P dot Blanchard at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23 714
Advice and feedback 2016.17
(except term 2, on study leave)
I joined PAIS and the Warwick Q-Step team in September 2014. I had worked previously at the Universities of Paris 9 (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Pennsylvania State (USA). I has also collaborated in research and/or teaching with other French, Swiss, Austrian, Danish, German and US Universities. I am involved with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) as co-convenor of the Standing group on Political Methodology, instructor at the Methods School and chair of the School's Academic Advisory Board. I am also a member of the board of the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).
- "Big Political Data: Why and How", one-day conference I organised in December 2016 at the University of Warwick with the support of the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Warwick Q-Step Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Four great, long talks about topical pieces of empirical research by Jonathan Bright (Oxford), Javier Sajuria (Newcastle), Annie Waldherr (Münster) and Rachel Gibson (Manchester). Video clips are available here.
- Early 2017, Kathrin Thomas and I launched the blog of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology. So far, four brief and catchy posts are visible, discussing methods from contrasted subdisciplinary angles: Martyn Hammersley, Open University, about the existence of qualitative and quantitative cultures in social science; Derek Beach, University of Aarrhus, about the selection of cases in case study research; Michael Saward, University of Warwick, about methods in the political theory of democracy; and Antoine Vion, University of Aix-Marseille, about semantic treatments of open data. If you wish to contribute, please write!
- The ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology (SGPM) is hosting a section entitled "Methodological Challenges in Researching Elites" at the ECPR General Conference in Oslo, from 6th to 9th September 2017. Lea Sgier and Theofanis Exadaktylos are chairing the section. The SGPM is also sponsoring the section on "Measuring Political Participation". I will be speaking about teaching applied statistics in the digital wave.
- The Masters degree in Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods at Warwick is recruiting for 2017.18. We have reinforced its methodological component, with a third core module in Advanced quantitative methods, following the one on Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods I will teach. The MA is supported by the Department of Politics and International Studies, and by the Warwick QStep Centre, which aims at fostering quantitative skills within the social sciences.