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We take Qualitative and Fieldwork Based Research Methods seriously!

Download our term card for Hilary Term 2016: HT 16 Term Card

Do any of the following characteristics describe you and your research:

  • Do you use qualitative research methods (including, but not limited to, interviews, focus groups, surveys, archival work, experiments in the field)? 
  • Are you interested in triangulating your statistical analysis with interview, focus group and/or documentary data?
  • Have you recently returned from field research and feel you would benefit from guidance in analysing raw data?
  • Are you planning your field research and would like guidance in terms of the practicalities of fieldwork and particularities of your research design?

If so, please join us in a seminar series dedicated to discussion and support concerning these topics.

ABOUT: This seminar provides a co-ordinated platform to present and discuss research methods, data collection and analysis for students, postdocs and fellows interested in qualitative and field-based research. Each week the seminar has a different methodological focus – for instance, elite interviews, archival research, typologies in qualitative research, causal explanations, data analysis, ethics, and so on. Presenters typically focus on the methodological aspects of their work, and presentations have a workshop-format. There is plenty of time for discussion which usually centers around implementing qualitative methods and interpreting qualitative evidence. The seminar provides a supportive space for Dphil and Mphil students to present their ongoing research work and get feedback. We also hold writing workshops and informal Q&As about getting started with qualitative research. The seminar is open to all.

If you would like to present or sign up to our mailing list, please write to us at the emails below.

You can present:

  • A ready working paper. (With the possibility to publish in the Nuffield Politics Group Working Paper Series.)
  • Collected data currently under analysis – you can focus on the data collected or the method of analysis you are employing.
  • A fieldwork research plan/design.
  • A questionnaire/experiment or other data collection design.

Some of the academics who have contributed to the seminar and the topics they presented on, include:

  • Javier Auyero (Ethnographic methods)
  • Laurence Whitehead (Comparative method)
  • Gwendolyn Sasse (Elite interviews)
  • Catherine De Vries (Mixed methods)
  • Nic Cheeseman (Interviews and focus groups)
  • Clément Imbert (Field experiments)
  • Maya Tudor (Process tracing)
  • Olga Onuch (Focus groups)
  • Sorana Toma (Household surveys)
  • Sukriti Issar (Qualitative data analysis)
  • Sarah Garding (Archival research)
  • Jody LaPorte (Typologies)
  • Ezequiel González Ocantos (Causal mechanisms)
  • Naomi Creutzfeldt (Interviews)
  • Nathalie Berny (Institutional ethnography)
  • James Morrison (Historical methods)

Seminar topics include:

  • Using typologies in Comparative Research
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Causal Mechanisms and Process Tracing
  • Ethics in fieldwork
  • Elite interviews
  • Archival Research
  • Writing workshops
  • Back from the field workshops
  • …and more!

Contact the Conveners: 

Dr. Ezequiel González Ocantos, Associate Professor (DPIR) & Professorial Fellow (Nuffield College): ezequiel.gonzalez@politics.ox.ac.uk

Thank you to our colleagues at Nuffield College (specifically Politics Group), SIAS, LAC, DPIR and the Sociology Department for their support and help. A special thanks for our funding from ESRC DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) and Nuffield College.

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