PhD students within the School of Built Environment
and Development Studies (BEDS) at a research
workshop.

A workshop for School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) PhD students was held over three weeks on the Howard College campus recently.

It was facilitated by Professor Dianne Scott, Honorary Research Fellow in Development Studies within BEDS.

‘The purpose of the workshop was to prepare and support PhD students across the School in writing their proposals; to provide an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their work together; and to facilitate an integrating mechanism to encourage dialogue across the disciplines in the School at a post-graduate level,’ explained Scott.

All PhD students in the School whether in the phase of writing up proposals or in the data collection and write-up stage, were encouraged to participate. 

PhD students from as far afield as Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Johannesburg attended the intensive programme as well as current students from the disciplines of Development Studies, Population Studies and Planning.

Students were asked to read and reflect on material provided for discussion in the workshop and also presented their topics and research questions to staff and fellow students in a day-long “mini-conference”.

‘Current PhD students nearing completion and scholars from the School who have just completed their PhDs also contributed to the workshop by sharing their experiences of the PhD research process,’ said Scott.

‘Short introductory sessions on the EndNote bibliographic programme, INvivo (a qualitative analysis tool) and STATA (a quantitative analysis tool), were included.’ 

The workshop was funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Economic Development held by Professor Dori Posel.