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Charlotte Brookfield

Dr Charlotte Brookfield


School of Social Sciences


I am a senior lecturer of Social Sciences. My research interests are informed by the 'crisis' of number in social sciences and initiatives aimed at engaging social science students with quantitative approaches. Specifically, my recent research has focussed on the place of quantitative research in sociology. 

In October 2020, I was appointed to the role of Co-Director of the Cardiff Q-Step Centre of Excellence in Quantitative Methods Teaching. The Cardiff centre is one of 15 centres based in UK higher education institutions exploring innovative and new approaches to engaging social science students with quantitative research methods. As the Co-Director for the Cardiff Centre, I represent the University at networking events, evaluate the effectiveness of the School’s quantitative methods training provision, lead on our outreach and widening participation activities and liaise with external stakeholders including local organisations who can host placement students. 

I am also the Co-Director for Engagement and Student Voice for the School of Social Sciences. This role involves developing new initiatives to enhance the student experience, monitoring student satisfaction performance metrics and supporting student representation systems. 










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Broadly my research interests fall in the field of education. I am interested in how we can engage social science students, and more generally, young people with number. My research interests have stemmed from my involvement in the Cardiff Q-Step Centre of Excellence in Quantitative Methods Teaching and Learning, as well as other pedagogic initiatives which have been implemented to help engage social science students with number. 



At present, I contribute to teaching on the following undergraduate modules:

Year 2:
Real World Research with Placement (Module Convenor)
Social Research Methods (Module Convenor)
Knowing the Social World, Online and Offline
Secondary Data Analysis

Year 3: 
Dissertation (Module Convenor)

MSc Social Science Research Methods:
Quantitative Research Methods



2014-2018: PhD Social Sciences (Cardiff University)* (submitted in 2017 and awarded in 2018) 

2013-2014: MSc Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University)*

2010-2013: Education (Accredited by the British Psychological Society) (Cardiff University) 

*awarded a 1+3 studentship from Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences 

Honours and awards

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst- German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for the GESIS 4th Summer Methodology School (Cologne, Germany) (2015)

Professional memberships

Senior Fellow of Advanced HE/Higher Education Academy 

British Psychological Society

British Sociological Association



Committees and reviewing

Editor for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology 

British Sociological Association's Social Statistics Study Group (Co-convened 2018-2021)

Q-Step Postgraduate and Early Career Network (Co-convened 2017-2020)


Current supervision

Selma Dogan

Selma Dogan

Research student

Gill Ellis

Gill Ellis

Research student

Fay Cosgrove

Fay Cosgrove

Research student

Melanie McKee

Melanie McKee

Research student

Zebedee Friedman

Zebedee Friedman

Research student

Angela Britton

Angela Britton

Research student

Research themes


  • Sociological methodology and research methods