Comparative Research Methods

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. (CDT)/5:00 p.m. (CEST)

Session Overview

Research methodology is a process by which we gain knowledge of a particular area of the world that we find of interest and importance. This process involves “rules” and “procedures” that allow us, as researchers, to systematically collect data to better understand a new universe for the first time, or an old universe from a new perspective. Four researchers will introduce ICRPS Fellows to research methods that encompass various levels of the quantitative/qualitative spectrum and thereby be better able to address rural policy issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Problem Definition
  • Data
  • How to ask the right questions
  • Write-up


  • Robert Zabawa, Tuskegee University, USA
  • Timo Aarrevaara, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Ryan Gibson, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Tomas Russell, University College Dublin, Ireland