Mixed methods research combines at least one qualitative and one quantitative research component within a single study or a series of studies. In the last decades, publications on mixed methods research have strongly increased in number internationally. However, the methodological debates are still dominated by Anglo-Saxon scholars from specific subfields of social sciences such as education, health, nursing, and evaluation research. As a result, on one hand mixed methods research has been established as a research approach with its own terminology and research tradition. Nevertheless, on the other hand we find that methodological debates from other countries and other disciplines proceed independently and need to be integrated. E.g., the issue of the epistemological foundations of mixed methods research can be characterized by oversimplifications and false assumptions and thus, is still at its beginning. But also integrating different research strands poses practical challenges.
This is why this session aims at broadening the debate on mixed methods, especially by scholars from other countries and disciplines. We are especially (but not exclusively) interested in contributions from the Global South and spatial research. Papers should either provide new perspectives on the methodological debate or address how mixed methods research is conducted or taught in their research contexts. We are looking forward to gain new insights and experiences on debating and conducting mixed methods research.