Methods North West

Highlighting the North West's methodological expertise in the social sciences

Past clinics

 

Past clinic details


Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Data

Wednesday 20th April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm

Venue: University of Liverpool – Room 109, PC Teaching Centre, Gordon Stephenson Building, University of Liverpool

In conjunction with the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Spatial Demographics Research and the NWDTC’s Advanced Quantitative Methods Pathway, this clinic will incorporate an advice surgery for those working with or thinking of working with spatial data and geographical information systems. It will also include a practical session for those who want to work through something more formalised but do not yet have their own particular questions/problems and are looking for guidance.

Panellists: Dr. Daniel Arribas-Bel, Dr. Nick Bearman, Dr. Gemma Catney, Dr. Mark Green and Prof. Chris Lloyd.

Open to all PhD students from across the North West of England. *Lunch will be provided between 12-1pm.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctoral-research-clinic-geographical-information-systems-and-spatial-data-tickets-21824446507

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Ethics

Wednesday 20th April 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: University of Liverpool – Seminar Room 8, South Campus Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool

Ethics is an increasingly central part of the research process. How should we conceive of and approach ethics? How do the complex interpersonal and institutional politics of ethics shape what we do? An interdisciplinary panel of academics with different takes on how best to think about ethics in research offer their experience and discuss their approach. This clinic will offer you the chance to ask the panel face to face about the ethical challenges in your research.

Panellists: Louise Hardwick (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology), Dr. Stephen McLeod (Philosophy), Dr. Ruth Patrick (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology), Dr. Sara Waring (Psychology), Dr. Francine Watkins (Public Health) and Prof. David Whyte (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology).

Open to all PhD students from across the North West of England. *Lunch will be provided between 12-1pm.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctoral-research-clinic-ethics-tickets-21823968076

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Statistical Methods Clinic

Friday 18 March 2016, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: University of Manchester

Methods North West holds its quantitative research clinic for PhD students from the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

The clinic will consist of a panel speaking on the following subjects:

Schedule:
2.00pm – 2.05pm – Introduction and Welcome
2.05pm – 2.35pm – Panellists sessions
2.45pm – 3.30pm – Breakout sessions
3.30pm – 4.00pm – Breakout reports

Dr Koskinen is an expert in Social Network Analysis, with his primary research focus on computational inference issues in teh analsys of social network data. He also holds a special interest in classes, positions, roles and context and how this may be approached in statistical analysis, with work on modelling and developing statistical models.

Dr Koskinen also runs the methods@manchester Summer School course Statistical Analysis of Social Networks.

Dr Shryane is a specialist in the modelling of complex psychosocial systems, statistical analysis using latent variables and agent-based modelling.

You can watch a video of him giving a five minute introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using a tea towell on YouTube. Dr Shryane also runs the methods@manchester Summer School course Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus.

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Statistical Methods Clinic

Friday 18 March 2016, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: University of Manchester

Methods North West holds its quantitative research clinic for PhD students from the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

The clinic will consist of a panel speaking on the following subjects:

Schedule:
11.00am – 11.05am – Introduction of Welcome
11.05am – 11.35am – Panellists sessions
11.45am – 12.30pm – Breakout sessions
12.30pm – 12.45pm – Breakout reports

Dr Koskinen is an expert in Social Network Analysis, with his primary research focus on computational inference issues in teh analsys of social network data. He also holds a special interest in classes, positions, roles and context and how this may be approached in statistical analysis, with work on modelling and developing statistical models.

Dr Koskinen also runs the methods@manchester Summer School course Statistical Analysis of Social Networks.

Dr Shryane is a specialist in the modelling of complex psychosocial systems, statistical analysis using latent variables and agent-based modelling.

You can watch a video of him giving a five minute introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using a tea towell on YouTube. Dr Shryane also runs the methods@manchester Summer School course Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus.

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Doctoral Research Clinic

18 September 2015 11.00am – 4.00pm

The University of Manchester

Methods North West will hold its clinic for PhD students from the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster on 18 September. The clinic will cover problems, misconceptions and prospects of Quantitative Methods with two panels to discuss common science data.

Issues will include:

1. Sample sizes (when does and when doesn’t the central limit theory apply and does it really matter anyway?)
2. p-values (what are they and what are they not?)
3. Bayesian inference vs non-Bayesian inference (is this choice more important than getting the model right?)
4. Why do we check assumptions in generalized linear models?
5. What are the distributional assumptions for observed variables in linear regression, and why the (surprising?) answer may be “none”.
6. Exploratory vs. Confirmatory vs. getting our model building approach muddled between the two.
7. To weight or not to weight (design-based vs model-based inference)?
8. Does a number trump common sense (what do model selection criteria and deviance tests really test)?

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Analysis

Wednesday 29 April 2015 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Liverpool

Whether theoretical, methodological or empirical, whether focused on detailed particulars or attempting to arrive at more universal conclusions, analysis is one of the defining features of intellectual inquiry. Analysis is the process of working on and so making sense of that which provides us with our focus. It is a practice we must all learn to do well. An expert interdisciplinary panel of academics with different analytical orientations and familiar with a range of analytical approaches across the qualitative and quantitative divide will discuss different ways of thinking about analysis and how best to go about it, as well provide advice on problems that arise around analysis.

Panellists: Ciara Kierans (Anthropology), Karyn Morrissey (Geography), Andrew Redden (History), Niamh Thornton (Latin American Studies)

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Ethics

Wednesday 29 April 2015 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Liverpool

Ethics is an increasingly central part of the research process. How should we conceive of and approach ethics? How do the complex interpersonal and institutional politics of ethics shape what we do? An interdisciplinary panel of academics with different takes on how best to think about ethics in research offer their experience and discuss their approach. This clinic will offer you the chance to ask the panel face to face about the ethical challenges in your research.

Panellists: David Whyte (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology), Rachel Pope (Archaeology), Francine Watkins (Public Health), Panayiota Vassilopolou (Philosophy), Marieke Riethof (LAS/Politics), Geoff Pearson (Management)

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Theory

Friday 4 April 2014 1.30pm – 3.30pm

University of Liverpool

This is an additional clinic for Arts and Humanities students

Panel members: Deana Heath (History), David Hill (Media), Karl Simms (English), Nicole Vitellone (Sociology), Daniel Whistler (Philosophy).

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The Lives of Others

Wednesday 2 April 2014 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel members: Ciara Kierans (Anthropology), Matt Grove (Archaeology), Karyn Morrisey (Geography), Damien Kempf (History), Mike Rowe (Management School).

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Ethics

Wednesday 2 April 2014 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel members: David Whyte (Sociology), Louise Hardwick (Sociology), Geoff Pearson (Management School), Francine Watkins (Public Health), Panayiota Vassilopolou (Philosophy).

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Qualitative Research Methods

Wednesday 12 March 2014 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel members: Dr Caroline Gatrell, Prof Mark Easterby-Smith, Dr Valerie Bevan and Dr Casey Wilson.

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Mixed Methods

Wednesday 12 March 2014 11.00am – 1.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel members: Dr Caroline Gatrell, Prof Mark Easterby-Smith, Dr Valerie Bevan and Dr Casey Wilson.

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Researching for Literature

Friday 14 February 2014 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel members: Mark Elliot (Social Sciences) Ian Fairweather (Humanities) and Pauline Prevett (Education).

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Quantitative Methods

Friday 14 February 2014 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel members: Mark Elliot (Social Sciences), Mark Tranmer (Social Sciences), Graeme Hutcheson (Education), YaoJun Li (ISC)

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The Lives of Others

Wednesday 17 April 2013 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel members: Matt Groves (Archaeology) Damien Kempf (History) Ciara Kierans (Institute of Psychology, Health and Society) Karyn Morrissey (Population, Space and Geodemographics) Mike Rowe (University of Liverpool Management School).

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Ethics

Wednesday 17 April 2013 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel Members: Robin Holt (University of Liverpool Management School) Louise Hardwick (Director Interchange) Dr. David Whyte (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) Eleanor Drywood (Socio-legal Studies/Law) Liz Perkins (Institute of Psychology, Health and Society)

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Qualitative Research Methods

Wednesday 6 March 2013 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel Members: Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, Dr Valerie Bevan, Dr Caroline Gatrell; Dr Casey Wilson, (all Lancaster University Management School).

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Mixed Methods

Wednesday 6 March 2013 11.00am – 1.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel Members: Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, Dr Valerie Bevan, Dr Casey Wilson (all Lancaster University Management School).

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Advanced Quantitative Methods

Friday 15 February 2013 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel Members: Mark Elliot (Social Statistics, Manchester), Brian Francis and Peter Diggle (social Statistics, Lancaster) +1 TBC.

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Quantitative Methods

Friday 15 February 2013 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel Members: Ralf Becker (Economics), Mark Elliot (Social Statistics), Tarani Chandola (Social Statistics), Rob Ford (Institute for Social Change).

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Quantitative Methods

Wednesday 30 May 2012 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel Members: Dr Valerie Bevan, Dr Caroline Gatrell; Dr Casey Wilson, (all Lancaster University Management School).

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Mixed Methods

Wednesday 30 May 2012 11.00am – 1.00pm

Lancaster University

Panel Members: Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, Dr Valerie Bevan; Dr Caroline Gatrell, Dr Casey Wilson (all Lancaster University Management School).

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The Lives of Others

Wednesday 25 April 2012 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel members: Matt Groves (Archaeology) Damien Kempf (History) Ciara Kierans (Institute of Psychology, Health and Society) Karyn Morrissey (Population, Space and Geodemographics) Mike Rowe (University of Liverpool Management School).

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Ethics

Wednesday 25 April 2012 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Liverpool

Panel Members: Robin Holt (University of Liverpool Management School) Louise Hardwick (Director Interchange) Dr. David Whyte (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) Eleanor Drywood (Socio-legal Studies/Law) Liz Perkins (Institute of Psychology, Health and Society).

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Researching for a Literature Review

Monday 26 March 2012 2.00pm – 4.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel Members: Wendy Olsen (Social Statistics/IDPM), Joel Smith (Politics), Ian Fairweather (Social Anthropology), Mark Elliot (Social Statistics), James Summers (Law, Lancaster University).

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Quantitative Methods

Monday 26 March 2012 11.00am – 1.00pm

University of Manchester

Panel Members: Ralf Becker (Economics), Mark Elliot (Social Statistics), Tarani Chandola (Social Statistics), Rob Ford (Institute for Social Change).

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