Qualitative Method To Analyse Flood Risk Governance – Maria Kauffman (Radboud University)

Students batch 2015 is having research methodology course this semester. Today guest lecturer gave the students more understanding about the implementation of the qualitative method using an example of flood research in Europe. Dr. Maria Kaufmann as a speaker of this Tuesday event suggested the students develop case study comparison, for instance comparing the case in Surabaya with Jakarta.

Qualitative analysis of research is about wise and something that can be sensed by us. It is an important method to figure out the problem and we can use some theories approach to delve it. In addition, we can use the deductive or inductive method in qualitative research.

Exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory are the types of case studies while the case selection types are the intrinsic case, typical case, the extreme case, critical case, maximum variation, and minimal variation. Dr. Maria emphasized the differences between it and explained how should it be used. This lecturer from Radboud University delivered case study design, flood risk governance in the Netherlands such as in Nijmegen which developed “room for the river”, in Westergrouwe about “water assessment”, and in Dordrecht with its “multi-layered safety”. The students got the example of qualitative research question, for example focusing on why, how, when, and who.

Many tips have been given to the students in order to easier for them to do qualitative research. The students were recommended by this Germany-born lecturer to actively search knowledge and make a network with intended to be ready to deal with the final assignment. Moreover, tips such as write down everything carefully, data and method triangulation, and broaden the theory also did not forget to mention.

Furthermore, she also shared her experiences in order to give an overview of student’s life in her university. It encourages ITS students to motivate themselves in the way of doing their final assignment.