GIGA Training Programm Winter Term 2023 – Course: Research Design and Strategy

Date and time: 1 Nov, 10 am – 5 pm and 2 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm
Place: GIGA, in person
Target group: Doctoral Researchers
Language: English

Description: This course will introduce the students to the main steps of research design in social sciences, from the formulation of the research question to case selection and choice of methods. It explores how to identify the empirical phenomenon of interest, how to do a systematic literature review, what makes for a good research question, how to elaborate testable hypotheses and advance theory, and ways to justify the choice of cases and methods. The course will draw on relevant literature, provide concrete examples, and offer room for discussion throughout its various sessions. On the second day, there will be time reserved for students to present and discuss their own research.

About the lecturer: Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her research interests comprise democratization, popular protest, constituency service, political institutions, elections, political parties and party systems, with a focus on Africa.

*Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on our website.
Registration deadline: Thursday, 17 October 2023
Confirmations of successful registration will only be sent after the deadline has passed.
For questions, please contact Alejandra Calderon at

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