3rd Fall Methods Workshops hosted by Aarhus University, Denmark, October 16-20, in-person (MethodsNET Event)

Two week-long PhD level courses will be offered at this year’s Fall Methods Workshops, hosted by the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University and organised by the Methods Excellence Network (MethodsNET):

The Fall Methods Workshops week-long courses combine discussions of cutting-edge developments within a particular method with detailed feedback and discussion of the methodological aspects of your own research project and those of other participants. Participation in a workshop will bring you to the next level in your understanding of how to use a method in practice in relation to your research question. The courses are aimed at PhD scholars and junior researchers (post-doc or above) whose research is at a more advanced stage. Class sizes are kept small in the workshops. Classes will be from 9.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Friday.

In addition to the workshops themselves, there will be several cross-cutting lunch sessions for all participants in which key methods and design issues are debated across different methodological approaches (variance-based, case-based and interpretive). The goal of the cross-cutting sessions are to enable participants to better understand research findings from different traditions, and to communicate findings to scholars working in other traditions. The topics include: foundational assumptions (ontological and epistemological) across different approaches, making inferences, and whether and how generalizations can be made.


For more information, please see the Workshops home page

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3rd Summer School in Social Research Methods (3SRM) - June 17-28, 2024 (in-person) + June 10-14 (online), hosted by Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands (MethodsNET Flagship Event)

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More MethodsNET events coming soon!

Upcoming MethodsNET-endorsed events (encouraging excellence, pluralism & not-for-profit)

Besides organizing or co-organizing its own events, MethodsNET is keen on encouraging excellence in methods training, by endorsing other events that meet three core criteria in line with our guiding principles: (1) providing excellence in training; (2) embracing methodological pluralism; and (3) following a not-for-profit logic and making training accessible at an affordable cost.

The 27th edition of the Summer School organized by the Institute of Communication and Public Policy, Università della Svizzera italiana in close cooperation with FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, is the first endorsed partner event of MethodsNET. As in previous years, it offers around twenty full-time workshops in two weekly sessions (in mid-August), ranging from Conducting a Grounded Theory Study to Designing and Conducting Social-scientific Experiments and Web Scraping and Data Mining with R.

Participants are PhD students, junior and senior researchers and practitioners from all over the world, working in a wide range of scientific disciplines: Psychology, Educational, Business Studies, Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Health Sciences, and many others.

All workshops are oriented towards practical applications and spend roughly half of the allocated ∼35 hours of tuition on applied work and exercises. There is ample time to discuss and try to solve problems related to the individual work and research projects with instructors and fellow participants. Whenever possible, participants are strongly encouraged to work on their own data and research problems to get the most out of the Summer School experience.

The Summer School instructors are renowned specialists and experienced and enthusiastic teachers in their respective fields, and they will organise their courses in order to optimise opportunities for practical help and advice during the workshops.

See Full program and registration (open until July 14).

Free Introductory session “Mapping of methods in social sciences : How to handpick the methodological toolbox(es) that meet(s) your needs?” (Online, September 12, 2023)

The UCLouvain (Belgium) is hosting the EUVIP Methods Skill-Building Workshops, an event organized as part of the EU funded EUVIP project (EU in a volatile Indo-Pacific) with the support of the ISPOLE Institute through the "Capacity Building ISPOLE" project.  This four-day workshop series aims to equip PhD students with essential research methods in the field of social sciences.

The Introductory session “Mapping of methods in social sciences : How to handpick the methodological toolbox(es) that meet(s) your needs? is also open online to anyone interested! We have the pleasure to welcome Professor Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain & MethodsNET), who will give us an overview of the various existing political science (and social sciences, more broadly) methods. Interested? Join us online !

Please register by filling in the short form by Wednesday September 6, 2023

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe coordination and support action 101079069 — EUVIP — HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-03.

3rd Konstanz Methods Excellence Workshops (Komex) (Konstanz, February 22 - March 1, 2024)

Stay tuned for more information in October and visit the Komex pages! 

More coming soon!

If you want your event to be endorsed by MethodsNET: please send a short event description and a bit of background documentation about these three criteria to:

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MethodsNET events: what we offer

We are organizing, jointly organizing or endorsing methods excellence training events.

Excellence and innovation in methodology and pedagogy: training is provided by outstanding methods experts who are also excellent pedagogues, the pedagogical formula enables small-group interaction and individual advice/tutoring, and courses are systematically evaluated by participants. We encourage the development of emerging methods and the consolidation of more established methods. We believe that methodological innovation contributes to the further consolidation of social scientific disciplines and to their contribution to addressing real-world issues.

Access, inclusiveness, and non-profit logic: our events embody the principles of methodological pluralism, debates and innovation, via a broad course offer (including emerging methods and ‘niche’ topics) and diverse opportunities to engage in cross-methods debates and to learn/think about attached epistemological issues. We strive to provide access to participants from locations/institutions with less financial resources. The business model is aiming at breaking even after all the costs have been covered. Profit, if any, is re-invested in a way that contributes to meeting our principles via the next events.

Methodological pluralism and inclusiveness: each one of the diverse social scientific methods and techniques, along with its epistemology, has its own added value and contribution for scholarly work. We encourage and  foster debates and cross-fertilizations between different methodologies across social scientific disciplines.