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Seasoned Scholar Workshops

For 2017, we've introduced two exciting new workshops designed for experienced scholars.

Choose from the Qualitative workshop with Benoît Rihoux, and the Quantitative workshop with Tamás Rudas; both run 27 – 29 July.

Who should take these workshops?

Experienced scholars who gained their PhD a few years ago. You should have significant research experience beyond the PhD and / or be employed in a senior academic role. Typical research methods needs / challenges you might face include:

  • writing up the methods section of a research project
  • choosing the appropriate method(s) for a funded project
  • arbitrating between methodological options
  • updating your knowledge of recent evolutions in methods applicable to your field
  • troubleshooting your own methods use
  • learning which methods experts to contact for what
  • getting advice on methods training for your team members
  • receiving feedback on a syllabus you are putting together
  • getting advice on methodological topics in existing syllabi.

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. These workshops offer you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from senior methodologists.

Course structure

Phase 1 

Input, until 1 June

Prospective participants email the instructors with the core methodological questions / problems they currently face. The instructors will develop and refine their workshops accordingly.

Phase 2 

The Workshop: 15 hours over three days, 27 – 29 July

The instructor will organise each day’s schedule around participants’ needs. He will have at least three daily contact hours with the full group or sub-group.

The workshop will involve group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues.

There will be ample time for one-to-one meetings with the instructor and his Teaching Assistant.

You can book at least one appointment with the instructor of the parallel Seasoned Scholar workshop, and you’ll have the chance to talk informally with other methods experts over dinner on the final day.

Catering included in the course price:

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1
  • Informal dinner on day 3

Phase 3

Additional guidance, August – October

The instructor and his TA will remain available for up to four Skype appointments per particpant. You are also welcome to email him for further guidance.

Visit the Course Fees page for more information. Your instructor will be in touch once you have registered.