Sustainability Research in Economics, Management and Finance

Doing Research and Writing Referee Report for Junior Researchers

Organizer:

Department of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London

Keywords:

  • Economics Research
  • Refereeing Report
  • Junior Researcher

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Canh Thien Dang, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics

Personal Bio:

Dr Canh Thien Dang is a Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London. I am also an academic supervisor at the Institute of Finance and Technology, University College of London, and a chief examiner for the University of London International Programme (Econometrics). Before joining King's, I lectured and conducted research at the London School of Economics as an LSE Fellow in Economics, and at the University of Warwick as a postdoctoral fellow (in Economics). I completed my PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham in 2018.

Workshop Committee Members:

TBC

Date:

February 6, 2023

Venue:

Bush House, Strand Campus, King's College London, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

Description:

Background and Goal

Background:

Doing research and writing referee reports are the two key activities of academics. To foster a research-led environment for economics, business, and management students in the London-based universities, I would like to organize a workshop offering the attendants key insights into doing research and being an effective evaluator of academic research. The workshop is aim to equip junior researchers with key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to start their journey as a researcher and referee in the field. The workshop will be used as a platform for students and junior researchers to discuss good practices and ideas in their research activities. Following the workshop, attendants are encouraged to start exploring their research topics and collaborating with others.

Goal:

Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate courses at universities are often neglecting on the research-led activities. The key objective I would like to achieve is to create some incentives and an opportunity for students to further engage in research and start building a culture in which students are excited and engaged in research activities at their appropriate levels. According to a King's Learning Institute (KLI) survey, 34% of King's students plan to do some research activities during their study, but only 8% of undergraduate students have had a chance to work with academic staff on a research project. Not only the lack of research experience, but also the lack of opportunity and properly incentivised environment, are perhaps the reasons for the little involvement of students, particularly at the undergraduate and MSc level. The KLI survey also highlights the need to develop students' research activity through conferences and publications to encourage students to realise and engage in research activities. Together with some financial support from the KBS and from Eliwise Academy, I am grateful to be able to create a platform and forum to stimulate a research environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students from London-based universities. The workshop will introduce to junior researchers and students new perspectives about doing research and being an academic referee, as well as sharing practical tips and experience from their peers in doing economics and management research.

Scope and Information for participants

The workshop will address two themes:

(1) how to start doing research in economics, management, business, and finance;

(2) how to critically evaluate a research paper and write a referee report effectively. These two activities are intended to motivate and introduce to junior researchers and pre-doctoral students what academic research in economics and management involves, and potentially incentivizes students to further study and work on research. I will invite several contributors who are junior researchers from London-based universities (such as PhD students or MPhil students from LSE, UCL, KCL) to speak about their research experience: what are their journeys, the challenges that they face, and the rewarding experiences that they have. I will also contribute to the workshop with two sessions on how to start a research project and how to write an effective evaluation of academic paper for pre-doctoral students.

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