LCSS PhD Methodology Conference Held at LSE
The 2nd LCSS PhD Methodology Conference, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Doctoral Training Centres, was held on 22nd of February at the London School of Economics (LSE). The conference theme was “Mixed Methods in Social Science”, with the aim of providing an opportunity for PhD students and recent doctoral graduates from a range of social sciences disciplines to share and discuss the methods used in their research and any challenges they may have encountered.
The conference included 8 panel sessions on a diverse range of topics with paper titles including “Environmental measures and its effect on Indian exports: Case of Shrimp and prawn sector of India”, “Seeing’ the Risks: Problems and possibilities of a collaborative visual ethnography of youth, crime, and risk”, “Explaining Changes in Cyber Security Perceptions of US Policy Elites: A Mixed Methods Approach”, and “Examining the Right to Die: Legal and Societal Perspectives”. There were 20 presentations made during the course of the conference with very interesting research themes stimulating a range of academic discussions and debates as well as invaluable feedback for the presenters. There was also great interest shown to our keynote session, by Professor Linda Mulcahy from the Department of Law at the LSE, stating how mixed methodology within the social science arena has become a prevalent research tool with its pros and cons regarding the historical trajectories of social science disciplines.
Continuing from the first methodology conference, Dr. Fahri Karakas from the University of East Anglia led a “Professional Development Workshop”, offering invaluable hints and tips on how to succeed during your doctoral studies as well as preparing for a life in academia.
At the end of the evening, dinner was organised at Sofra restaurant for everybody involved with the conference, offering a chance for the participants to network with their colleagues in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
We would like to thank our presenters, keynote speakers, chairs, sponsors and all participants for making this conference intellectually inspiring and academically thought-provoking.