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      Elite Interviewing in the Social Sciences. Methods and Techniques. in Edinburgh

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      May 28, 2019

      Tuesday  12:00 PM

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      Elite Interviewing in the Social Sciences. Methods and Techniques.

      This half day workshop is aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, covering a range of topics, including: • Epistemological foundations – what sort of knowledge do we gain from interviews?• Purpose of interviews for your individual projects• The setting and location of interviews• Selection of interviewees- individuals, representatives, roles• Contacting interviewees – protocols, use of contacts, snowballing• Interview techniques – starting the interview, explaining purpose of research; adapting to respondent, follow-up questions, dealing with evasion• Closed and open questions• Framing of questions – direct and indirect, concepts and vocabulary, leading questions, order of questions• Self-representation of yourself and relationship to interviewee• Interpretation of responses – formal coding, hermeneutics, extraction of meaning, context• Keeping records – recording, transcription, interpretive notes• Triangulation with other interviewees; with other sources• Ethic• Useful tricks 12.00 -13.00 Discussion of research topics and interests of participants. 13.00 – 13.30 Buffet lunch 13.30 – 15.00 Elite interviewing, methodology and techniquesProfessor Michael Keating, Director, Centre on Constitutional Change  15.00 – 15.30 Break 15.30 - 16.15 Interviewing civil servants in the UKRichard Parry, Honorary Fellow, Centre on Constitional Change  16.15 – 17.00 Finding your way around BrusselsDr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations 17.00 – 17.30 Dealing with politiciansProfessor Michael Keating Any inquiries should be emailed to

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