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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

 

General Enquiries

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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Ken Benoit

LSE Works lecture: The Brexit Debate through Social Media: deliberative discussion, or deliberate dysfunction?

Using over 35 million tweets, Ken Benoit analysed the debate and campaign through social media. This event is now available as a downloadable podcast and video. Click here for further information.

 
JamieMonogan

The Case for Research Preregistration, with Applications in Elections Research
Date:
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Venue: COL 8.13
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Speaker: Professor Jamie Monogan, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia.
Abstract:
Preregistration refers to when an analyst commits to a research design before observing the outcome. How can preregistration be useful for political scientists? This presentation makes the
argument that, when appropriate, study registration increases honesty and transparency in research reporting in a way that benefits authors, reviewers, and readers. Click here for further information.

 

 
Qualitative research for development

Qualitative Research for Development

Flora Cornish’s co-authored methods book ‘Qualitative Research for Development’ (written with Morten Skovdal, University of Copenhagen) is the publisher’s third most downloaded book of 2016. Practical Action have made the full book freely downloadable for the month of February 2017. Click here for the PDFFebruary 2017.

 

Call for papers for conference on quantitative text-analysis

We invite proposals for papers to be presented at a day-long conference focussing on quantitative text-analysis in the social sciences to be held in the Methodology Department of the LSE on 19th May 2017. This conference aims to provide advanced graduate students and early-career social-science researchers in the UK working on quantitative text analysis the opportunity to present their work to and receive feedback from a group of like-minded scholars.

The conference is supported by ESRC grant ES/N016297/1 and the Methodology Department at the LSE. Lunch and dinner will be provided, and we will reimburse the cost of transport for invitees traveling from outside London up to £50.

Please submit a title and abstract (of no more than 150 words) by 3 March 2017 to Jack Blumenau. Submissions should be original research papers that have not yet been accepted for publication. Applied work is preferred to theoretical work, though applicants should feel free to contact Jack Blumenau if they have questions before submitting.

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:

Multidimensional predictors of physical frailty in older people: identifying how and for whom they exert their effects
Ding, Yew Y., Kuha, Jouni and Murphy, Michael (2017) Multidimensional predictors of physical frailty in older people: identifying how and for whom they exert their effects. Biogerontology . ISSN 1389-5729

Frontline perspectives on "joined-up" working relationships: a qualitative study of social prescribing in the West of Scotland
White, Jane M., Cornish, Flora and Kerr, Susan (2017) Frontline perspectives on "joined-up" working relationships: a qualitative study of social prescribing in the West of Scotland. Health & Social Care in the Community, 25 (1). pp. 194-203. ISSN 1365-2524

Low mental health treatment participation and Confucianist familial norms among East Asian immigrants: a critical review
Au, Anson (2017) Low mental health treatment participation and Confucianist familial norms among East Asian immigrants: a critical review. International Journal of Mental Health, 46 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0020-7411