Posted on: 12 December, 2018
Application deadline: January 17, 2019

6th Winter School on Research Methodology in Social Sciences, Florence, Italy

6th Winter School on Research Methodology in Social Sciences: Urban studies and spatial planning: research approaches and methods

17-18 January, 2019, Florence (Italy) School of Architecture (Via della Mattonaia 8) and Complesso le Murate, (Via dell’Agnolo)

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The contents of the 6th Winter School Basics:

Academic Publishing and Writing (Francesco Chiodelli, Gran Sasso Science Institute, and Stefano Moroni, Polytechnic University of Milan)

The first part of the workshop (“Academic writing”) aims to present PhD students with a series of pointers that will serve as a template for formulating their thesis. The second part (“Academic publishing”) aims to introduce PhD students to the challenging world of publishing in international scientific journals.

Methodological questions

Workshop 1 Introductory qualitative research methods (Alessandro Coppola and Giulia Pezzi GSSI, L’aquila) The workshop discusses how qualitative research methodologies can be applied to urban planning and urban studies research, walking the students through different methodologies for qualitative data collection. It introduces theoretical and applied orientations to qualitative research, fieldwork strategies, (participant) observation and how to conduct interviews. At the end of the workshop a focus group exercise will allow students to test some of the acquired skills.

Workshop 2

Assembling cities. A mixed-method empirical methodology (Laura Lieto, Federico II University of Naples, and Davide Ponzini, Polytechnic University of Milan) The workshop engages planning’s constitutive tension toward other discipline domains by looking at new materialism, actor-network theory and assemblage thinking. Its main purpose is to outline a relational understanding of the socio-materiality of city life and provide new theoretical and practical insights for planners, designers and policy-makers engaged in day-to-day challenges.

Workshop 3

Methods of policy analysis in territorial governance (Valeria Fedeli, Polytechnic University of Milan, and Umberto Janin Rivolin, Polytechnic University of Turin) The workshop discusses how different methods for policy analysis can be employed in the field of territorial governance and spatial planning. First, it conceptualizes a system of territorial governance and introduces the main theories of policy analysis, with a focus on their methodological aspects. Then, it guides students owards framing research projects that use policy analysis in the field of territorial governance and spatial planning.

Research design: 

(Camilla Perrone, University of Florence, Laura Saija, University of Catania, and Francesco Lo Piccolo, University of Palermo) This section explores under which conditions a knowing process can be considered “research” likely to generate meaningful ‘scientific’ knowledge. Since this is a contested terrain, participants will engage in an informed debate on the various ways in which a scholar can legitimately, both from an epistemological and an ethical point of view, identify a research question, select or develop research methods, carry-out data collection and analysis or interpretation, etc. Pint of Research: Meet researchers at the pub!

Around 15 scholars will be available for a meeting held over a beer (a glass of wine or a soft drink). A list of available scholars and their research topics is available on the website of the Winter School

Attendance and registration The participation is free of charge. Attendees from all countries are welcome. They are asked to register by 21 December 2018 on the website https://researchmethodolog.wixsite.com/rms2019. Master degree is a basic requirement. When registering at the Winter School, attendees are required to specify the following details: name, surname, affiliation, role; which workshop among No. 1, 2 and 3 they would like to attend; if they’ll join us for meals (two lunches and a social aperitif/light dinner); which researcher they would like to meet during “Pint of Research”. The Winter School will be held in English and will provide students with 6 credits (to be agreed with the sending universities). Participants will also be given of an additional certificate of attendance of activities related to the “Complementary Skills”, issued by the IUSAFF (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori dell’Ateneo di Firenze) equivalent to 6 credits.

Participation grants are not available; for organizational reasons, the Winter School cannot provide any form of support (e.g. invitation letters) in order to obtain VISA. More information is available on the website of the Winter School.

Provisional Programme JANUARY 17 8.30 – 09:00 Registration 09:00 – 9.15 Opening: Camilla Perrone (University of Florence) 09:15 – 9.30 Institutional Welcome 09:30 – 12:30 Basics: Academic Writing, Francesco Chiodelli, Gran Sasso Science Institute, and Stefano Moroni, Polytechnic University of Milan 12:30 – 14:00: Lunch Break 14:00 – 17:30 Basics: Academic Publishing, Francesco Chiodelli, Gran Sasso Science Institute, and Stefano Moroni, Polytechnic University of Milan 17:30 – 19:30 Pint of Research: Meet researchers at the pub! 20:00 Light dinner at the Pub

JANUARY 18 09:00 – 13:00 Methodological questions: Parallel workshops (W1, W2, W3) Workshop 1 – Introductory qualitative research methods, (Alessandro Coppola and Giulia Pezzi, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’aquila) Workshop 2 – Assembling cities. A mixed-method empirical methodology, (Laura Lieto, Federico II University of Naples, and Davide Ponzini, Polytechnic University of Milan) Workshop 3 – Methods of policy analysis in territorial governance, (Valeria Fedeli, Polytechnic University of Milan, and Umberto Janin Rivolin, Polytechnic University of Turin) 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch Break 14:30 – 15:00 Further opportunities for PhD candidates, Matteo Basso and Filippo Magni, IUAV University of Venice; Camilla Perrone, University of Florence

15:00 – 17:30 Research Design Camilla Perrone, University of Florence, Laura Saija University of Catania, and Francesco Lo Piccolo, University of Palermo 17.30 – 17.45: Conclusions and preliminary evaluations

Contacts and promoters Contacts: Camilla Perrone (camilla.perrone@unifi.it); Francesco Chiodelli (francesco.chiodelli@gssi.it); Barbara Pizzo (barbara.pizzo@uniroma1.it). The Winter School is promoted by the University of Florence (Doctoral Program on Urban and Regional Planning, Doctoral School of Architecture), with the support of Gran Sasso Science Institute (Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies and Regional Science) and the participation of a network of Italian universities: University of Florence, University of Cagliari, University of Catania, Gran Sasso Science Institute – L’Aquila, IUAV – Venice, Polytechnic University of Milan, Polytechnic University of Turin, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Roma Tre, University of Molise, University of Naples, University of Palermo, University of Sassari