The IntUne Project is organising a Winter School on “Multilevel Modelling in Political Science”, which will be held at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona from 12th to 14th January 2009.
The IntUne Project (“ Integrated and United? A Quest for Citizenship in and Ever Closer Europe”) is an Integrated Project on Citizenship and is financed by the European Union within the scope of the 6th Framework Programme, under Priority 7 Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society. The major aim of the IntUne project is to study the changes in the scope, nature and characteristics of citizenship presently underway as an effect of the process of deepening and enlargement of the European Union.
This is the second Winter School funded by IntUne, after the successful edition on “Elites, Experts and Mass Interview” held in January 2007 at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). To read more about the background of the project and future plans, please explore our website: www.IntUne.it.
The Winter School “Multilevel Modelling in Political Science” wants to offer a practical introduction to issues related to Multilevel Modelling, an increasingly used family of techniques whose application can be quite diverse and complex. For this reason, the Winter School would like to cover, in practical and problem-solving ways, several issues that are relevant when using these techniques, such as OLS and Multilevel models; Interaction, lack of degrees of freedom, time and space in HLM; HLM in nonlinear models; and the available software programmes. At the same time, the school aims to socialize and motivate young researchers to work together in an interdisciplinary environment, paying attention to both the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the work in these fields.
The Winter School will assume participants have a working knowledge of OLS and its assumptions and are familiar with non linear models (probit, logit, tobit, etc.).
11th January 2009
Afternoon: Arrival and registration of the participants.
12th January 2009
Morning: Review of OLS regression analysis; interaction terms in regression.
Afternoon: The limits of regression analysis in the presence of multilevel data; Overview of the HLM; fixed versus random effects; cross-level Interactions.
13th January 2009
Morning: Variance components, residuals, and degrees of freedom. Hierarchical versus cross-classified designs.
Afternoon: Bringing in spatial and temporal dependencies.
14th January 2009
Morning: Non-linear multilevel models. Software issues.
Each topic will start with a lecture and then a demonstration using the IntUne data-sets.
Prof.Marco Steenbergen (University of Berne)
Prof.Robert Franzese (University of Michigan)
PhD Eduard Bonet (University Pompeu Fabra)
PhD Cristiano Vezzoni (University of Milan)
VENUE and COSTS
The winter school is hosted by the Department of Political Science, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
Tuition and accommodation costs will be covered for all participants.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 250€ for the IntUne researchers only, while the external participants will have to provide for their own travel expenses.
The winter school is intended for PhD students and young scholars interested in multilevel modelling family of techniques. The school will be limited to 30 participants: 20 participants from the IntUne Consortium and 10 participants that are not involved in the IntUne research, but interested in the topic of the school.
The application should include a Curriculum Vitae, a brief motivation letter, one reference letter directly sent by referees and the compiled application form (you may download the application form from the website of the IntUne Project www.IntUne.it).
Please submit applications by email to Angela Movileanu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission is 15 November 2008.
The successful applicants will be notified by 15 December 2008.
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