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Videos for SAGE Research Methods collection published

SAGE Research methods video collection

The new SAGE Research Methods Video collection went live today, currently featuring 276 videos on the theory and practice of a variety of methodological approach. It also includes two videos that I filmed for SAGE in May 2015:

While accessing the video itself requires a subscription, the transcript is freely available to all users. You can find out more about my videos here; the whole video collection is available at http://methods.sagepub.com/video.

Filming for new SAGE Research Methods Video collection

Yesterday, I spent the day filming two videos for the new SAGE Research Methods Video collection. The videos are a new initiative that aims to provide high quality video for instruction at university level and are produced by Lambent Productions. SAGE commissioned me to film both a video tutorial (i.e. a mini lecture) as well as a case study video, in which I talked about my own research, for them. The latter was based on a paper I previously published in SAGE Research Methods Cases. My videos are as follows (titles tbc):

  • Video Tutorial: Introduction to Elite Interviewing
  • Video Case Study: Stuying Presidential Activism Using Mixed Methods

My videos are part of the Politics & International Relations collection which will officially be launched in March 2016. Access to the videos itself will be subscription-based, yet the first 30 seconds and the full transcripts will be available non-subscribers as well. Until then, you can download my paper on elite interviewing in CEE here [subsribers] or here [open access version].


Filming the videos in my office at UCL SSEES

Platform Ukraine Workshop – Studying Post-Socialist Environment: Research Methodology and Fieldwork

On 17 December 2014, I will chair a workshop on the topic of research methodology and fieldwork in the post-socialist environment. Speakers will include Dr Joanna Szostek (Mellon Research Fellow, UCL SSEES ), Dr Anna Pechurina (Leeds Becket University) and Rob Stothard (Photographer). You can find the workshop description below:

This workshop will be focused on theory and practice of social research in post-socialist space. The aim is to generate a discussion about the major challenges and difficulties of conducting social research and fieldwork in post-socialist, conflict and post-conflict environments.

Our speakers will identify and explore: challenges of elite interviews; main challenges of qualitative research in intense political environments such as Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia; dangers and obstacles of conducting fieldwork in conflict and post-conflict zones; issues around gender, positionality and ethics in qualitative research of post-soviet identity and culture; how conditions of fear and distrust can affect fieldwork; issues related to the insider/outsider position of the researcher and working with people coming from different generations and ethnic backgrounds; the importance of local language knowledge in fieldwork. Contributions from the audience about their experiences of fieldwork will be welcome

The workshop is organised as part of ‘Platform Ukraine‘, a multidisciplinary project aimed at analysing and improving the understanding of the Ukrainian crisis of 2014 by creating a unified resource and network of academics studying the post-socialist space. Platform Ukraine is based at University College London – School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).

Case study for ‘SAGE Cases in Methodology’: Elite interviews in a nested analysis framework

SAGE_logoMy methods case study ‘Semi-structured elite interviews in a nested analysis framework: Studying presidential activism in Central and Eastern Europe’ has been accepted for publication with SAGE Cases in Methodology, a unique collection of over 500 case studies for use in the teaching of research methods (more information here).

In my case study, I use the research design of my PhD thesis and my fieldwork experiences to shed light on the challenges of integrating qualitative interviews into a nested analysis framework. You can read an abstract here.

Research Interviews Workshop at UCL SSEES

UCL SSEES_logoConducting Research Interviews: A Student-Led Methods Workshop
12 February 2013, UCL SSEES

On 12 February 2013, my colleague Erin Saltman and I will be holding a workshop on research interviews at UCL SSEES. The workshop is aimed at postgraduate research students who are either in the early stages of their research projects and plan to use research interviews or who are currently using interviews as part of their research.

The workshop will combine a theoretical and practical introduction to conducting qualitative research interviews with lectures from two expert speakers on their own interviewing experience. There will also be a roundtable with the speakers and experienced research students as well as plenty of networking opportunities. The focus of the workshop will be on conducting interviews in the regional context of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS.

Participation is free of charge and applications from all disciplines are welcome; however, participants need to be students of UCL, the University of London or CEELBAS member institutions. The deadline for applications is 6 January 2013.

For further information and an application form, see: