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NEXT Winter School

the 8th Winter School on Research Methodology is postponed until December 2021

Hopefully, we will meet face-to-face in Florence in December 2021, possibly in the first week believing that, for that time, conditions will permit it. 
So, waiting for shaking hands again, please feel free to share opinions, facts, news, research questions, methods and approach in any kind of form you prefer on Instagram through the #WSRMinpandemics

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The Winter School offers PhD candidates and young academics in the fields of urban studies and spatial planning the opportunity to interactively build their learning and training paths in research, with a specific focus on pre-methodological (e.g. how to write and publish an academic article) and methodological (e.g methods of policy analysis, geodesign methodology, engaged research etc.) questions.

The opportunity of individual meetings with faculty members on research projects and papers is offered to participants. Meetings with the editors of international journals, on academic job market and on international research grants will complete the programme.



A network of scholars from a number of Italian universities, engaged with doctoral courses, have voluntarily set up a PhD learning project on research methodology in the field of planning and urban studies.


The school is organized around the following main sections:



Basic questions will be addressed in this section, including: how to write an academic article or a PhD Thesis, and, how to publish in international scientific journals.



Parallel workshop will be offered, addressing topics including: questions related to methods of qualitative and quantitative research and to the re- search-action approach, and, the challenge of working with comparative approaches beyond the stereotyped ‘divides’ that have influenced inter- national research (north/south divide; formal/informal etc.). 



We will address: an overall strategy to integrate the different components of a qualitative study and effectively address the research problem. We will address topics including: questions about what research design is and what it is not, how to make sure all parts are properly in place before “tightening”, and why are you thinking of doing a qualitative study of the topic chosen.



We will address hot topics in the field of planning and urban studies this section. Two leading scholars in the field will give a talk addressing their approaches to the topic and their methodological perspective.



Inspired by “Pint of Science” (an initiative started in 2012 by a group of UK based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers), “Pints of Research” will be offered as an opportunity to meet researches in an interesting, en- gaging and approachable way: a number of Italian scholars are available for "beer-to-beer" meetings over a beer, a glass of wine or a soft drink, with a limited number of PhD candidates and young academics for exchange and tutoring activities.




The Winter School will be held in English and will provide students 

with 4 credits (to be agreed with the sending universities). 

Participants from University of Florence will also be given of an additional certificate of attendance of activities related to the “Complementary Skills”, issued by the IUSAFF (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori dell'Ateneo di Firenze) equivalent to 4 credits (1 credit every 6 hours). 

Participation grants are not available; for organizational reasons, the Winter School cannot provide any form of support (e.g. invitation letters) in order to obtain VISA. 

The fee is 40€ and it is not refundable.

Deadline for applications: 10 December 

They are asked to register on this website.

Please, follow the instructions in the Registration page.


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Complesso le Murate

Via dell'Agnolo, 3

Murate Art District

Piazza delle Murate

Pasquini and Hack rooms

Piazza della Madonna della Neve

Anci room

Via dell'Agnolo 1

Testimonianze Room

via Ghibellina 6

Caffè Letterario

Piazza delle Murate

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