Working with Concepts in the Social Sciences

ECPR methods schools each summer and winter gathering not only political scientists, but also researchers and students of other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology and history. ‘Good research requires a solid methodology’ is the underlying slogan of the school where this March I’ve participated in a week-long course Working with Concepts in the Social Sciences.

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Research trip to Ukraine: Science against all odds

Autumn 2017 promises to become a turning point in my starting academic career. At the beginning of October 2017 I move to Kyiv, Ukraine for a rather lengthy amount of time – 6 weeks – to do field research on my chosen topic. My PhD project covers historical politics in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict area, with a current focus on the post-Stalinist era in Ukraine (1953-1973) and its dissident movement commonly referred to as “the 1960ers”.

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