Applied Methodology

CMM24 Core Course 6 ECTS
Period 3 weeks 04.01.2021 - 22.01.2021
Instructor Dr. Veronica Méndez Aragón, Dr. Catherine Chambers & Dr. Matthias Kokorsch


The course provides students with understanding, skills and competence in research design, statistics, qualitative methodology and research ethics. Topics in the quantitative section include: logical components of research projects; sampling and sampling design; and interpretation of statistics in technical/scientific texts. Topics in the qualitative section include: designing a  research project using qualitative methods; as well as qualitative data collection, processing and interpretation. Special emphasis will be placed on mixing qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as writing technical  texts for the students own project (thesis, proposals, manuscripts etc.). The course also includes training on ethics in research, human subjects, and animal subjects ethics.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can recognize the most commonly used research methods within coastal studies.
  • can identify components of high quality research, including data, methods, analysis, and findings in qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • can select and describe suitable key research methods (including sampling design, subjects/participants, instruments and procedure) related to a particular subject within a coastal and marine management or coastal communities and regional development framework.
  • can identify and discuss key academic literature/landmark studies related to a particular subject within a coastal and marine management or coastal communities and regional development framework.
  • can develop a sound framework for a research project (including research design related to hypothesis and research questions) at the master‘s level and communicate its main elements orally using appropriate academic terminology.
  • can successfully write a full research proposal where compelling arguments are given for the most suitable research methods.


Dr. Catherine Chambers is director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. She holds a PhD from University of Alaska Fairbanks, a master degree in Zoology from University of Southern Illinois and a bachelor degree from Drake University in Environmental Science. Her PhD dissertation was entitled "Fisheries management and fishing livelihoods in Iceland" and was part of the US National Science Foundation “Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic” interdisciplinary training program.

Catherine Chambers’ research interests include fisheries management, coastal communities, and Arctic social-ecological systems. Her recent publications include “Thirty years after privatization: A survey of Icelandic small-boat fishermen,” “Community, change and conflict in Icelandic fisheries,” and earlier publications are on biology/zoology. She has also published a paper outlining a new guideline for teaching concepts of sustainability and interdisciplinary for University level courses.