Cultivating Creativity in Methodology and Research

In Praise of Detours

  • Charlotte Wegener
  • Ninna Meier
  • Elina Maslo

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener, Elina Maslo
    Pages 1-7
  3. Different Vantage Points, New Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Christina Berg Johansen
      Pages 29-42
    3. Chris Smissaert
      Pages 43-54
  4. Research Life: Life and Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Rasmus Hoffmann Birk
      Pages 93-102
    3. Sarah Gilmore, Nancy Harding
      Pages 103-116
  5. How We Know: Making Sense of Methods and Field Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Ninna Meier
      Pages 131-141
  6. Coping with Complexity: Writing to Understand What We Do

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Camilla Kølsen Petersen
      Pages 155-168
    3. Elisabeth Willumsen
      Pages 169-179
    4. Charlotte Wegener
      Pages 181-191
    5. Noomi Matthiesen
      Pages 219-229
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


This book presents a variety of narratives on key elements of academic work, from data analysis, writing practices and engagement with the field. The authors discuss how elements of academic work and life – usually edited out of traditional research papers – can elicit important analytical insight. The book reveals how the unplanned, accidental and even obstructive events that often occur in research life, the ‘detours’, can potentially glean important results.

The authors introduce the process of ‘writing-sharing-reading-writing’ as a way to expand the playground of research and inspire a culture in which ‘accountable’ research methodologies involve adventurousness and an element of uncertainty. Written by scholars from a range of different fields, academic levels and geographic locations, this unique book will offer significant insight to those from a range of academic fields.


research methods academic research creative practice creative education philosophy of education relational coordination analytics early career researcher academic culture phenomenology performative research

Editors and affiliations

  • Charlotte Wegener
    • 1
  • Ninna Meier
    • 2
  • Elina Maslo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social WorkAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.Danish School of EducationAarhus UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

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