The Project also aims to build research capacity in Turkey and further methodological skills and career development.

Training on Qualitative Methods, University of Birmingham, 9 – 12 April 2019

We visited University of Birmingham to participate at a workshop on methods at the Institute for Local Government Studies (INLOGOV). This event provided advanced training in skills for qualitative research. The three-day event included Qualitative Approaches Workshop, Methods Café over Lunch, a seminar on Research Grant Opportunities available for Turkish scholars, a roundtable on Turkish Politics and a one-day NVivo Training for Qualitative Data Analysis. This was an excellent visit in terms of gaining new skills and knowledge in qualitative research methods, learning about research funds in the UK available for Turkish academics, sharing our expertise in Turkish politics, meeting with colleagues from the UK and start thinking about future research projects and opportunities for collaboration.

National Centre for Research Methods, Interpretive Political Science, University of Southampton, 20 -22 May 2019

As part of the training component of this fellowship, I also visited the University of Southampton in May 20-22 to attend Interpretive Political Science course organised by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). This was a three-day training in interpretive policy analysis which is an important part of our conceptual framework in this research project. I had the opportunity to access this excellent training by some of the big names in this field including Rod Rhodes, Jack Corbett, John Boswell and Tamara Metze- Burghouts. The training program consisted of lectures and individual sessions. The individual sessions provided the participants with the opportunity to share their research experience and I was able to learn from other early-career researchers and PhD students. Rod Rhodes also gave us a lecture on “Craft of Writing” which was very stimulating and useful. For more information click