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 his Teaching Assistant 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 his TA.
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 his TA remain available for up to four Skype appointments per participant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.