November 7-10, 2017 COORP brought together 25 committed researchers to work on research design, methodology and academic writing with the support of PERFORM.
With the aim of enhancing research capacities in social sciences in Albania through greater rigour in research and particularly innovative methodologies, COORP organised a tailor-made workshop targeted to young and mid-career researchers from Albania and Kosovo.
The workshop was geared towards providing the skills and knowledge required to design research that can be published in high impact journals, be considered for research grants, and policy decision-making processes.
Two experts from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Dr Shandana Khan Mohmand and Dr Miguel Loureiro, led the training where they worked very closely with the researchers providing guidance and suggestions to their individual research proposals. Through presentations and group discussions participants defined what it means to engage in the research process with a critical imagination, and identify the different components of a design-led research study.
Dr Belina Bedini, Head of International Relations and Project Office of the University Aleksandër Moisiu in Durrës said that the workshop was really innovative and useful.
“Personally, I think that all scientific researchers in Albania need to attend such events where they learn, discuss new methods and create links with different researchers for other scientific research projects. The departments and scientific institutes in our country have some limitations in the debate on scientific research, as various scientific papers are only discussed in formal sessions of scientific conferences where time is limited. Meanwhile, in western countries, researchers share their work in periodic discussions.”
Dr Shandana Khan Mohmand highlighted that COORP is a good platform to bring researchers together despite differences:
“Researchers need to find ways and platforms to come together across party lines or politics and universities should work together along thematic areas and facilitate cooperation and networking as well as support researchers’ professional development. The only interest should be the quality and rigour of research to strengthen the entire higher education sector”.