P dot Blanchard at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23 714
Advice and feedback 2017.18
I joined PAIS and the Warwick Q-Step team in 2014. I worked previously at the Universities of Paris 9 (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Pennsylvania State (USA). I has also collaborated in research and/or teaching with universities in Austria, Danemark, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland and the US. I am involved with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) as a Board Member of the Standing group on Political Methodology, instructor at the Methods School and chair of the School's Academic Advisory Board. I am also a member of the board of the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).
- "Analysing Political and Social Sequences", one-week workshop at the ECPR Winter School in Bamberg, Germany, 5th-9th March 2018. This is one of 50 courses proposed, from 2 to 5 days each, covering a range of methods and tools from all social science traditions, and intended for all levels, from beginners to experienced. Registration is still open.
- "Big Political Data: Why and How", one-day conference I organised in December 2016 at the University of Warwick with the support of the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Warwick Q-Step Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Four great, long talks about topical pieces of empirical research by Jonathan Bright (Oxford), Javier Sajuria (Newcastle), Annie Waldherr (Münster) and Rachel Gibson (Manchester). Video clips are available here.
- Early 2017, Kathrin Thomas and I launched the blog of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology. So far, five brief and catchy posts are visible, discussing methods from contrasted subdisciplinary angles: Martyn Hammersley, Open University, about the existence of qualitative and quantitative cultures in social science; Derek Beach, Aarrhus, about the selection of cases in case study research; Michael Saward, Warwick, about methods in the political theory of democracy; Antoine Vion, Aix-Marseille, about semantic treatments of open data; Virginia Ros, Manchester, about public mood on immigration in Spain. If you wish to contribute, please write!
- The ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology (SGPM) will host a section about the future of surveys for the study of politics at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg, from 22-25.08.2018.
- The Masters degree in Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods at Warwick is recruiting for 2017.18. We have reinforced its methodological component, with a third core module in Advanced quantitative methods, following the one on Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods I will teach. The MA is supported by the Department of Politics and International Studies, and by the Warwick QStep Centre, which aims at fostering quantitative skills within the social sciences.
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