who reflects on her experience of working over a project where she had to set up a focus group with women who were victims of domestic violence. As we talk, she shares the dilemmas she was facing, the emotional toll she carried and the strategies she developed alongside.
What about you – do you think vulnerable participants should be involved in research experiments at all?

Episode 2: Participatory action research #2

In this episode, we continue talking about participatory approach to research using a variety of methods. We sat down with Prof. Sona Manusyan, a psychologist and a researcher, to discuss how she explores civic movements and the concepts of Them and Us in them.

Episode 1: Participatory Action research #1

Isn’t our life participatory action research, after all? In this episode, we talk to Goharik Tigranyan, a young researcher who shares her story of using the participatory action research approach to exploring the work of student councils in Armenia.

Intro to the episodes