Preconference course - July, 2 2014

For the fourth time, the conference will offer a day-long pre-conference course to introduce participants – from doctoral students to more seasoned researchers – to interpretive policy analysis. In the morning session Dvora Yanow will offer an overview of interpretive methodologies and methods. In the afternoon, participants can choose one of three parallel, more ‘how-to’ sessions:

  • designing interpretive research projects
  • frame/framing analysis, and
  • policy ethnography/participant observation

The afternoon sessions are intended to be more interactive seminar than lecture; participants are invited to bring their questions to the discussion. (It is not designed, however, for participants to present their work; for that, please see the Methodology Workshops in the regular conference program.)

Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment will be limited to 50 participant. Please register early!

We are happy to announce that we have reached the minimum number of participants. We like to confirm that the preconference course will take place on Wednesday July 2, 2014


Frame analysis
Noelle Aarts, Strategic Communication, Wageningen University
Art Dewulf, Public Administration and Policy, Wageningen University

Policy ethnography/participant observation
Martijn Koster, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
Merlijn van Hulst, School of Politics and Public Administration, Tilburg University

Designing interpretive research projects
Michael Orsini, School of Political Studies; Chair, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
Dvora Yanow, Management School, Keele University; Communication, Philosophy & Technology, Wageningen University

Tentative schedule

Time Lecturer Sessions
9.30-12.00 (with a coffee/tea break) Dvora Yanow Introduction to Interpretive Methodology and Conceptual Overview of Methods
Lunch 12.00-13.30
13.30-17.00 (with a coffee/tea break) Noelle Aarts
Art Dewulf
Frame analysis Parallel Sessions
Martijn Koster
Merlijn van Hulst
Policy ethnography/participant-observation
Michael Orsini
Dvora Yanow
Designing interpretive research projects