This book guides you through the entirety of the research process in International Relations, from selecting a research question and reviewing the literature to field research and writing up. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods in IR, it offers a balanced assessment of the key methodological debates and research methods within the discipline.
Is specifically focussed on research methods used in International Relations.
Spans the entire research process from choosing a research question to writing up.
Provides practical research methods guidance.
Introduces you to broader methodological debates and brings together contemporary research from empirical and interpretive traditions.
Is packed with examples and suggestions for further reading.
Research Methods in International Relations is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking Research Methods courses in International Relations, Politics, Security and Strategic Studies.
Dr. Christopher Lamont is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also co-Chair of Research in Ethics and Globalisation within the Globalisation Studies Groningen institute. He has taught a number of research methods classes in International Relations, including Methodologies in International Relations, Methodologies and Research Practice, Research Methods in History and International Relations and Research Methods for Area Studies. Previously, Dr. Lamont was a RCUK postdoctoral research fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and a Fulbright fellow at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in International Studies from the University of Mississippi. His research interests include human rights and transitional justice, and his current research focuses on transitional justice in the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on Libya and Tunisia. He has published widely on the subject, including his monograph, International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance (Ashgate, 2010), numerous peer reviewed journal articles and contributions to edited volumes.
Introduction Chapter 1: Research Methods in International Relations Chapter 2: Research Questions and Research Design Chapter 3: Research Ethics Chapter 4: Writing a Literature Review Chapter 5: Qualitative Methods in International Relations Chapter 6: Quantitative Methods in International Relations Chapter 7: Mixed Methods in International Relations Chapter 8: Case Study Research in International Relations Chapter 9: Field Research in International Relations Chapter 10: Writing Up Your Research