Critical Statistics

Seeing Beyond the Headlines

  • Wed 10 Nov 21

    13:00 - 14:15

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Robert De Vries

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Methods Webinars

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Neli Demireva

Join the Department of Sociology for an insightful methods webinar with Dr Robert De Vries on Critical Statistics.


Dr Robert De Vries is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research and also part of Kent's Q-Step Centre. He received his PhD in Medical Sociology from Imperial College London in 2012 and subsequently pursued a post-doctoral sociology fellowship at the University of Oxford. 

Critical Statistics was awarded the 2019 Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. This accessible and entertaining new textbook provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the barrage of numbers encountered in their everyday lives and studies. Almost all the statistics in the news, on social media or in scientific reports are based on just a few core concepts, including measurement (ensuring we count the right thing), causation (determining whether one thing causes another) and sampling (using just a few people to understand a whole population). By explaining these concepts in plain language, without complex mathematics, this book prepares students to meet the statistical world head on and to begin their own quantitative research projects. Ideal for students facing statistical research for the first time, or for anyone interested in understanding more about the numbers in the news, this textbook helps students to see beyond the headlines and behind the numbers.

This online webinar is part of an open methods webinar series, hosted by the Department of Sociology, to find out more visit the Department of Sociology and follow us on Facebook.

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