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    DSH - Expert interviews in the Social Sciences

    Wednesday, 8 May, 2019 - 10:00
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus

    Name of lecturer: Prof dr Leo Van Audenhove

    Short bio: Leo Van Audenhove is professor at the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He lectures International Communication, Policy Analysis, and Globalisation and the Information Society. He is senior researcher at the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication a research institute wich forms part of the Interdisciplinary Institute on Broadband Technologies of the Flemish Community. Between 2001 and 2004 he worked parttime as a researcher/advisor at TNO-STB in Delft, the Netherlands. His main areas of interest are international media and communication, the information society and ICT policies, the political economy of Internet media and Internet governance. He has published in international journals such as Third World Quarterly, International Review on Education, Communicatio, Political Communication, Journal of Media Business Studies, Gazette, etc. and has co-authored two books on the digital divide. Leo—together with Luciano Morganti and Tom Lipinski—holds a Jean Monnet Module on European Information Society Policy in a Global Context at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

    Short description:

    This seminar (based on a combination of lecture and Q&A) focusses on the use of expert interviews in the humanities and social sciences. Although expert interviews are often used, there is little methodological work setting them apart of other interview techniques. This seminar discusses possible uses of expert interviews, discusses the value of insights and information required, and provides guidelines on how to conduct them in a proper way.


    Insight in qualitative methodology


    • Methodological place of expert interviews
    • What are experts and what is expert knowledge?
    • What information can be obtained and what value does the information have?
    • How to conduct an expert interview in practice?
    • How to code and use?
    • How to handle confidential information?


    Study material: The study material will be a set of slides.

    Date: 8 May 2019, 10:00-13:00

    Location: Room will be communicated after registration

    Language(s) used in seminar: English

    Maximum number of participants: 30

    Credits for participation: 1 credit

    !! Attention: Participation in this training will NOT automatically appear in your online PhD portfolio, fill out this form and let it sign by the instructor as proof of participation.

    Registration: FULL

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral.schools@vub.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
    No Show Policy: https://student.vub.be/sites/vub/files/no_show_policy_may2017.pdf