Methods Workshops

workshop pictogrammIn 2013, I started  to organise different methods workshop for doctoral students in political science, social sciences and related disciplines. Despite the fact that PhD programmes in the UK offer more and more training in a variety of areas, practically-oriented workshop on research methods that offer doctoral students the possibility to discuss their work and plans are still rare.

Together with Erin Saltman (UCL SSEES) and Eske van Gils (University of Kent) I have organised two workshops so far on which you can find some more information below. There are also more workshops in the planning stages.

Qualitative research interviews: A student-led methods workshop

Date: 12 February 2013
Place: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Organisers: Philipp Köker, Erin Marie Saltman (UCL SSEES)
Aims and scope of the workshop:
The workshop introduced participants to the most common types of qualitative research interviews and the specific issues they have to consider with regard to preparation, conducting and analysing them. Furthermore, it provided participants with the possibility to learn from the experiences of other research students and discuss their plans with experienced research students and university staff. Thereby, the workshop mainly focused on the specifics on conducting research interviews in Central Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS.
Participant evaluation: 4.8/5.0
More information and a workshop programme can be found under this link.

Mixing methods in political science:
From triangulation to bridging the qualitative-quantitative divide
(Joint doctoral workshop – UCL & UoK)

Date: 19 April 2013
Place: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Organisers: Philipp Köker (UCL SSEES), Eske van Gils (University of Kent)
Aims and scope of the workshop:
The workshop introduced students to the main approaches and debates of mixed methods research in political and social sciences, and presented several examples of the implementation of mixed-methods approaches in PhD theses. Furthermore, it provided with a forum to present and discuss the methodological approaches/designs of their own PhD projects (an opportunity which departmental seminar series and conferences usually lack) and the possibility network with like-minded doctoral researchers from a variety of institutions.
Participant evaluation: 4.4/5.0
More information and a workshop programme can be found under this link.