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Research projects within the Department

Current and recent projects:

  • EUENGAGE: Bridging the gap between public opinion and European leadership: Engaging a dialogue on the future path of Europe. Funded by the Horizon 2020 Grant.
  • INTREPID: developing a better understanding on how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe. Funded by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
  • QUANTESS: Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data for Social Sciences (ERC-2011-StG 283794-QUANTESS). This project has funded Quanteda: an R package for the quantitative analyis of textual data. Funded by the European Research Council.
  • Methods for the analysis of longitudinal dyadic data with an application to     intergenerational exchanges of family support. Funded by ESRC and EPSRC.
  • Moving forward: Bringing about change in interrogation practice: This project looks at interrogation practices in both criminal justice and human intelligence gathering contexts, and how how it could be changed. Funded by the FBI.

Recently completed projects:

  • Communicating chronic pain: Interdisciplinary methods for non-textual data. The research adapts interdisciplinary methods from the arts, humanities and social sciences to examine how chronic pain, as a non-verbal experience, can be communicated through non-textual data, and how it circulates socially. Funded as an ESRC NCRM Methodological Innovation project.
  • Fiducia: New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy. Funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
  • Item Nonresponse and Measurement Error in Cross-National Surveys. The complexity of cross-national surveys raises methodological challenges which need to be met in order to make the best use of the data. Two of these are problems of data quality: measurement error where the answers by survey respondents are in some way erroneous; and nonresponse where some questions are not answered at all. The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate research methods for these problems. Funded as an ESRC NCRM Methodological Innovation project
  • LCAT: Latent Variable Modelling of Categorical Data: Tools of Analysis for Cross-national Surveys. Funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Legal norms and crime control: A comparative cross-national analysis: This is a comparative, cross-national study into attitudes towards legal authorities, compliance with the law, cooperation with legal authorities, and the policing of minority and majority groups. Funded by ESRC.
  • STEPE : Sensitive Technologies and European Public Ethics.Funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
  • Trust in Justice: Rotating Module in Round 5 of the European Social Survey.Funded by the European Commission and other bodies.