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Dr Charlotte Brookfield

Dr Charlotte Brookfield

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 75771
Room 1.11, Glamorgan Building


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. 


2014-2017: PhD Social Sciences (Cardiff University)*

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

Fellow of Advanced Higher Education Academy 

British Sociological Association

Royal Statistical Society

British Psychological Society

Speaking engagements

  • Survey of Social Workers Practitioners in Wales Podcast. Available at: (2020)

  • The First Encounter with Quantitative Research Methods: Top Tips for Teaching Numbers [European Survey Research Association, Zagreb] (2019)

  • Changing times for social work: A tale of two countries- Norway and Wales [European Social Care Work Research, Edinburgh] (2019)

  • The First Encounter with Quantitative Research Methods: Top Tips for Teaching Numbers [British Sociological Association, Newcastle] (2019)

  • “Quantification is the root of all evil in sociology” What does it add up to? The place of quantitative research methods in British sociology [British Sociological Association, Glasgow] (2018)

Committees and reviewing

Editorial Board for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology 

Q-Step Postgraduate and Early Career Network 

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









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

Year 3: 
Dissertation (Module Convenor)

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, as well as other pedagogic initatives which have been implemented to help engage social science students with number. 


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