Saturday, 19 May 2018 18:00
Saturday, 19 May 2018 19:00
Once you have identified your research problem statement, developed a Doctoral Thesis Proposal and worked through the intended structure of your thesis, it’s time to consider the formulation of your Research Questions. Are they quantitatively, qualitatively or mixed-method focused? This will have a direct impact on the way you undertake your thesis.
Research questions need to relate to the problem statement and be based around the research method selected. This allows the doctoral candidate to explore the problem through, for example, a central one-ended question and associated sub-questions for qualitative, or central question/s and hypothesis for quantitative. This aids the clarity of articulating the relationship between the problem statement, research question and outcome or expectations.
This presentation aims at introducing the basic principles of Formulating Research Questions, and it can be applied generally to both quantitative and qualitative studies. However, in this presentation there is some particular focus on qualitative research.
Dr. Ana Faria
Ana has been joining the DoctorateHub at the very early stage back in 2017 and is heading the DoctorateHub office.
Ana holds a PhD from the Engineering and Innovation Department at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University UK, that has been awarded for her thesis on “The role of behaviour in the transition to more energy efficient use at home”. Her research combined positivist and constructivist paradigms, so to allow for both: statistically analyse the data, whilst also allowing for an exploration of the complex set of variables that influence human behaviour. With this her research used a mixed, multi-method research methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative research procedures. Quantitative research aimed to gain insight and identify issues for the subsequent qualitative phases of the empirical work, while the qualitative research aims to explore attitudes, behaviour and experiences through such methods as interviews or focus groups.
In addition to this Ana received a degree in Economics from the Universidade do Minho (PT), a degree in International Management from the RSM Erasmus University (NL), and a Master in Business Administration in International Industrial Management from the Esslingen University of Applied Science (DE), a MBA program that had been developed to cater the needs of international senior staff from local enterprises such Behr, Bosch, Daimler, Festo, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kärcher, Porsche or Siemens.
Ana has over a decade work experience as a Project Manager, Business Developer and Management Controller in the field of the Rational Use of Energy, Sustainability, and Smart Cities. Ana has been responsible for the coordination and management of European Funds, or the development of strategic action plans for local municipalities, such as the SEAP (Strategic Action Plan) under the Covenant of Mayors Initiative. As a member of the Finance Group of the European initiative Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform she also improved her experience in the identification, adaptation and implementation of alternative financing models and sustainability models related to smart cities.