Postgraduate Research Workshop on Methods
On Thursday 7th June 2018, the Research Group held its first half-day Workshop focused on methods of data collection and analysis. At the Taliesin Mall - our fancy new study and activity space - we welcomed graduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Political and Cultural Studies and the Department of Media Studies to present and discuss their experiences in collecting and managing data for their PhD dissertations. The event was student-led and featured short presentations by PGR students on selected methods of data collection and analysis (see below). 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:
- Interdisciplinary research and discourse analysis (Selina O’Doherty)
- Field-work in post-conflict zones and focus groups (Hadson Kagbo via skype)
- Participant observation (Martin Horton-Eddison)
- Semi-structured interviews (Bibo Aganaba)
- Using coding software for analysing interviews (Rakiya Mamman)
A big thank you to all the presenters for taking up the stage and share their fascinating stories of perseverance when getting interview contacts, the joys and pitfalls of working interdisciplinary, stories about drowning in data and using software to make sense of it and about how to get to ask your questions using the right coffee as a bribe. Thank you as well to all students and staff members who came along on the day asking questions and sharing their insights over tea and coffee. We were told that we could improve on the cake selection and we take that on board for the next one.
Special thanks to Jess Hammett for the photos with impressions from the day.