Empirical research is seeking through methodological processes to discover, hopefully, nontrivial facts and insights. Beside choosing a topic and grounding an idea in theory, empirical research consists of gathering and analysing data as well as presenting results in scientific contexts in order to contribute new issues to the body of acquired knowledge – not only to someone‘s own but also to that of others.

Our workshop tackles these steps of http://your research project:

  • Gathering data via (un)structured interviews and analysing standardized survey data and
  • using the computer for qualitative data analysis and as a tool for statistics.

These steps will strengthen the cooperation in empirical research to boost and streamline ones project.

We are planning a 9th International Research Workshop that will again take place at the Akademie Sankelmark (near Flensburg) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – Department of Border Region Studies. The workshop is scheduled for 27 September – 2 October 2015. The workshop programme will be published as soon as it is available around March/April 2015. You are welcome to register for the Newsletter to get updated information on the International Research Workshop and other Ph.D. related activities.


Simon Fietze (University of Southern Denmark/Department of Border Region Studies),

Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Institute for Employment Relations and Labour), and

Heiko Stüber (Institute for Employment Research)