Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations
Andrea Rossi, Harvard University
27 – 31 July (one week course / 35 hrs)
Andrea Rossi is the former Director of the Harvard Measurement and Human Rights Programme at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (USA) and currently the Regional Social and Economic Policy Adviser for UNICEF in South Asia, based in Kathmandu (Nepal). Previously he was a United Nations Officer in New York and a Research Coordinator at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Center. He is an economist with a particular focus on development and applied research. He coordinated research projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as developing specific research methodologies on children’s issues. He has previously worked for the International Labour Organization in the East Africa Area Office, Tanzania. His main areas of interest are applied research methodology; combining qualitative and quantitative methods; applied microeconometric; and participatory approaches. He has conducted research on child labour and child trafficking, prostitution, illegal migrants, homeless, refugees and displaced people.
- The course provides an introduction to research methods in conducting research, both qualitative and quantitative, with marginal and hidden populations, such as children, migrants, sex workers, homeless, victim’s conflicts or trafficking, HIV/AIDS, drug addicted, refugees and displaced people. The course introduces the main theories and approaches on hidden and marginal populations, using different frameworks and techniques. Focusing on action-oriented research, the course explores topics such as estimation and sampling challenges, participatory research, the use of qualitative and quantitative methods, and ethical considerations arising when conducting this type of research.
- The course aims to enable participants to undertake empirical research with marginal and hidden populations, and seeks to encourage participants to develop methodological strategies for the collection and analysis of such data. This entails using several data-gathering and analytic strategies, and knowing the ethical considerations to be taken into account.
- Basic knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and design. An interest in the topic and some practical research experience, or an acquaintance with applied research, would be helpful.