Professor Martyn Denscombe

Job: Emeritus Professor

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Health Policy Research Unit

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 2551551

E: md@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Martyn Denscombe is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Business and Law. He has research interests in the areas of risk perception, the health-related behaviour of young people, interaction in classrooms, multicultural education, and research ethics. He is the author of three popular texts on social research methodology: 'The Good Research Guide', 'Ground Rules for Social Research' and 'Research Proposals - practical guide'.

Research group affiliations

  • People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)
  • Institute for Health & Health Policy

Publications and outputs 

  • Research proposals: a practical guide
    Research proposals: a practical guide Denscombe, Martyn
  • The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects.
    The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects. Denscombe, Martyn
  • The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects.
    The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects. Denscombe, Martyn
  • The role of research proposals in business and management education
    The role of research proposals in business and management education Denscombe, Martyn This paper explores the use of research proposals within business and management education. The implicit learning objectives contained in producing research proposals are described and evaluated in terms of learning about research and research methodology. Particular consideration is given to the potential of research proposals to work in an educative sense as stand-alone entities quite separate from their role as a prelude to engaging in research activity. The benefits and limitations of using research proposals in separation from the actual experience of conducting empirical research are discussed. It is concluded that research proposals, used as stand-alone learning exercises, can prove particularly valuable where there might be concerns about gaining access to appropriate settings or getting ethical approval for practical research activity. They can also be of particular value in the context of courses where students' primary concern is with commissioning or evaluating research rather acquiring the skills to undertake research projects for themselves (e.g. MBA students). NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The International Journal of Management Education.. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The International Journal of Management Education, 11 (3), pp. 142-149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijme.2013.03.001
  • Research Proposals: a Practical Guide
    Research Proposals: a Practical Guide Denscombe, Martyn
  • Classroom Control: a Sociological Perspective
    Classroom Control: a Sociological Perspective Denscombe, Martyn
  • The Good Research Guide: for small-scale social research,
    The Good Research Guide: for small-scale social research, Denscombe, Martyn
  • The affect heuristic and perceptions of 'the young smoker' as a risk object.
    The affect heuristic and perceptions of 'the young smoker' as a risk object. Denscombe, Martyn
  • Item non-response rates: a comparison of online and paper questionnaires.
    Item non-response rates: a comparison of online and paper questionnaires. Denscombe, Martyn
  • Ground rules for social research, 2nd edition
    Ground rules for social research, 2nd edition Denscombe, Martyn

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Research interests/expertise

  • Social research methodology
  • Research ethics
  • Risk perception
  • Health-related behaviour and young people

Areas of teaching

Research methodology

Qualifications

BSc (Sociology), DipEd (Social science), PhD (sociology)

Courses taught

Research methodology

Membership of professional associations and societies

Institute of Health Promotion & Education 1996 -

(National Council Member 1997 -2001)          

Professional esteem indicators

Current editorial board membership

Social Science Computer Review (2011 - )

International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (2006- )

Health, Risk and Society (1999- )

Previous editorial board membership

Health Education Research (1997-2008 )

Sociological Research Online (2005- 2009)

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education(1998-2003)

British Educational Research Journal (1995-1999)

Health Education Journal (1997-2010)

Current external examiner

MSc in Social Research, University of Leicester.

MA in Contemporary Sociology, University of Leicester.

PhD Examining

More than 15

PhD Supervision

Supervised 14 PhDs and 4 MPhils through to successful completion.

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