‘Analyzing Quantitative Data on Indian Politics’

Lokniti-Programme for Comparative Democracy, CSDS, in collaboration with Jain University, Bengaluru, invites applications for Summer Workshop on ‘Analyzing Quantitative Data on Indian Politics’ to be held in Bengaluru between 7-18 July 2014.

This is the eighth Summer School being organized by Lokniti-CSDS. Some of the leading scholars working on empirical methods in Political Science have been involved in designing this summer school. In this Summer School there will be a special emphasis on making sense of quantitative data on Indian politics. We plan to bring together a group of political scientists with the aim of providing them an opportunity to improve their skills in quantitative analysis. The selected participants will be given a set of readings before they come to attend the workshop and will be expected to attend lectures and practical data analysis sessions. Pradeep Chhibber (University of California at Berkeley) Irfan Nooruddin (Ohio State University) and Siddharth Swaminathan (R.K.Hegde Chair, Institute for Social and Economic Change) will be the main resource persons for the workshop while other resource persons will include Suhas Palshikar (University of Pune), Sandeep Shastri (Jain University), Sanjay Kumar (CSDS), Reetika Syal (Jain University) Rahul Verma (Lokniti) and Jyoti Mishra (Lokniti).

We invite the following categories of candidates to apply for this workshop (preference will be given to young researchers):

a.  Teachers of Political Science in colleges and Universities who are working on empirical subjects and would benefit from further training.
b.  Research students of Political Science who are working on empirical themes for their M. Phil. or Ph.D. dissertations and can benefit from further   training.
c. Any other person (including those from outside Political Science and outside academia) who are interested in making sense of politics by analyzing quantitative data.

Please send your detailed CV with a statement of research interest (those already registered for M. Phil. or Ph.D. should clearly mention the topic of dissertation along with a brief summary of the objectives and methodologies used) in about 500 words. Applicants should access the questionnaire used for the National Election Study 2004 (Click here for the questionnaire) and write a 500 word note on a research question that interests them; based on this questionnaire. Selection for the workshop will be made on the basis of these two write-ups submitted by the candidates.

Please note that this is a full time residential training course and candidates admitted to the workshop are expected to stay at the Institute and engage in full time work on all days during this period.

Apart from taking care of the accommodation and food for all the participants for the entire duration of the workshop, participants will be reimbursed their travel expenses from their place of residence to Bengaluru and back (Train AC III or its equivalent).

The last date for receiving the application closed on 27 April 2014.