The transformational nature of today’s politics demand multiple methods, including qualitative methods, to better understand the complex interactions of social, political, and economic forces. Our goals for GPEP-Q are twofold: first, to give graduate students access to senior scholars with experience and expertise using the tools of qualitative inquiry, and second, to establish a network of scholars advancing qualitative research in the field of political economy. We aim to help students approach and present qualitative research in a rigorous, generalizable, and parsimonious manner for triangulating evidence, studying both ongoing and rare events, illustrating complex causal processes, and identifying new research questions.
In April 2021, the Global Political Economy Project (GPEP) will host a graduate student workshop on qualitative research in political economy. We seek social science research papers by doctoral students that use qualitative methods to explore topics in international and/or comparative political economy. Qualifying projects may adopt any qualitative research method (including, but not limited to, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, archival and historical approaches, and process tracing) in ways that substantially contribute to scholars’ understanding of political economy. More information and the application link can be found in the Call for Papers.