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Seasoned Scholar Workshop: Multi-Method Designs, Case-Oriented and Comparative Methods

Course Dates and Times

Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 February, 09:00–17:00 (organised flexibly)

Benoît Rihoux

benoit.rihoux@uclouvain.be

Université catholique de Louvain

This Workshop is tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD, and organised on a flexible basis to meet specific needs.

It covers a broad range of case-oriented methods and designs (single case studies, process tracing, ‘thick’ binary comparisons, etc…), comparative methods and designs (small-N comparisons, intermediate-N comparison across multiple cases, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and neighbouring methods, typology-building, etc.), and ‘mixed’/multi-methods designs combining qualitative, comparative and/or quantitative methods.


Instructor Bio

Benoît Rihoux is a full professor of political science whose research interests include political parties, new social movements, organisational studies, political change, and policy processes.

He is manager of the COMPASSS international research group on comparative methods, in the development and refinement of which he plays a leading role, bringing together scholars from Europe, North America and Japan in particular.

Benoît is a convenor of international methods initiatives more generally, and has published Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis: Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide (Springer/Kluwer, ed. with Heike Grimm 2006) and Configurational Comparative Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques (Sage, ed. with Charles Ragin 2009).

He has published extensively on systematic comparative methods (QCA in particular) and their applications in diverse fields – especially policy- and management-related – with interdisciplinary teams.

If you are an experienced scholar with significant research experience beyond your PhD, and/or if you occupy a senior academic role, this Workshop is for you.

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
  • writing up methods sections of publications (articles, books, reports, etc)

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. This Workshop offers you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from an expert team.

It covers a broad range of case-oriented methods and designs (single case studies, process tracing, ‘thick’ binary comparisons, etc…), comparative methods and designs (small-N comparisons, intermediate-N comparison across multiple cases, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and neighbouring methods, typology-building, etc.), and ‘mixed’/multi-methods designs combining qualitative, comparative and/or quantitative methods.

This is a fully interactive Workshop. However, if you wish, training updates can be organised à la carte, and training resources provided.

Phase 1: Input

Until 15 December, prospective participants email Benoît with the core methodological questions / problems / arbitrations they currently face. Benoît and Nena then correspond with participants to adapt the Workshop to best suit participants’ needs.

Phase 2: Three-day Workshop, 21 – 23 February

Each day’s schedule is organised around participants’ needs. It involves non-limitative list group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues.

Ample time is also provided for one-to-one meetings with Benoît and Nena.

This Workshop takes place in parallel with Tamás Rudas's Quantitative Seasoned Scholar Workshop. If participants wish, we will convene a common session involving Tamás, Benoît, and their assistants, along with participants from both Workshops.

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

Catering & hospitality included in the registration fee:

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1
  • Informal dinner on day 3
  • A social event with the Workshop participants

Phase 3: Additional guidance, March – June

Benoît and Nena remain available for up to four Skype appointments per participant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.

Each course includes pre-course assignments, including readings and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily live lectures totalling at least three hours. The instructor will conduct live Q&A sessions and offer designated office hours for one-to-one consultations.

Please check your course format before registering.

Online courses

Live classes will be held daily for three hours on a video meeting platform, allowing you to interact with both the instructor and other participants in real-time. To avoid online fatigue, the course employs a pedagogy that includes small-group work, short and focused tasks, as well as troubleshooting exercises that utilise a variety of online applications to facilitate collaboration and engagement with the course content.

In-person courses

In-person courses will consist of daily three-hour classroom sessions, featuring a range of interactive in-class activities including short lectures, peer feedback, group exercises, and presentations.


Disclaimer

This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc.). Registered participants will be informed at the time of change.

By registering for this course, you confirm that you possess the knowledge required to follow it. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If in doubt, please contact us before registering.