From the Department of Methodology

15 October 2019
Kate Summers to speak as part of London Challenge Poverty Week 2019

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methods Dr Kate Summers will be speaking at 'Designing principles together: Co-producing solutions for tackling poverty' at Toynbee Hall on 18 October. 

This event is part of London Challenge Poverty Week and Kate will draw on her previous work with the Commission on Social Security. Register for tickets here.

More information on London Challenge Poverty Week and how to get involved can be found here. #LDNChallengePovertyWeek

14 October 2019
Chana Teeger to present at the Conflict and Identity Conference 2019

Chana Teeger will be presenting a paper at the Conflict and Identity Conference at Oxford University on 17 October. The conference explores the evolving relationship between conflict and identity, with a specific interest in the role of history education in pre-conflict, at-conflict, and post-conflict societies.

Chana’s paper focuses on the politics of boredom in South African history classrooms by interrogating how and why some histories (but not others) come to viewed as “boring.”

8 October 2019
Dr Milena Tsvetkova to speak at 'Stop collaborate and listen: Gender equality in social data science'

Assistant Professor in Quantiative Methodology Milena Tsvetkova will be speaking at an event on Ada Lovelace Day, 8 October 2019.

A panel of leading computational social scientists and data scientists will discuss collaboration, equality and skills that future social scientists need to work with big data.

Milena and other panel members will also discuss how they got started working with data, the projects that they are part of and the skills that they think students should focus on to work with big data, both in industry and academia.

2 October 2019
Dr Kate Summers to present to the 'Exploring Economics' civil servant network

In the spring of 2016, a group of civil servants formed Exploring Economics. LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methodology Kate Summers will present to this group on 10 October in Whitehall.

This network aims to increase the accessibility and understanding of economics in government and to encourage and raise awareness of a plurality of economic perspectives in decision-making. The network has grown rapidly and now has several hundred members across the Civil Service. 

25 September 2019
Professor Jonathan Jackson speaks at the Institute for Public Security of Catalonia

Professor of Research Methodology and Head of the Department, Jonathan Jackson presented the opening talk at an Institute for Public Security of Catalonia event celebrating 300 years of police in Catalonia.

This talk took place on 25 September, discussing public trust and police legitimacy, with some 300 police officers and researchers present. Find out more here.

16 September 2019
Professor Patrick Sturgis to speak on Royal Society panel at the Liberal Democrat Conference

Methodology's Professor of Quantitative Social Science Patrick Sturgis will speak on The #PeoplesList: how can £60bn unlock the door to Number 10? This Royal Society panel will take place at the Liberal Democrat conference on 16 September.

11 September 2019
Professor Patrick Sturgis to talk at the Exeter Q-Step Centre

Methodology's Professor of Quantitative Social Science Patrick Sturgis will speak at Q-estival 2019: People, Data and Society on 11 September. Patrick will speak on "Trust in science around the world: findings from the first global survey of public attitudes to science".

10 September 2019
Dr Audrey Alejandro to speak at European International Studies Association

A Century of Show and Tell: The Seen and the Unseen of IR. Methodology's Assistant Professor of Qualitative Text Analysis Dr Audrey Alejandro will be speaking at the plenary roundtable of the European International Studies Association. This conference takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

15 May 2019
Join Dr Eleanor Knott on 20 May for 'Rethinking ‘Democratic Backsliding’ in Central and Eastern Europe – Looking Beyond Poland and Hungary' book launch

In this event contributors to a newly published edited collection, including Methodology's Dr Eleanor Knott, seek to inject fresh thinking into the debate on democratic deterioration in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), viewing ‘democratic backsliding’ through the prism of a range of cases beyond Hungary and Poland.

Sign up for the free event here.

29 April 2019
Listen to Dr Eleanor Knott's talk 'Identity, Citizenship and Kin Majorities: Crimea and Moldova from the Bottom-Up'

Why are so many Moldovans acquiring Romanian citizenship? How did people in Crimea identify with and engage with Russia before annexation in 2014? Assistant Professor in Qualitative Methods Dr Ellie Knott brings together these two topics and cases to explore the intersections of identity and citizenship across borders.

Listen to the podcast here.

15 April 2019
An interview with MSc SRM Carlo Alessandro Borella, the Research Festival poster winner

Listen to an interview with Carlo Alessandro Borella, Department of Methodology, for the winning poster: Fake News, Immigration and Opinion Polarisation. This prize was awarded to the shortlisted submission that best engaged with the LSE Festival theme “New World (Dis)Orders”.

17 March 2019
Dr Audrey Alejandro talks at the Courtaud Institute of Art

Methodology's Assistant Professor Dr Audrey Alejandro was invited to talk at the Politics and Reflexivity When Studying Conflict session of the 'Researching Conflict in the Humanities: Challenges, Practices and Methods', an interdisciplinary student-led training is designed for PhD students and Early Career Researchers in the Arts and Humanities studying conflicts from the First World War to the present, regardless of geographical location.

26 February 2019
Methodology's PhD and post-doc Krisztián Pósch publishes his first paper

Congratulations to Methodology's own Krisztián Pósch on his first and single-authored paper in Sociological Methods and Research! Krisztián Pósch (2019) 'Testing Complex Social Theories with Causal Mediation Analysis and G-computation – The Right Way to Do Causal Structural Equation Modelling'. Sociological Methods & Research. Available at Open Science Framework and at Sage Journals.

23 January 2019
Dr Audrey Alejandro launches new book: Western Dominance in International Relations?

The launch of Dr Audrey Alejandro’s tour de force ‘Western dominance in International Relations?’ at LSE on Monday 21 January 2019 was a roaring success. Often these events are polite affairs, full of kind words, but little critical engagement. Not this one! Everybody was polite, naturally. But the intense engagement from discussants meant for a fascinating debate about method, reflexivity, the narrative of Western dominance in International Relations, and the nature of critical scholarship.

If you would like to listen to a recording of the event you can do so here.

AA Book Launch

Professor Patrick Sturgis to join the Department of Methodology

Professor Jackson, the Head of LSE's Department of Methodology, said "It gives me great pleasure to announce that Professor Sturgis is joining our faculty in June 2019. Professor Sturgis is a world-renowned scholar who has made important methodological contributions in the areas of survey methodology, measurement and multi-level modelling, as well as significant substantive contributions in work spanning political science, sociology and psychology. He brings fantastic leadership experience and skills at an exciting time of growth in the Department of Methodology.”

Professor Sturgis said, “I am delighted to be joining the Department of Methodology at the LSE. Despite being a relatively new Department, it has already established itself as one of the leading centres of methodological excellence, both in the UK and internationally.  I very much look forward to working with a methodologically and substantively diverse group of scholars and to contributing to the Department’s continued success and development.”   


International research about trust in police presented by Professor Jonathan Jackson

Our Head of Department was recently in Australia discussing his research about trust in police and its implications on the willingness of citizens to co-operate with police. Learn more here.

Dr Jouni Kuha becomes Joint Editor of journal series

Jouni Kuha, an associate professor in our department, will become Joint Editor of the RSS Journal Series A: Statistics in Society from 2019. Learn more about his appointment on the Royal Statistical Society's News page.

Keele University awarded major grant by the ESRC to help shape police policy and practice

A major new collaborative research programme which aims to improve relationships between police and the communities they work with is set to begin at Keele University, after funding of almost £1m was awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Led by Keele, in partnership with University College London and the London School of Economics, the ESRC-funded project will investigate how encounters with the police shape police community relationships among marginalised communities.

The research teams will work closely with policing partners in three of the UK’s largest police forces - West Midlands, West Yorkshire and the Metropolitan Police - in order to observe day-to-day interactions as well as following arrested individuals through the criminal justice process. The research will then be utilised to develop new policies and practices to improve community policing.

Professor Clifford Stott, Co-Director of Keele Policing Academic Collaboration (KPAC) and Principal Investigator of the research programme, explains:

“We’ll be undertaking observations within our partner police forces, especially on the policing of communities where demand for police resource is high, or where police-community relationships are particularly problematic. Where arrests happen, we’ll be tracking individuals through the criminal justice process. We’ll also be running lab-based virtual reality experiments to test our theories about the factors that shape perceptions of police legitimacy and compliance with the law.

From our research findings, we’ll be working with our police force partners to influence national policy and practice in ways that help improve everyday encounters with the police.”

Chief Superintendent Owen West, West Yorkshire Police, comments:

“If the model of policing by consent is to survive, it is vital the police renew their covenant with the communities we serve. The British Policing model is founded on the ‘Peelian’ principle of the notion of Police Legitimacy. The idea that, as Sir Robert Peel said, “the public are the police and the police are the public”. Arguably that model has never been under as great a threat as it is today. Adopting evidence-based reforms in procedural justice will allow the service to reconnect with our core mission. This project therefore will be a landmark opportunity in understanding where the police-public relationship is right now, and what needs to change for the future.”

The ambitious three-year research programme will begin in the Autumn. For more information about Keele Policing Academic Collaboration, visit