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

 

YouTube: MethodologyLSE

Twitter: MethodologyLSE

 

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

 

Department Manager
Gillian Urquhart

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7639

Email: g.urquhart@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.

 

Read more about the Department ... 

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The power of the passport

Dr Dominik Hangartner's research on whether governments should make it easier for migrants to take up citizenship has found that naturalisation acts as a catalyst for social and political integration. His research focused on his native Switzerland. Read more...

Dr Hangartner (pictured) was also a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme prize in 2015. Read more...

 
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Flora Cornish speaks at keynote debate

Dr Flora Cornish (pictured), Department of Methodology, spoke in a keynote debate on measurement at the Development Studies Association of Ireland annual conference in Dublin on Thursday 19 November. She argued that the evidence paradigm is producing misuses of social scientific research in the service of policy and donor interests, drawing on her recent paper on systematic reviews, published in Anthropology & Medicine

 
 

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

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:

Motivating compliance behavior among tax offenders: procedural justice or deterrence?
Murphy, T., Bradford, B. and Jackson, J. (2016) Motivating compliance behavior among tax offenders: procedural justice or deterrence? Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43 (1). pp. 102-118. ISSN 0093-8548

Some editorial notes on publishing and publications in JCASP
Muldoon, Orla and Cornish, Flora (2016) Some editorial notes on publishing and publications in JCASP. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26 (1). pp. 89-92. ISSN 1052-9284

A leap of faith? Trust in the police among migrants in England and Wales
Bradford, B., Sargeant, E., Murphy, T. and Jackson, J. (2016) A leap of faith? Trust in the police among migrants in England and Wales. British Journal of Criminology . ISSN 0007-0955 (In Press)

Enabling and constraining police power: on the moral regulation of policing
Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan (2016) Enabling and constraining police power: on the moral regulation of policing. In: Jacobs, Jonathan and Jackson, Jonathan, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics. Routledge, Oxford, UK. (In Press)