NIKOS 15 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
(fs)QCA as a research method in social sciences
Prof. Benoît Rihoux, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium
13.45 – 15.30
ENSCHEDE, University of Twente, Waaier 3 or 4
About the speaker
Benoît Rihoux is Professor of Centre de science politique et de politique comparée (CESPOL) at the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. He plays a leading role in the development and dissemination of innovative comparative methods, applicable to many fields and research disciplines. He has taught comparative methods in numerous institutions across Europe, North America and Japan. Besides the co-ordination of the COMPASSS international network, he also steers broader initiatives around methodology, as Academic Convenor of the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques and as Editor of the ECPR research methods book series (Palgrave). Together with Charles Ragin he wrote the book Configurational Comparative Methods. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques (2008), Palgrave, which provides a good introduction on (fs/)QCA as a research method.
He is involved in numerous research projects, often in an interdisciplinary way, around his own topics of specialization (political parties, social movements, organizational change) as well as around other themes which can be better comprehended through systematic comparison: crises, community conflicts, national and European policies, organizational innovation, environmental risks, natural resource management, policy evaluation, benchmarking.