About Us

The Critical Realism in Action Group (CRAG) established itself in 2007 to re-assess the value of Critical Realism to social science inquiry, with particular reference to how it can inform concrete empirical study. Most discussion has focused on applications in the broad areas of business and management and the sociology of work, but there is no delimitation as to specific field.

CRAG runs bi-annual seminars at Universities throughout the UK and, in 2009, won ESRC funding to run further seminars until 2011. We are, therefore, seeking original papers from scholars interested in, but not necessarily committed to, CR. We anticipate producing an edited collection of personal accounts of how scholars have used CR, and the challenges of doing so.

Seminars will also have a session specifically devoted to early career researchers and PhD students. Such colleagues are invited to present thoughts on how they might seek, or have sought, to use CR within their Ph.D., and to seek advice and comment. This session will generally take a surgery format, with each ECR/PhD presenting ideas informally to a small group of colleagues. The ESRC has provided CRAG with (limited) funds to cover the transportation costs of PhD students who wish to participate in this seminar series. These will be distributed on a first come first serviced basis.

For papers presented at previous sessions, please look under Past Events.

Organizers: Paul Edwards (Warwick), Steve Vincent (Leeds), Joe O'Mahoney (Cardiff)