My central methodological competence is ethnographic, participatory research.
The participatory lens is indeed a research ethos for me, it involves taking part in “core practices” of social actors, acquiring and reconstructing expert knowledge, and generally being creative with different sources of data.
Ethnography is a non-standardized research method in the social and cultural sciences, focusing on the collection of data, actors, perspectives, narratives, objects or curiosities. It is a qualitative approach, but because of my problem-centered focus, it also incorporates quantitative methods for exploration. Ethnographic research can be summed up with one imperative: Follow the actors.
In my research, I combine interviews and document analysis with quantitative approaches from the Digital Humanities. The processing of large datasets and networks of digital data serves to enrich the qualitative research. In general, my research is globally embedded, with a focus on Central Europe and Asia, as well as the many digital spaces in between.
Practical examples of my ethnographic research include: