Ray Pawson
Ray Pawson is a reader of sociology
Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science—a term with which it is sometimes synonymous—which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity...

 at University of Leeds
University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is a British Redbrick university located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England...

(UK). His main interest lies in research methodology. He has written widely on the philosophy and practice of research, covering methods qualitative and quantitative, pure and applied, contemporaneous and historical. He is the author of 'Realist Synthesis', a new approach of literature review that, in the last years, has widely influenced systematic review practices of complex programmes and policies all over the world.

Select bibliography

  • Pawson, R. (2006) Evidence Based Policy: A Realist Perspective, Sage.
  • Pawson, R.; Tilley, N (1997) Realistic Evaluation, Sage.
  • Pawson, R. (1989) A Measure for Measures: A Manifesto for Empirical Sociology, Routledge.
  • Pawson, R. (1996) "Theorizing the Interview," British Journal of Sociology 47, pp.296–314.
  • Pawson, R. (2006) "Simple Principles for The Evaluation of Complex Programmes," In: Killoran, A et al. Evidence Based Public Health, Oxford University Press.
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