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Department of Methodology
Columbia House
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

 

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Graduate Teaching Administrator
Esther Heyhoe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6156
Email: e.heyhoe@lse.ac.uk

 

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methodology.admin@lse.ac.uk

 

 

Welcome to the Department of Methodology for postgraduate study in social research methods. The Department of Methodology has two key functions:

The Department also provides a walk-in 'methods surgery' where staff and students can drop in for advice on methods-related problems they may have. This service is offered weekly during term time on Thursdays 10-12 in the PhD Academy (4th Floor of the Library) on a first-come, first-served basis: no appointment necessary.

 

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Paul Nulty

Data Science Seminar Series

Date: 8 December 2016
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Title: Detecting the Structure and Dynamics of Political Concepts from Text
Speaker: Dr Paul Nulty (pictured), Research Associate, Cambridge Language Sciences at the University of Cambridge

The availability of large archives of digitised political text offers new opportunities for analysing the emergence and formation of political concepts. This talk describes new methods for discovering the structure of abstract political concepts from large text corpora. Read more...

 
EllieKnott

Quasi-citizenship as a category of practice: analyzing engagement with Russia's Compatriot policy in Crimea

In this article in the journal Citizenship Studies, the Department of Methodology's Dr Ellie Knott (pictured, Fellow in Qualitative Methods) discusses the lived experience of quasi-citizenship and examines it as a category of practice in order to develop an understanding of the social and political impacts of quasi-citizenship policies. Click here to read the full article. November 2016.

 

What can demography tell us about democracy?

Demographic transition is often welcomed, because it enables improved life opportunities and economic circumstances for societies across the world. But a new study by Dr Ben Wilson (Fellow in the Department of Methodology) and Professor Tim Dyson has found that demography is also a useful indicator of democratisation, the process where countries make the transition from authoritarian regimes to democracy. Read more... October 2016.

A key function of the department is to provide training for PhD and MSc students across the LSE in the design of social research and in qualitative and quantitative analysis.

We run a number of courses for Masters and PhD students, including courses run as part of the LSE's Doctoral Training Centre. We also run a MSc Social Research Methods programme and a MPhil/PhD Social Research Methods programme.

The Department of Methodology YouTube channel. Now available: software training videos covering SPSS, STATA and Alceste on Methodology LSE YouTube channel

Featured publication

Jones, A. (2016) ‘Orchestrated public space: the curatorial dimensions of the transformation of London's Southbank Centre,’ in Golchehr, S. et al. (eds.) Mediations: Art & Design Agency and participation in public space, conference proceedings. London, UK:  Royal College of Art, 2016, pp. 244-257.

Featured publication

"Walking the Reflexive Talk" by Dr Audrey Alejandro, Fellow in Qualitative Methodology, was published in the journal E-International Relations in September 2016.

Featured publication

Flora Cornish, and her co-author, Morten Skovdal, have published a new qualitative methods textbook for practitioners in international development. The book offers practical ‘how to’ guides, examples, and learning activities, to help development practitioners to make use of qualitative research in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. Chapter One is open access.

A selection of the most recent publications by Department of Methodology staff are below:

Quasi-citizenship as a category of practice: analyzing engagement with Russia’s Compatriot policy in Crimea
Knott, Eleanor (2016) Quasi-citizenship as a category of practice: analyzing engagement with Russia’s Compatriot policy in Crimea. Citizenship Studies . pp. 1-20. ISSN 1362-1025

Transition to parenthood during the transition to modernity in Jordan: new parents' views on family and healthcare support systems
Mrayan, Lina, Cornish, Flora, Dhungana, Nimesh and Parfitt, Barbara (2016) Transition to parenthood during the transition to modernity in Jordan: new parents' views on family and healthcare support systems. Applied Nursing Research, 32 . pp. 139-143. ISSN 0897-1897

Empty rituals? A qualitative study of users’ experience of monitoring & evaluation systems in HIV interventions in western India
Shukla, Anuprita, Teedona, Paul and Cornish, Flora (2016) Empty rituals? A qualitative study of users’ experience of monitoring & evaluation systems in HIV interventions in western India. Social Science & Medicine, 168 . pp. 7-15. ISSN 02779536