POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH WORKSHOP ON METHODS
On Wednesday 30th January 2019, we held our second half-day Workshop focused on methods of data collection and data analysis. At the Taliesin Mall - our fancy study and activity space - we welcomed graduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, the Department of Media Studies and the Department of Human Geography to present and discuss their experiences in collecting and managing data for their PhD dissertations. Over refreshments and light snacks, there was also time for all students to discuss their own research and questions on methods.
Topics and presenters included:
- Matthew Collins (Politics): Web-scraping as data collection method
- Shasha Zhao (Media): Online ethnography
- Allyson Edwards (International Relations): Archival research and discourse analysis
- Eleanor Cotterill (Human Geography): Scrapbooking
- Owen Williams (Politics): Expert interviews in theory and practice
A big thank you to all the presenters for taking up the stage and share their experiences on intercultural and interdisciplinary work, online communication and opportunities (and pain) of using new software to scrape data from the internet, on access to information and being sensitive to people’s lives and traumas when asking about their stories as well as operating in a foreign language and culture for your research. Thanks everybody for coming along to the session – students and staff alike – for asking questions, lively engagement with each topic and for sharing your own experiences over tea and coffee.