Quantitative research methods and interdisciplinarity. A case study


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Quantitative research methods and interdisciplinarity. A case study

Or: why quantitative methods are not (necessarily) reductionist and qualitative methods not (necessarily) anecdotal.

This seminar explains some basics of quantitative research design and gives an example of how quantitative methods could be integrated into an interdisciplinary study. As a case, it uses a study in Western-Equatoria, South Sudan, on the role of information in the formation of authority. Specifically, this case study investigates the impact of an early-warning radio network, on fear for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and support for a local militia (the Arrow Boys). The seminar will contain little technical detail, but instead focus on the intuition behind one of the ‘holy grails’ of quantitative research: causal inference. Or: how draw out meaningful (casual) relationships rather than meaningless correlations.

Anouk S. Rigterink is a PhD student at the Department for International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Research Associate with the DfID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme. Her research interests include civil conflict, violence and security and natural resources.

 

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The research seminars will take place in the Meeting room, Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Universiteitstraat 8 (1st floor), Ghent. For more information and registration, please contact Sigrid.vertommen@ugent.be