On Wednesday 30th January 2019, we held our second half-day Workshop focused on methods of data collection and data analysis. At the Taliesin Mall - our fancy study and activity space - we welcomed graduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, the Department of Media Studies and the Department of Human Geography to present and discuss their experiences in collecting and managing data for their PhD dissertations. Over refreshments and light snacks, there was also time for all students to discuss their own research and questions on methods.

Topics and presenters included:

  • Matthew Collins (Politics): Web-scraping as data collection method
  • Shasha Zhao (Media): Online ethnography
  • Allyson Edwards (International Relations): Archival research and discourse analysis
  • Eleanor Cotterill (Human Geography): Scrapbooking
  • Owen Williams (Politics): Expert interviews in theory and practice

A big thank you to all the presenters for taking up the stage and share their experiences on intercultural and interdisciplinary work, online communication and opportunities (and pain) of using new software to scrape data from the internet, on access to information and being sensitive to people’s lives and traumas when asking about their stories as well as operating in a foreign language and culture for your research. Thanks everybody for coming along to the session – students and staff alike – for asking questions, lively engagement with each topic and for sharing your own experiences over tea and coffee.

Launch of New WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network

The newly established WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network was launched at a well-attended event in Swansea on Thursday 27th September. This multi-disciplinary network will bring together scholars who conduct and publish methodologically rigorous research that centres on Welsh politics and governance from across the five WISERD partner universities. The Network is jointly led by Dr Matthew Wall and Dr Bettina Petersohn from Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies.

Future Network activities include: developing awareness of research projects and plans across the member institutions; identifying potential synergies and collaborations among network members; identifying opportunities for collaborative funding proposals among research network members and assisting with the drafting of funding proposals. Network dissemination activities will include conference papers and panel – including at WISERD’s Annual Conference in Aberystwyth in 2019. WISERD Co-director Professor Paul Chaney said "The launch of the network is an exciting development with strong potential to link-up leading experts working on politics and governance issues in Wales and beyond – and advance research that will have real impact on scholarship, policy and public life". Dr Wall and Dr Petersohn added "The launch event was an excellent start towards what we are aiming to achieve with this Research Network. It brought to light overlapping research interests among network members and sparked discussions about potential collaborations between early career and more established researchers."

Please email Matthew and Betting if you wish to join.