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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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Ken Benoit

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

Date: 25 January 2017
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Speaker: Professor Ken Benoit (pictured), Head of Department, Department of Methodology

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Methodology will be holding a lecture as part of the 2017 LSE Works Lent Term Events programme. Using over 35 million tweets, Ken Benoit (pictured) will analyse the debate and campaign through social media. Read more...

 
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Data Science Seminar: Fitting Hierarchical Models in Large-Scale Recommender Systems
Date:
Thursday 26 January 2017
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Venue: COL 8.13
Speaker: Professor Patrick Perry, Stern School of Business, New York University.

This talk addresses the challenge of fitting a hierarchical model at commercial scale by proposing a moment-based procedure for estimating the parameters of a hierarchical model. Click here for the full abstract.

 
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Is Russia hacking democracy?

In this article in the New Statesman, the Department of Methodology's Dr Ellie Knott (pictured, Fellow in Qualitative Methods) discusses what destabilising powers Putin's regime really has - and focus should be on where Russia is really misbehaving, as opposed to where it is not. Click here to read the full article. January 2017.

 

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:

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 . ISSN 0020-7411 (In Press)

Ethnicity, legitimacy and modes of incorporation: early findings from the European Social Survey’
Bradford, Ben, Jackson, Jonathan and Hough, Mike (2017) Ethnicity, legitimacy and modes of incorporation: early findings from the European Social Survey’. In: Roche, Sebastian and Oberwittler, Dietrich, (eds.) Police-citizen Relations: A Comparative Investigation of Sources and Impediments of Legitimacy around the World. Routledge, Oxon, UK. (In Press)