Doing Research During COVID: Adapting Your Research Design and Methods

December 3 2020

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Time: December 3, 9am New York, 2pm London, 3pm Berlin, 10pm Hong Kong

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2020

Overview: COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of life, including research projects. This webinar is an opportunity for researchers at all career stages to consider ways to adapt their research designs and methods to respond to these conditions. The panelists will cover a variety of research methods, including qualitative fieldwork, experiments and survey research. As well as offering brief presentations from panelists, the webinar will be an opportunity for participants to exchange their knowledge and experiences. Participants will also be directed to resources that will assist them in adapting their research projects during the pandemic period.

Key Topics:

  1. Ways of adapting fieldwork to pandemic conditions
  2. Considerations for research design and data analysis
  3. Ethical concerns for researchers during COVID-19
  4. Useful resources on researching during COVID-19


  • Pervez Ghauri, University of Birmingham
  • Melanie Nind, University of Southampton
  • Amir Qamar, University of Birmingham


  • Ursula Ott, Nottingham Trent University


Pervez Ghauri (Panelist)

Ghauri photoPervez Ghauri completed his PhD at Uppsala University (Sweden) where he also taught for several years. Currently Pervez is Professor of International Business at University of Birmingham (UK). Pervez is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Business Review (IBR) and Consulting Editor for Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Pervez is a Fellow for both the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and the Academy of International Business (AIB), where he was also Vice President between 2008 and 2010. Pervez has published 30 books including the best seller, Research Methods in Business Studies, now in 5th edition with Cambridge University Press. He has also published more than 100 articles in top level journals.

Melanie Nind (Panelist)

Nind photoMelanie Nind, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton and Director of the Centre for Research in Inclusion in the Southampton Education School. Melanie is one of the co-directors of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods where she leads research on the pedagogy of research methods learning. She is currently Principal Investigator for the ESRC-founded project ‘Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19’. Melanie edits the Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education book series.

Amir Qamar (Panelist)

Qamar photoAmir Qamar is Assistant Professor in Strategic Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK). His research interests include investigating multiplier effects within certain supply chains, the employment footprint of MNEs, ambidextrous production processes, R&D initiatives and productivity levels. Amir is also an Officer of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Research Methods Shared Interest Group (RM-SIG).

Ursula Ott (Moderator)

Ott photoUrsula F. Ott is the Head of the International Business, Strategy and Decision Making Research Centre at Nottingham Business School.
She has a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Vienna. Ursula Ott’s research and teaching interests comprise strategic and interactive decision making in international organisations, collaborative relationships across culture and international negotiations. Her publications appear as books and in leading journals (Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, Sociology, International Negotiations among others). She has won Prizes and Best Paper Awards at major international conferences for the analysis of international negotiations with a game theoretical and configurational approach. She is on the committee of the AIB Research Methods SIG and its Vice President for Webinars and PhD Programmes.