International Social Research Methods
The series of workshops was piloted between December 2010 and February 2011 under the auspices of the Social Research Association in partnership with the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics, UK. Professors Julia Brannen and Linda Hantrais were Academic Consultants for the project, and Dr Dave Filipović-Carter was Training Consultant.
The workshops were initially held in London as four free-standing but interrelated units. They were subsequently made available in different formats for delivery as bespoke programmes in the UK regions and further afield
The workshop series cover four aspects of international social research training:
- Firstly, an introduction to international social research exploring the reasons why social researchers from different national and disciplinary backgrounds develop an international dimension in their work;
- Secondly, responses to the ‘how’ questions raised by comparative international social research, focusing on rationales for project design, and covering the object of inquiry, the formulation of research questions, and the selection of units and levels of analysis;
- Thirdly, a critical examination of the different methodological approaches used in international comparative social research, with reference to data collection, analysis and interpretation, reviewing the advantages and drawbacks of each approach and considering how methodological decisions taken early in the research can impact on findings;
- Fourthly, changing practice in international project management, focusing on the ways in which the composition of research teams across disciplines and countries affects the dynamics of the research process from design through to implementation and dissemination, and addressing questions of access to external funding, interaction with sponsors and stakeholders, and the constraints they impose.
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