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Economic and financial data for research in international development

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Workshop for staff and students

Are you interested in asking questions about the economy and human wellbeing? Would you like to analyse the structures and characteristics of economic power of states and firms? Would you like to explore how to use economic and financial data in qualitative research?

On March 30-31st the Global Development Academy is running a free research workshop on the use of economic and financial data in research on international development. Participants will become familiar with an integrative approach where theory, conceptualization and data act in dialogue. In contrast to standard data workshops, the focus will not be on teaching hypothesis testing techniques. Instead, the workshop will explore how economic and financial data can play a part in the formulation of pertinent questions about society and development.

The course is for students and staff studying International Development, and is specifically tailored to those coming from a non-economics background. Its aim is to demystify key concepts and equip participants with knowledge and skills on how to access, analyse and interpret economic data for development research: assessing, for example, which sectors are doing well in an economy, changing wages, spending in different social services, or the financial position of a company without relying solely on secondary literature.

The workshop will be focused on practical application of skills in class research exercises. In particular, we hope this will prove useful in supporting students with research for MSc dissertations and PhD theses.

The teaching component of the workshop will be led by Professor Marc Wuyts of the International Institute of Social Studies, and Professor Sukhdev Johal, Queen Mary’s University of London. Dr Hazel Gray and Dr Andrew Bowman from Centre of African Studies will act as facilitators.

Spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to students.

The event is supported with funding from the University of Edinburgh’s Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy.

Please direct any questions to african.studies@ed.ac.uk.

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