Monica Prasad, a sociologist and a CES reviewer, has been actively promoting “Problem-Solving Sociology” for a number of years.
She has a web page and has organized a series of workshops where students can refine their research topics. Her 2021 book, Problem-Solving Sociology: A Guide for Students is a fantastic resource.
Prasad offers her readers a number of highly practical exercises that can be used to formulate a research project as an exercise in problem-solving research. While Prasad focuses on sociology, her suggestions and advice are highly relevant for researchers in history and other social science disciplines.