PLATO's third PhD school in Cambridge will focus on research methods, but will also include a follow-up of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme and a supervision workshop.
This PhD course in research methods will give participants an opportunity to discuss questions raised in their individual PhD projects with experts in specific methods. The sessions will deal with case study methods, process tracing, focus groups and content analysis.
The workshop will bring PhDs and supervisors together to revisit the PLATO Supervision Charter and reflect on the evolving supervisory relationships. The second part for supervisors will address some of the dilemmas facing researchers in their role as supervisors and support them in developing competences as mentors.
This half-day programme will allow PLATO's PhD researchers to reflect on their achievements so far in a career perspective, and to continue their focus on career planning.
This one-day programme will address some key features of relevance to PhD researchers at the start of their second year, such as resilience, prioritisation, and project planning.
The aim of this workshop is to improve the participants' oral presentation skills. By preparing and rehearsing their own presentations, participants will acquire confidence and fluidity in speech and be better prepared to interact with an academic audience.
The aim of this two-day workshop is to improve the style and structure of the participants’ English academic papers.
The course will introduce students to fundamental issues in the design of research in comparative political science and assist them in the development of their own research project.
The project's second PhD school will be staged in Vienna on 12-16 March 2018. Three days will be dedicated to research design, and two days to academic writing.
The two-day 'effective and collaborative researcher' programme is a variant of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme tailor-made to the needs of PLATO's PhD researchers.
The aim of this course is to help PhD students build a conceptual framework for dissertations which investigate how the legitimacy of the EU may have been affected by recent crises in European integration.
The first PhD school within PLATO will take place in Berlin on 15-19 January 2018. The school includes a three-day PhD course in theory while two days will be dedicated to Vitae's Effective & Collaborative Researcher programme.