The RMGC platform showcases a range of innovative social science and creative arts methods that enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research goals across the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub - including its international academic partners and Newcastle University.   

The platform provides examples of creative research methods, curated as capsules of bite-sized information.  Each contribution focuses on a research method, including its application, the challenges and opportunities that it presents, and its contribution to knowledge in the context of addressing specific SDGs.  These contributions comprise research-led case studies, short videos, and links to further resources. 

How to engage with the RMGC pages: 

  • The resources are designed to be non-linear; readers are encouraged to dip in and out. 

  • Take up relevant suggestions for further readings and projects of interest. 

  • Follow up with expert contributors for further input on incorporating these methods in your research. 

  • The resources are designed to spark conversation; we encourage responses and will be continuing to add these as the platform grows over time. 


The principal objectives of this interdisciplinary platform:  

  • To build capacity within the Water Security Hub by introducing a range of innovative creative methods from the Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities.
  • To equip participants with knowledge of interdisciplinary research methods to address the Sustainable Development Goals.   
  • To sow the seeds of further research collaborations across disciplines. 
  • To support the training of ECRs and PGRs from across disciplines and countries, in Social Sciences/Arts and Humanities ways of working.  
  • To offer transferable examples for application within SDG-related research.  
  • To provide practical training and Q&A opportunities through a series of events including a 2021 symposium. 

Why use this platform? What areas of research is it appropriate for?

  • To deepen and extend your methodological research expertise. 
  • To explore future opportunities for inter- and multi-disciplinary research. 
  • To access expertise, knowledge of innovative and creative methods from experienced practitioners of social sciences and arts and humanities methods.  
  • To support you and your team in developing a more holistic approach across the Water Security Hub and SDG-led research more widely. 
  • To enhance your understanding of the relevance and importance of cultural and subjective values and life practices in relation to water security and sustainable development concerns. 
  • To empower Hub partners and our PhD students and ECRs to be creative, enterprising and innovative in their methodological approaches, and for you to apply them in your global collaborative research. 
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