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This master class taught Dora Kostakopoulou by invites PhD students from politics, international relations, sociology, history and law to a discussion on research methodology.

Event details of Research methodology master class for PhD students and early career scholars
29 September 2022
11:00 -12:30
REC A2.15

Based on her book on ‘Institutional constructivism in social sciences and law: frames of mind and patterns of change’ she will present to PhD students ‘the connexio rerum’ model. She discusses the (un)fruitfulness of monist and dualist methodologies and the importance of embracing complexity and multiplicity. Drawing on constructivism, the American pragmatist movement (Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, Charles Horton Cooley, George Herbert Mead) and Alfred North Whitehead’s work she develops a typology, and a theory, of institutional change and, therefore, this master class will appeal to PhD students from politics, international relations, sociology, history and law.

About the speaker

Dora Kostakopoulou is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU and has had Jean Monnet Professorial positions in the United Kingdom. She is Professor of EU Law, European Integration and Public Policy at HIVA, KU Leuven. She has been British Academy, Thank Offering to Britain Fellow (2003-2004) and recipient of an Innovation Award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004-2005).

She is the author of Citizenship, Identity and Immigration in the European Union: Between Past and Future (2001, Manchester University Press), The Future Governance of Citizenship which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (Law in Context Series), Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law: Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change (2018, Cambridge University Press) and European Union Citizenship Law and Policy (2020, Elgar, European Law Series). Her articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Columbia Journal of European Law, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, European Law Journal, European Law Review, Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Studies, European Political Science, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Migration and Law, European Security, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, International Journal of Law in Context and the Journal of Political Philosophy. Further information can be found at:

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Room REC A2.15

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam