Laura Scheinert

Advanced Quantitative Methods

PhD Researcher in Advanced Quantitative Methods (ESRC +3)
College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2018

Research topic: Training judges in refugee status determination

My PhD investigates the training of judges who work in refugee status determination (RSD). The project will implement a comparative mixed methods approach. The purpose is to arrive at a well-rounded picture of RSD training availability, contents, participants, and perceptions, in different jurisdictions (e.g., England, Germany). I will combine quantitative and qualitative methods, to both trace the concepts conveyed through training (text mining), and to capture relevant individuals’ views and experiences of training (observation, interviews/ focus groups). The novelty in the proposed approach lies in making a new field fruitful for text mining and mixed methods analysis.

Research supervisors: Professor Nick Gill , Dr Emma Tonkin , Dr Ana Beduschi