Past Workshops

Conceptual Workshops

Conceptual Workshop WP 2: ‘Comparing and analyzing regional powers’


Date: 26 – 30 January 2015

The first PRIMO conceptual workshop took place at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The workshop provided Early Stage Researchers and Experienced Researchers a space to discuss recent conceptual developments in the field of Emerging Powers and Global Governance. The workshop that brought together in Lisbon experts from all the hemispheres, featured presentations and discussions around overarching, constructing and indigenous concepts necessary to understand regionalism and globalization.

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Conceptual Workshop WP 4: ‘Regional powers and EU foreign policy’


Date: 27 April – 01 May 2015

The second PRIMO conceptual workshop took place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi from 27 April to 1 May. While the temperatures outside approached 40 degrees, inside the Rembrandt Room of the Center for European Studies, School of International Studies, PRIMO ESRs and local students learned and discussed about regional powers and EU foreign policy during the five day workshop led by Prof. Ummu Salma Bava.

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Workshop on Regional Powers and EU Foreign Policy – Programme

Conceptual Workshop WP 3: ‘Regional powers between regional and international politics’


Date: 1 – 5 June 2015

The Third PRIMO conceptual workshop took place at School of International Relations and Public Affairs at FUDAN University (FUDAN) in Shanghai, P. R. China, from 01 to 05 June. During the five day workshop,  PRIMO ESRs and ERs, local students and fellow academics learned and discussed about Chinese and contested views on IR and (re-) emerging powers; regional or global.

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Methods Workshops

Methods Workshop: ‘Qualitative comparative analysis of regional powers’


Date: 12 – 18 April 2015

The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) hosted, from April 12th to April 18th, the PRIMO Method Workshop on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The workshop is part of a series of training activities promoted by the PRIMO program and offered an encompassing overview on QCA as an important tool to the study of regional powers and international order…

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Programme_ GIGA Workshop

Methods Workshop: ‘The role of quantitative data in qualitative research designs on regional powers’


Date: 20 – 24 April 2015

From Monday the 20th of April 2015 to Friday the 24th of April 2015 a PRIMO Method Training Workshop took place at the Faculty of Economics, Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. The workshop was dedicated to the role of quantitative data in qualitative research designs, in order to provide a better insight into possible quantitative research questions, methods and datasets for the mostly qualitative oriented PRIMO network. The method training was combined with the International Economic Symposium 2015 of the SPbU, which on Friday the 24th of April contributed  its 5th session to the PRIMO topic: ‘Emerging Powers in the Global Economy: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches’.

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Programme Workshop SPSU

Methods Workshop: ‘Interview techniques, fieldwork research, and regional power studies’


Date: 11 – 15 May 2015

Does the discipline of International Relations (IR) truly reflect the global society we live in today? Stanley Hoffmann famously described IR as an “American social science.” Is that still the case, or can we speak of a “global” IR today? If so, how can we study it? […]

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How to Study Global IR_Oxford Workshop_Programme

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Methods Workshop: ‘Network analysis and regional power studies’


Date: 15 – 19 June 2015

From June 15th to 19th, Middle East Technical University (METU) at Ankara hosted the PRIMO method training workshop with the theme of applying social network analysis (SNA) to the study of international politics. The event was organized by Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Center for European Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, and was jointly held with the 14th METU IR Conference from June 17th […]

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METU PRIMO Method Workshop Programme

Methods Workshop: ‘Discourse analysis, content analysis, and regional power studies’


Date: 22 – 26 June 2015

The International Relations Institute (IRI) of  PUC Rio University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the PRIMO method training workshop ‘Discourse Analysis, Content Analysis and Regional Power Studies’ from 22 to 26 June 2015. The workshop was designed for the PRIMO early stage researchers and PUC Rio master students studying on-going political controversies and whose research demands in-depth interpretation of oral and written data […]

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Methods Workshop: Case Studies, Process Tracing and Regional Power Studies


Date: 13 – 17 July 2015

From abstract reasoning on causal processes and their inherent structure (independent and dependent variables, sufficient and necessary conditions etc.) to practical exercises on how to apply process tracing in quantitative and qualitative research settings, the PRIMO fellows were exposed to training in state of the art methods of process tracing. Dr. Jörg Meyer (University of Hamburg) highlighted the challenges of causality models in the social sciences and emphasized the value of process tracing that focuses on the explanation of causal mechanisms in specific case studies (without the aim of generalization) […]

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Methods Workshop: How to practice global IR?

Host: SPSU; St. Petersburg

Date: 26 – 28 June 2017

After​ ​six​ ​method​ ​workshops​ ​since​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Marie Curie doctoral training programme,​ ​the final PRIMO​ ​workshop brought a practical reflection on how to build an inclusive perspective on international politics, specifically on analytical and methodological tools for research on rising powers and conducting field research in rising powers. The workshop was held at Saint Petersburg State University at the Department of World Economy, between 26th and 28th June 2017. […]

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PRIMO Workshop Programme Saint Petersburg

Transferable Skills Workshops

PRIMO Transferable Skills Workshop


Date: 23 May – 3 June 2016

It was a great respite for me to escape the Delhi summer heat and reach Hamburg to attend the PRIMO programme on ‘Transferable Skills’, conducted by our host and coordinator, University of Hamburg (UHAM). The workshop was long and productive, lasting from 24th May to 3rd June of 2016. Initial 8 days of the workshop were designed for all ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) and the last 2 days were for newly joined ESRs. It was very well designed, having inputs with an academic orientation and skills development programs to bridge the academic and non-academic world. […]

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Workshop programme transferable skills

PRIMO Transferable Skills Workshop


Date: 27 – 28 September 2016

At the end of September, PRIMO fellows descended upon Oxford University from far and wide to attend our annual conference and outreach event at the Department of Politics and International Relations. The first two days at the department featured sessions on practical issues  — working in the private sector, lead by our partners at JLR (with thanks to Stuart Jackson); talks on academic publishing and dissemination via social media from Nuffield College’s Professor Ben Ansell and John Louth, an Editor-in-Chief at the Oxford University Press; and finally insight from scholar and diplomat Nigel Gould-Davis on the intersection between academia and policy. […]

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