This symposium presents perspectives from the Ethical Internationalization in Higher Education in times of global crisis (EIHE) Project, focusing on research methodologies. It follows up a WERA symposium on ‘troubling the research imaginary’ and anticipates a European symposium and practice-based event on ‘inter-and trans-disciplinary methodologies’. Researching higher education internationalizations in an ethical frame involves intersections between research data and researchers’ own experiences and commitments. We need to develop research tools that address the diversality of disciplines, practices and social imaginaries of higher education internationalization. We draw on socio-linguistic, pedagogical and justice approaches to address the epistemic, cultural and ethical challenges.