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Event: Conference: Mixed Methods Research and Causal Inference

Event date May 05, 2022 - May 06, 2022
Submission deadline February 01, 2022
Location UK
Host(s) University of Kent
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Mixed Methods Research and Causal Inference


5 -6 May 2022


University of Kent, UK


Yafeng Shan (University of Kent)

Keynote Speakers

Sharon Crasnow (Norco College)
R. Burke Johnson (University of South Alabama)


The British Academy
​The Leverhulme Trust


Causal claims abound in mixed methods research. However, conceptual and methodological issues relating to causality in mixed methods research have not been systematically examined. There is no consensus about which concept of causality is employed by mixed methods research. For example, Johnson, Russo, and Schoonenboom (2017) argue for a pluralist theory of causation in mixed methods research, while Haggard and Kaufman (2016) suggest a unified (monistic) approach. Nor is it clear which research design is best for the purpose of establishing a causal claim. This workshop aims to examine and explore the concept of causality and approaches to causal claims in mixed methods research. The questions to be addressed include but are not limited to:

Which concept of causality best fits mixed methods research?

Which better captures the concept of causality in mixed methods research: causal pluralism or causal monism?

Does mixed methods research provide a better approach to establishing causal claims than the use of a single method?

How is a causal claim established in mixed methods research?

*For more information, please click here.

​**The conference is part of the BA/Levehulme-funded project ‘The Metaphysical Foundations of Evidential Pluralism’ (2020-2022).

Submission Guidelines  

Please submit a 500-word abstract via Easychair by 1 February 2022. All questions about submissions should be emailed to Yafeng Shan (

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