Webinar: Is this the real(ist) method you should be using in your research?

Join us for our latest INHSU Conversations Webinar, organised by our Early-Mid-Career Researcher Special Interest Group (INHSU EMCR), to discuss realist methods for infectious disease and substance use research.

In this webinar, we’ll be joined by Dr. Binta Sultan, University College London, and Dr. Wendy Masterton, Stirling University, to discuss realist methods for infectious disease and substance use research. Realist methodology is based on the assumption that the same intervention will not work everywhere and for everyone.

The focus is on “what works, for whom, under what circumstances and how”. Realist methods help us understand complex issues by digging deeper into the reasons behind behaviours and outcomes.

Dr. Sultan and Dr. Masterton will talk about two types of realist methods: realist synthesis and realist evaluation. These methods go beyond just describing what’s happening; they also help us understand why things happen the way they do. We’ll also hear real-life examples from their own research to show how realist methods have helped them uncover important insights.

Events details

  • Tuesday 12 September 2023
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM GMT
  • Via Zoom
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  • Free to attend
  • Register to be sent recording post-event


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Is this webinar for you?

While primarily aimed at early and mid-career researchers, these webinars are open to anyone with an interest in improving health outcomes for people who use drugs.

Why should you join?

The series aims to support the international network of early and mid-career researchers in the field. Webinars will develop the skillsets of EMCRs by sharing experiences from INHSU members around the globe.


INHSU EMCR is a Special Interest Group of the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU). To join this Special Interest Group, you must be an INHSU member. If you are a full-time student, you can become a member for free. Find out more here.

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