The Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex offers a five-day "Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods" from 3-7 July 2017. The Centre has put together an exciting teaching team of some of the leading Essex and external human rights academics and practitioners, all with extensive experience of researching and working on human rights issues in a wide range of contexts. The summer school is ideal for human rights professionals working in NGOs, government and international organisations; lawyers; academics and postgraduate students.
From the announcement of the Centre:
We are delighted to announce the 2017 programme for the Human Rights Centre’s pioneering summer school on Human Rights Research Methods. Since the launch of the summer school in 2014, there has been growing recognition of the importance of paying attention to methodology in human rights research, especially with the increasing emphasis on evidence and on assessing and enhancing the impact of human rights. While academics, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations carry out vast amounts of research, very little attention has traditionally been paid to methodology in human rights. However, the strength, persuasiveness and legitimacy of research findings and, in turn, the ability of such findings to influence policy and practice will be greatly enhanced by methodological rigor. Run over 5 days, the Research Methods summer school provides the core methods and skills needed to carry out human rights research whether for academic scholarship, bids for large research projects or reports for NGOs, governments and international organisations. Participants will learn how to design research projects and carry them out both in a headquarters environment or while working in the field. They will learn about the range of tools and methodologies for human rights research (whether academic or practical) and when, why and how to employ particular research methods in specific research contexts. The summer school not only focuses on documenting human rights violations using qualitative and quantitative research methods but it also addresses questions of how to measure the impact and effectiveness of policies and practices based on human rights. It is an essential course for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers and human rights professionals working in NGOs, government and international organisations. Participants in previous years have expressed strong satisfaction with the content and the delivery of the programme and the demand for places has remained high.
The summer school will be taught by a combination of Essex and external human rights academics and practitioners. The team includes:
Teaching sessions will be on following topics:
Qualitative Data Analysis; Interviewing Survivors of Human Rights Violations; Single and Comparative Case Studies; The Use of Focus Groups; Conducting In-Country Research; Human Rights Indicators; The Role of Databases; Socio-Economic and Administrative Statistics; Surveys; Counting Rights Violations; Experiments; Measuring the Impact of the Right to Health; Documenting Harm and Claiming Reparations in Countries Undergoing Transition; Choosing between Quantitative and Qualitative Methods; One-on-One Clinics on research plans.
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