We believe that good research is generative, reflective and collaborative. But how to get started? Below, our network members  share practical advice on everything from writing winning grant proposals, to the art of interviewing, and the challenges and opportunities around researching parliaments. As our Parliaments and People (P4P) Grant recipients progress with their own projects, they will also share their own experiences, reflections and tips on how to succeed a a researcher. As the work of the network progresses it is intended that this resource will develop through the creative interaction of academics, artists, activists and practitioners.

International Networks


Writing Grant Applications

emma crewe | soas university of london

We have been supporting scholars in Myanmar and Ethiopia by awarded grants for research on parliaments. As our funding has been disbursed, we are keen to offer advice about seeking funds from other grant-makers. Here are some tips about writing a decent grant application based on our experience of both applying for and awarding funding.

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International Networks


International Networks for Research on Parliaments

Cristina Leston Bandeira | University of Leeds

 
Whilst parliaments have been the focus of very considerable research in some countries for decades, such as in the United States, this is still a relatively under-developed research area within politics. Many reasons explain this, but the main one is related to access to information and data.

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Interviewing


The Art of Interviewing

Professor Emma Crewe | SOAS

Studying politicians presents specific amplified challenges for researchers – even more than most people they are short of time, under pressure to paint themselves in glowing colours and keeping all kinds of secrets. Shadowing them or participating in their work is often difficult so many researchers have to depend on interviewing. Here are some ideas for how to interview people working in politics.

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