If you have not noticed it yet, the reoccuring theme in my profile is everything that has to do with surveys. Yes, that's right. I am a political scientist by background converted survey methodologist by choice. At some point I decided that, hey, we have all these interesting substantive research questions, but why am I not able to address them with the data that are out there? And why do those questions I have been using for the past few years give me these odd results? And, hang on, why do I get suspiciously odd results in different countries even though they have asked the same question? Oh and wait, wait, why is the very tiny population I am interested in not represented in the survey? Hmm, this is strange. Is there a way I can contribute to providing answers to these questions and improve some of these issues? Yes, there is. So asking a lot of people a lot of questions has become one of my core research interests over the past decade. Today, I dedicate most of my time to research how we can improve survey data collections. In fact, these days I am more interested in how to improve surveys than in more traditional pol sci questions and that's perfectly ok!
Here are some current projects that I am involved in:
. "The Total Survey Error paradigm and challenges to its application in the Arab World". Working Paper.
Sonila Dardha, Jessica Daikeler, Kathrin Thomas, Bernd Weiss. "Meta Analysis of Gender-of-Interviewer Effects". Working Paper.
. "Sometime I get it right, sometimes I am wrong. I am just doing my civic duty". Working Paper.
"Cognitively Too Challenging for Survey Respondents? Applying Randomized Response Techniques to Estimate the Extent of Academic Misconduct". Working Paper.
. "Education and income effect in non-randomised responde estimates of undeclared employment". Working Paper.
. "Channels of participation: The impact of personality on the affiliation with political participant types in Austria". Working Paper.
. "The Impact of formal question characteristics and fieldwork procedures on design effects". Working Paper.
. "Predicting non-response with auxiliary area and household data". Working Paper.
Oh yeah and last but not least, I have just signed a contract for a wonderful book on "Research Methods in Politics" (who would have thought) with my co-author Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos at the University of Surrey. If only the book was written yet, aye? Or as Fanis says: "Who is crazy enough to write a book on research methods?"