This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative approaches for collecting and analysing social data in socio-ecological systems.

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The course is structured in four main blocks: 

1) methodological steps to implement case studies

2) data collection methods

3) data analysis methods

4) examples of case studies

At a glance

  • Duration2 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£580

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the methodologies used in the scientific literature
  • Design interviews and surveys for addressing specific research goals
  • Select adequate graphs to visualize different types of data
  • Analyse quantitative data through statistical tests and fir regressions
  • Implement case studies that aim to collect and analyse social data in socio-ecological systems

Core content

  • Description of different methodologies used in the scientific literature. Types of variables to answer different research questions
  • Methodological steps to collect social data through interviews and surveys
  • Data entry, data cleaning and treatment of missing values
  • Data analysis:
    • Diverse ways to visualize data
    • Statistical tests for different types of variables
    • Exploratory Factor Analysis (Factor Analysis and Principal Component Analysis)
    • Regression Analysis (Multiple Linear Regression models, Generalized Linear models and Structural Equation models).

Who should attend

Anyone interested in social sciences and natural resources. No prior knowledge or experience of the techniques presented is assumed.


Dr Silvestre Garcia de Jalon

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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