While the research fostered by the Centre will be quantitative in nature, the substantive questions addressed will be diverse.

In very general terms, departments differ in the units of analysis they investigate. Psychologists tend to focus on individuals while sociologists tend to focus on groups or systems with political scientists and economists falling somewhere in the middle. The CCQSS would help bridge these cross-disciplinary boundaries by facilitating conversation and collaboration.

Finally, the Centre would provide a useful foundation for the Network for Social and Economic Trends. NEST comprises a set of related, though still disparate, content-based centres. All of the centres in NEST focus on important substantive problems that cross disciplinary boundaries. The CCQSS will support a common methodological underpinning for many of the research activities of the related centres.