ECPR Methods School

Academic Team

Academic Convenors (ACs)

The Academic Convenors (ACs) coordinate all academic matters of the ECPR Methods School that is currently organised in two venues: the Winter School and the Summer School. The main tasks of the Academic Convenors are:

  • Conceptualisation and organisation of the course programme
  • Recruitment and co-ordination of instructors
  • Further development of the Methods School



Derek Beach is a professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches international relations, EU integration and research methodology. He has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books on case study methods, including co-authoring Process-tracing Methods: Foundations and Guidelines (2013, University of Michigan Press), and Causal Case Study Methods (2016, University of Michigan Press). He has taught ph.d. courses in case study methods at ECPR and IPSA summer and winter schools, the ICPSR (Michigan) summer school, and held numerous workshops and seminars on case study methods throughout the world.


Levente (Levi) Littvay Associate Professor of Political Science at Central European University, in Budapest Hungary where he predominantly teaches MA and PhD courses on applied statistics with occasional topical classes such as elections, voting behavior, experimental political science, political psychology and American politics and supervises within these general areas. Received an MA and PhD in Political Science and an MS in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Was invited to teach numerous research methods workshops and is the inaugural recipient of his home institution's Distinguished Teaching Award.  To date, he secured over half million EUR in research funds with which he conducts research on survey and quantitative methodology, twin and family studies, and, most recently, the psychology of populist attitudes. Associate editor of Twin Research and Human Genetics overseeing Social science submissions. Published in journals such as The Journal of Politics, Political Psychology and BMC: Medical Research Methodology. 

Benoît Rihoux (PhD, political science) is Full professor of political science at the Centre de science politique et de politique comparée of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). His substantive research interests include political parties, new social movements, organizational studies, political change, and policy processes. He is manager of the COMPASSS international research group on systematic comparative methods and plays a leading role in the development and refinement of these methods, bringing together scholars from Europe, North America and Japan in particular. He is also joint convenor of international initiatives around methods more generally, especially through the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). He has recently 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), and has published extensively on systematic comparative methods (QCA in particular) and their applications in diverse fields – especially policy- and management-related – with interdisciplinary teams. Further information can be found here.


Academic Advisory Board (AAB)

The purpose of the Academic Advisory Board (AAB) is to provide academic input and critical feedback to the Academic Convenors (ACs) of the ECPR Methods School and the ECPR New Generation Sub-Committee (the portfolio which the Methods School falls under). The input of the AAB focuses primarily on the following dimensions:

  • Ensuring the course programme reflects the diversity of methodological approaches within the social sciences;
  • Ensuring the content and quality of the individual courses are state-of-the-art, at the same time respecting the academic freedom of the individual instructor;
  • Providing overall input on the quality of the learning environment in the ECPR Methods School; and
  • Developing ideas about furthering the relationships between the ECPR Methods School and the broader academic community in Europe and abroad.

The AAB provide biannual reports after the conclusion of each Winter School and Summer School. The reports are distributed to the ACs and the ECPR New Generation Sub-Committee. These reports are based on both consultations with the ACs and other relevant interested parties, examination of course programmes, and on-site observations by members of the AAB. The reports focus on the four elements described above, and include an overall assessment of the activities of the particular school along with suggestions for further improvements in both the individual school and the overall course programme, where relevant.



Philippe Blanchard (Chair) is an associate professor in political science at the University of Warwick. He works on green politics, political communication, and methods for the social and political sciences: multivariate statistics, longitudinal methods, interviewing and content analysis. He is presently conducting research about transnational economic elites, big/new data for political science, and the uses and misuses of research methods. He has taught social sciences methods in France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, the USA and the UK. Further information can be found here.


Bruno Cautrès is attached to the CEVIPOF - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Paris) at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He is a senior CNRS research fellow with interests in voting behaviour, political attitudes and behaviours, comparative survey research and quantitative techniques. He is involved in European Social Survey, European Values Studies, International Social Survey Programme and European elections studies. He participates in the developments of the elections studies in France.  Its current research programme concerns political trust and attitudes to democracy in France. Further information can be found here.

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. He previously taught at Columbia University and New York University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University in 2001. In 2003-4, he served as President of the International Studies Association-Northeast; in 2012-2013, he did so again. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is currently Series Editor of the University of Michigan Press' book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics, and Co-Editor of ISQ Online. He was recently named the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackson's research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilizations in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, popular culture and IR, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere.


Bernhard Kittel, is professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna. Previous engagements include the Universities of Bremen, Amsterdam, and Oldenburg. His research interests cover collective decision-making, voting behavior, political economy, labor market sociology, and experimental and comparative research methodology. He is co-editor of Experimental Political Science: Principles and Practices (Palgrave 2012, with Wolfgang Luhan and Rebecca Morton). His current research projects focus on laboratory experiments on needs-based justice in networks, youth entrepreneurship in Europe, and youth unemployment in Vienna. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. As an academic convenor, he has been involved in the foundation and institutionalization of the ECPR Methods School from 2005 to 2015.


Dvora Yanow is guest Professor in Wageningen University’s Department of Social Sciences, in the Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Sub-Department, Dvora is concerned, in both her research and teaching, with the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in policy and organizational settings. A political/policy/organizational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist, she is currently exploring state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices, research ethics and regulation policies (including university ethics committees), practice studies, and science/technology museum spaces and the idea of science. Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes, her most recent book, written with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, is the first volume in their co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods; their co-edited Interpretation and Method:  Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn has been published in a second edition.







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