The PSA Parliaments Group (in collaboration with the PSA Early Career Network and Interpretive Political Science Group) is hosting a Qualitative Methods Workshop at the University of Sheffield on Friday, 29 June, 10.30am-5pm: Register now
This is an informal event that focuses on the nitty gritty of undertaking research – i.e. how to actually conduct effective research using your chosen method(s). The workshop is therefore hands-on, practical and designed to help you develop your research with informal feedback on your research design. There will be three themed sessions led by experienced researchers on each, including:
- Interviews (Professor Andrew Hindmoor, University of Sheffield)
- Observation (Dr Jack Corbett, University of Southampton)
- Focus groups (Dr Kate Dommett, University of Sheffield)
Andy, Jack and Kate will be supported by other academics throughout the day. All have a wealth of experience in interviewing politicians, focus groups, participant/non-participant observation, and other qualitative methods. There will be lots of discussion in order to go through attendees’ methods and plans, and provide feedback where possible on interview ideas or other ways that you might be considering when engaging with qualitative methods. This event is open to all – it is not limited to those studying parliaments nor political science students, as the skills and tips are transferable to anyone using qualitative methods!
The workshop will start at 10.30am and finish around 4.30/5.00pm. Refreshments will be provided, but to cover costs we ask attendees to contribute £5 (£7.50 for non-PSA members) towards the running costs – however, if you are a member of the PSA Early Careers Network, and attend the ECN’s annual conference on Thursday 28 June, you can get free entry to the workshop. Please sign up by Thursday 21 June so that we can gauge numbers and organise catering (please get in touch with any dietary requirements). Please sign up here.
If you are a PhD student member of the Political Studies Association, and coming from outside the Sheffield area, the group organisers will contribute up to £50 towards travel costs (due to limited funds, this is on a first-come-first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed).
The workshop will take place at the Department of Politics in the Elmfield Building at the University of Sheffield (directions and information for visitors)
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (Co-Convener of PSA Parliaments Group).