Masterclass on Writing a quantitative research paper

Masterclass on Writing a quantitative research paper

Writing papers is an important aspect of academic life. But it is fraught with difficulty. I am hoping that in this masterclass, I can provide an introduction to the broad conventions and practices underpinning empirical quantitative research in social sciences, with a focus on demography. I will also be providing some good practices to cultivate, and some bad practices to avoid.  While there is remarkable variability in the conventions across disciplines, publishers, audiences and research designs, most (good) research papers broadly have the same structure, which I will try to highlight. At the end of the class, students should come out with a step-by-step guide on writing a quantitative social science paper.

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Bernard Baffour is a senior lecturer at the School of Demography at the Australian National University. Previously he worked at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland in Australia as a research fellow in social statistics where he where he contributed to consultancy projects and provided methodological support to a wide range of social scientists. He completed his PhD in social statistics from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, where he investigated the statistical properties of triple system capture-recapture estimators in population censuses, and subsequently undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) in medical statistics and operational research. His research interests cover survey research methods and official statistics, and applying statistical methods to better understand demographic processes.

Date & time

Thu 20 Aug 2020, 2–3.30pm


Presented online via Zoom


Dr Bernard Baffour, School of Demography, Australian National University


Louise Sims


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