1st LCSS PhD Conference 2013: Methodological Choices and Challenges

Apr 19, 2013 09:00

19 April 2013 - King's College London, UK


LCSS held its first PhD Conference on Methodological Choices and Challenges on 19 April 2013 at King’s College London. The aim of the conference was to bring PhD students from different disciplinary backgrounds together and create an opportunity to share their experience in choosing their methodologies and the challenges they encounter in this process. It was great to see that the conference achieved this goal.

The conference was composed of 12 panel sessions on a wide range of topics such as ‘challenges in choosing appropriate research methodologies’, ‘data collection and analysis’, ‘undertaking ethnographic research and related ethical issues’, ‘mixed methodologies’, ‘research in education’, ‘gender research methodologies’, ‘methodological dominance and new methods’, ‘interdisciplinary research’ and ‘technology and academic research’. We had 45 presenters with very interesting topics and their presentations generated great discussion. Our keynote session was highly attended and the talks attracted great interest and led to perceptive questions from the audience. Our first keynote speaker Prof Penny Green, Head of Research at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London talked on the dialectics of state crime. Prof Kenneth Benoit, our second keynote speaker Head of Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science talked about methodology in social sciences. Dr Fahri Karakas’s Professional Development Workshop drew a huge interest and our participants found it very helpful.

Last but not least, congratulations to our prize winners! Our congratulations go to Lakshmi Priya Rajendran from University of Sheffield for the Best Paper Prize, to Sarah Bekaert from City University for the First Runner Up for the Best Paper Prize, to Arnaud Vaganay from the LSE for the Second Runner Up for the Best Paper Prize, to Laura German from University of Southampton, Namrata Bhattacharya from University of Wolverhampton and Didem Güneş Yɪlmaz from Queen’s University Belfast for the Mention Award, and to Nela Brown and Tony Stockman from Queen Mary University of London for the Best Poster Prize.

We would like to thank to our keynote speakers, all our participants and chairs for making this conference an interesting and academically stimulating experience. 

Contributors

Dr Fabian Zhilla

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Dr Fahri Karakas

Fellow at LCSS & Researcher and Lecturer, University of East Anglia


Dr Sevket Hylton Akyildiz

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Dr Zerrin Ozlem Biner

Anthropology, University of Cambridge


Dr Zeynep Kaya

Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Ferya Tas

King's College London


Prof Benjamin Bowling

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Prof Kenneth Benoit

Head of the Department of Methodology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Prof Lucinda Platt

Professor of Sociology, Institute of Education (IOE) University of London

Prof Penny Green

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London


Venue


King's College London

Strand, London WC2R 2LS



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