(OPE-L) AHE Workshop on Advanced Research Methods

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Wed Oct 01 2003 - 15:37:19 EDT


The Association for Heterodox Economics is putting on its 3rd ESRC-funded AHE Postgraduate Training Workshop on ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS.  For those who are not aware, the UK Economics and Social Research Council is the government agency that funds social science research.  Thus it has the same status as, for example, the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States.  For the AHE to get such funding for 3 years running is unheard of--for no organization, mainstream or not, generally get such continuous funding.  And for the AHE as a heterodox economics organization to get such funding is simply unheard of whether it be in the UK, USA, or anyplace else.  What makes this Postgraduate Training Workshop so special is that it introduces postgraduate students (students going for Masters or Doctoral degrees) to research methodology and methods that are different from econometrics.  Imagine, postgraduate students in economics getting introduced to qualitative research methods, open systems methodology, grounded theory--will the blasphemy never stop!!  Hell, even the postgraduate students at UMKC do not get introduced to such stuff and we have a heterodox graduate program.  And the blasphemy does not stop there.  The Workshop also introduces a critical evaluation of traditional econometric methods and introduces postgraduate students to avant-garde (at least for postgraduate students) multilevel modelling which includes econometrics.  So coming out of the Workshop the postgraduate will have a deeper critical understanding and appreciation of econometrics, an excellent introduction qualitative research methods, and view of non-deductive open systems approach to theory creation that involves both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  I do not think that another such a Workshop for postgraduate students exists any place in the world--not in the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, India, France, Germany--not any place.  So get your postgraduate students signed up for the Workshop--no excuses accepted!!

While the ESRC funds cover the attendance of UK postgraduate students--including travel, lodging and food, the Workshop is also open to postgraduate students from Ireland, Europe, USA, and the rest of the world.  However in these cases, there will be some additional fees.  Since this kind of Workshop exists no place else in the world, it is important that non-UK professors encourage their postgraduate students to attend the Workshop and maybe even get them some funding and perhaps even give coursework credit for the Workshop.

In addition, UK lecturers who supervise postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and I think there might be some ESRC funding for you as well.  And for all those other lecturers and professors in the UK and the rest of the World, you can also attend the Workshop.  In fact it would be a great thing if you attended--in fact I encourage you to attend and will buy you a pint at the local real ale pub for your efforts.

If you are interested in attending the Workshop, contact Professor Paul Downward--his e-mail is given below.  

Also you should take a look at the AHE website:  http://www.hetecon.com.  It has lots of material from the previous Workshops as well as various readings.  Readings that would be (I think) appropriate for the Workshop are the following:

T. Lawson, Reorienting Economics, Routledge, 2003

T. Lawson, Economics and Reality, Routledge, 1997

N. Denzin and Y. Lincoln (eds), Strategies of Qualitative Inquiry

Cambridge Journal of Economics, November 2002 issue--all the papers

K. Locke, Grounded Theory in Management Research

W. K. Olsen, "Social Statistics and the Indian Labour Market," Journal of Critical Realism, 2001, 4.1 (May)

A flyer is attached so you can print it out and post it all over your department and send this e-mail to your heterodox colleagues and students.


Fred Lee



Association of Heterodox Economics


Third ESRC funded post graduate workshop on 

advanced research methods


6th-8th February 2004

Chancellor's Conference Centre

Manchester U.K.


ESRC funded places to cover UK travel, and accommodation and subsistence expenses are available for PhD students for the above event. The workshop cover topics in research not typically covered in economics training. 


Workshop topics  include:

        Reorienting economics to match method with social material

        Open system methodology in Economics

        Modelling Strategies for analysing complexity

        Triangulating quantitative and qualitative data

        Writing for publication

        Grounded Theory

        Multilevel Modelling


Speakers include:

      Professor  Peter Davies 
     Staffordshire University
      Professor  Paul Downward
     Staffordshire University
      Professor Stephen Gorard
     Cardiff University
      Dr Tony Lawson
     Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge University
      Professor Fred Lee
     University of Missouri at Kansas City
      Dr Andrew Mearman
     University of the West of England
      Dr Wendy Olsen
     The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research
      Paul Ormerod
     Volterra Consulting


Further details

For an application form and further details please contact 


      Professor Paul Downward
     Email. p.m.downward@staffs.ac.uk
      Staffordshire University Business School
      Stoke on Trent
      ST4 2DF


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