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

 

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Graduate Admissions
|The London School of Economics and Political Science,
PO Box 13420,
Houghton Street,
London,
WC2A 2AR,
United Kingdom

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

 

Departmental Manager
John Fyson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7639
Email: j.a.fyson@lse.ac.uk|

 

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

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New publication

On South Bank: the production of public space|

Alasdair Jones|

Tensions over the production of urban public space came to the fore in summer 2013 with mass protests in Turkey sparked by a plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park, Istanbul. In London, concomitant proposals to refurbish an area of the ‘South Bank’ historically used by skateboarders were similarly met by staunch opposition.

Through an in-depth ethnographic examination of London’s South Bank, this book explores multiple dimensions of the production of urban public space. Drawing on user accounts of the significance of public space, as well as observations of how the South Bank is ‘practised’ on a daily basis, it argues that public space is valued not only for its essential material characteristics but also for the productive potential that these characteristics, if properly managed, afford on a daily basis.

Scholarship Funding

ESRC/PIC Masters Studentship Scheme in Population Studies|

The aim of the scheme is to aid the recruitment & initial development of talented students in demography by contributing to student fees and maintenance costs. The ESRC has entered into the scheme to build capacity in a priority area for the Council. The ambition within the co-funding agreement is to actively increase the research capacity within Demography in the UK.

New publication

Community mobilisation and HIV/AIDS: Revealing the limits of evidence-based policy?|

The evidence-based policy paradigm asks for simple summaries of the evidence ‘for or against’ particular interventions. Is this always appropriate? Flora Cornish| (LSE), Jacqueline-Priego Hernandez (LSE), Catherine Campbell| (LSE), Gitau Mburu (International HIV/AIDS Alliance|) and Susie McLean (International HIV/AIDS Alliance|) have published a paper in the journal AIDS & Behavior, reporting on their systematic review of the evidence for community mobilisation as a component of HIV/AIDS interventions. While some tentative statements about ‘what works’ can be made, the very mixed and inconclusive nature of the findings lead the authors to question whether it makes sense to subject complex and context-sensitive interventions to systematic reviews.

New Publication

Textual Analysis: Four Volumes Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods. London: Sage

 Martin Bauer|, Ahmet Suerdem| and Aude Bicquelet|, eds.

This four-volume book mines the extensive research of the past few decades into textual analysis. The editors have collated seminal papers which consider the key difference between content analysis and textual analysis, the conceptual starting point and the logic and the attitude of the research process, as well as the tension between reading a text and using a text, among other key issues. The carefully selected papers in this collection are put into context and analysed in a newly-written introductory chapter which charts the developments and looks at the future of the field.

To order visit the waterstones| webpage.

Text-Mining Conference 2014|

Text-Mining and Public Policy Analysis  – Call for papers:

Date:  27-28 June 2014

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science

The 4th LSE Text-Mining Conference will be an opportunity for Methodologists, Political Scientists and Data Miners to come together to discuss applications and experiences in using Text-Mining Methods for Public Policy analysis. The conference will examine the application of digital technologies to support social and policy research within two methodological strands: (1) Qualitative and Quantitative text analysis (2) Systematic analysis of multi-stream visual data. We welcome papers applying textual/visual methods to the analysis of policy documents; political discourses, Social Media and Big Data. Papers should seek to show innovation in methodology and applications of Text-Mining techniques to analyse and inform public policy decisions.

To present a paper please send an abstract of 500 to 800 words to a.j.bicquelet@lse.ac.uk|

Abstract submission deadline: 25 April 2014

Communicating Chronic Pain Call for Workshop Participants|
Do you have chronic pain and find it difficult to explain to others? Would you like to participate in a workshop in which you experiment with new ways of communicating about pain, through photography, sound, maps or movement? Researchers in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics are undertaking a research project about non-verbal methods of communicating chronic pain. Our first workshop, which is about body mapping, takes place on Saturday 23rd November at the LSE.
We’re urgently seeking people with chronic pain to participate in the workshop. For the purposes of our research, it doesn’t matter what has caused your pain or whether or not you have a diagnosis. We’re interested in a range of experiences with pain. If you would like more information or to sign up, please visit Communicating Chronic Pain|

Department of Methodology research in the news

Can text mining help handle the data deluge in public policy analysis?

Governments are lagging behind when it comes to exploiting the advantages of text mining to handle and analyze the large quantities of text that result from large-scale e-consultations. In their paper “Coping with the Cornucopia: Can Text Mining Help Handle the Data Deluge in Public Policy Analysis?” Aude Bicquelet| (LSE Methodology) and Albert Weale (UCL) analyze a public consultation on end-of-life medicines to evaluate the benefits of text mining for the analysis of online public consultations, weighing the benefits of increased automation against the potential risks.

Department of Methodology research in the news

Is diversity good or bad for community cohesion?|

The effect of ethnic diversity on communities has become a hot topic. Many academics and policy makers believe that ethnically diverse communities are characterised by distrust and low levels of social cohesion, while numerous studies show an apparent negative link between the ethnic diversity of local communities and the extent to which residents express trust in, and a sense of cohesion with, one another. A new article 'Ethnic diversity, segregation and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London'| by Patrick Sturgis (NCRM, Univ. Southampton), Ian Brunton-Smith (University of Surrey), Jouni Kuha (LSE) and Jonathan Jackson (LSE), published in Ethnic and Racial Studies journal, shows a different and more complex picture. 

New Department of Methodology publications

Laver, M. and Benoit, K. (forthcoming).  "The basic arithmetic of legislative decisions."| American Journal of Political Science.  

Lauderdale, B. E. and Clark, T. S. (forthcoming). Scaling Politically Meaningful Dimensions Using Texts and Votes|, American Journal of Political Science.

Cornish, F., Priego Hernandez, J., Campbell, C., Mburu, G. & McLean, S. (2014) Impact of community mobilisation on HIV prevention in middle and low income countries: a systematic review and critique|. AIDS & Behaviour. Published online March 23, 2014. Open Access. 

Cornish, F., Montenegro, C.R., van Reisen, K., Zaka, F. & Sevitt, J. (2014). Trust in the process: Community health action after Occupy.| Journal of Health Psychology, 19(1): 60-71.

Brunton-Smith, I., Jackson, J. and Sutherland, A. (2014). 'Bridging Structure and Perception: On the Neighbourhood Ecology of Beliefs and Worries about Violent Crime',  | British Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu020. Published online.

Bradford, B., Murphy, K. and Jackson, J. (2014). 'Officers as Mirrors: Policing, Procedural Justice and the (Re)production of Social Identity',| British Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu021. Published online.  

  

Other recent Department of Methodology publications|

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.  

Departmental staff| are involved in a variety of funded research projects| in research methodology, political science, social psychology, sociology, criminology, statistics and anthropology.

Some recent Department of Methodology publications:

Laver, M. and Benoit, K. (forthcoming). “The basic arithmetic of legislative decisions|.” American Journal of Political Science.

Lauderdale, B. E. and Clark, T. S. (forthcoming). Scaling Politically Meaningful Dimensions Using Texts and Votes|, American Journal of Political Science.
Cornish, F., Priego Hernandez, J., Campbell, C., Mburu, G. & McLean, S. (2014) Impact of community mobilisation on HIV prevention in middle and low income countries: a systematic review and critique|. AIDS & Behaviour. Published online March 23, 2014. Open Access. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunton-Smith, I., Jackson, J. and Sutherland, A. (2014). ‘Bridging Structure and Perception: On the Neighbourhood Ecology of Beliefs and Worries about Violent Crime'|, British Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu020.

Lauderdale, B. E. (2013). Does Inattention to Political Debate Explain the Polarization Gap Between the U.S. Congress and Public?|  Public Opinion Quarterly, 77(S): 2-23.

 

Hangartner, D. and Hainmueller, J. (2013). Who gets a Swiss Passport?: A Natural Experiment in Immigrant Discrimination|. American Political Science Review, 107 (1), 159-187

Hangartner, D. and Hainmueller, J. (2013). . , 107 (1), 159-187

Kuha, J. and Jackson, J. (2013). The Item Count Method for Sensitive Survey Questions: Modelling Criminal Behaviour.| Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics). doi: 10.1111/rssc.12018

Jones, A. (2013). A Tripartite Conceptualisation of Urban Public Space as a Site for Play: Evidence from South Bank, London|. Urban Geography. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2013.784081.

Karen, K., Kidd, L. Lawrence, M., McPherson, K., Cayless, S. and Cornish, F. (2013). Systematic Review of Reviews of Behavioural HIV Prevention Interventions among Men who have Sex with Men|. AIDS care, 25 (2). pp. 133-150.

Lowe, W. and Benoit, K. (2013). Validating Estimates of Latent Traits From Textual Data Using Human Judgment as a Benchmark|. Political Analysis, 21: 298-313.

Mejlgaard, N. and Stares, S. (2013). Performed and Preferred Participation in Science and Technology Across Europe: Exploring an Alternative Idea of 'Democratic Deficit'|. Public Understanding of Science, 22 (6). pp. 660-673.

Jackson, J., Huq, A., Bradford, B. and Tyler, T. R. (2013). Monopolizing Force? Police Legitimacy and Public Attitudes towards the Acceptability of Violence.| Psychology, Public Policy and Law. doi: 10.1037/a0033852. Published online Oct 14, 2013.

Gaskell, G., Gottweis, H., Starkbaum, J., Gerber, M. M., et al (2013). Publics and biobanks: Pan-European diversity and the challenge of responsible innovation|. European Journal of Human Genetics, 21(1), 14–20.    

Suerdem, A. K., Bauer, M. W., Howard, S. and Ruby, L. (2013) PUS in Turbulent Times II: A Shifting Vocabulary that Brokers Inter-disciplinary Knowledge.| Public Understanding of Science, 22, 1, 2-15.