Research Design and Methodology

The project methodology is built on an interpretative perspective in line with the stated objectives. Likewise, we will try to get from the informed interpreters (the specialized local academic community) the particular meanings of discourses and practices used in the reference communities. We propose the use of such opportunities from the global digital environment by building a website to which the researchers worldwide are called to participate. This would allow the construction of a forum, which we hope will to continue to have effects, given the project’s objectives, after its finalization, because they are related to the very foundations of the social research.

From this point of view we propose the use of a less widely used methods by building a multistage survey with questions that are generated from one stage to another, using the received responses.

In this research, we suggest several case studies, with an emphasis on the post-Communist world, MENA and the post-colonial societies. The documentation and the interviews based on weak and semi-structured guidelines are the main techniques that we will use.  

An important part of the project would be the interaction with the transnational academic community, by the means of organizing online conferences and workshops. During these events, we intend to present and debate the conclusions reached during the basic research.

The risks we might face include: the interaction with an insufficient number of relevant researchers, using the informatics network which we are building; problems with the mechanism for the self-generation of the planned survey, the lack of answers or evasive ones during interviews. We must add that, since our research is based on qualitative premises, the risks are acceptable, since we do not aim at a precise measurement of opinion`s reach, but we tend towards the opening to perspectives and conceptions considered to be peripheral.