Are you familiar with ethnographic research and curious about how you can turn your insights into action and pitch your research to an interested organisation? Are you interested in challenging yourself in a teamwork-based bootcamp environment to move your ideas from research to design to prototype and pitch in just over a week? Then come join our applied-anthropology and design coaches and learn-by-doing in a fast-paced setting! At the end of this intensive online bootcamp you will have developed new skills and methods to help transition from study to work, and create a portfolio project to show to a potential employer.
|Mode of instruction:
|Online (6 sessions over 2 weeks) consisting of live orientation and coaching sessions and guided self-study.
|Monday 15 January - Friday 26 January 2024
|€650 read more about what is included.
|2 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.
|Winter course admission deadline:
|Monday January 1 2024 is the final date to apply. Admissions for this course are processed on a rolling basis.
For current university students (3rd and 4th year Bachelor and Master) in the arts and social sciences or design with an interest (broadly) in fast ethnography, design, prototyping, testing and action-led research. Also for working professionals with a background in arts and social sciences with a desire to update their skills in the field.
As social scientists, we have a tendency to look at the world carefully and with infinite nuance. Like other academic traditions and researchers, we like to take our time. However the broadly applicable skills that we learn in our degrees often have difficulty transferring to the fast pace of non-academic contexts.
Organisations who employ social science graduates not only ask us to do research quickly but also to turn it into actionable advice while working with other disciplines - like design - towards achievable targets and innovative solutions. After graduation, businesses expect prospective employees to have already mastered these skill sets and directly apply them to their needs, without losing the nuance that research requires.
The fact of the matter is that most social science students don't get the opportunity to do this quick, hands-on work in applied work scenarios. This online bootcamp provides participants with tools and frameworks for using ethnography and design to benefit work outside of purely academic fields, and impact organisations. The main question that we tackle together through the duration of the bootcamp: how can we do careful nuanced qualitative research, yet provide quick and actionable results?
Throughout this online bootcamp, you will learn:
The bootcamp format is widely used for building high-quality work deliverables under time pressure with the support of coaches, peers and a solid setup. Aided by two applied anthropologists and one designer, this course will make use of the bootcamp format to take you and your team through the process of designing a question, building a research proposal, running fieldwork / gathering data, analysing and answering questions, designing and testing an intervention, and delivering a pitch with proposed recommendations to a stakeholder of your choice all within two weeks.
You will learn by doing, and apply the methods and skills introduced in the bootcamp to a portfolio project for an organisation of your choice. This means participants gain practical research experience while simultaneously honing skills that are applicable and valuable in a wide variety of settings.
This course will meet live (via Zoom) six times over two weeks. In the live sessions, participants will receive their daily assignments from the academic team, work through different questions, and learn vital new skills. The remaining days will give participants the time to complete their guided self-study assignments, and work on their final portfolio projects.
Corina Enache blends multidisciplinary education with practice. She has completed two bachelors in political science and marketing, a MSc in cultural anthropology from the University of Amsterdam as well as worked for various companies across the world, and for the last five years run her own applied anthropology company, The Sweet Spot working alongside designers and other anthropologists for start-ups and companies from various sectors and universities in Europe and New Zealand. She is currently a senior consultant with Schouten en Nelissen. Besides co-founding Interbuilding Applied Anthropology Meetup (2019-2023) and Namla together with Rosalie, Corina founded and hosts a social science podcast called The Human Show.
Rosalie Post was educated as a 'typical theoretical anthropologist’, with a BSc in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam and a research MA from Uppsala University. It was only when she started working that she realised that creating change in the world makes her happier than philosophical deliberations ever had. For the last six years, she has worked in the housing field in the Netherlands, studying, collaborating with and consulting for national and local government, institutions and societal organisations such as housing associations and healthcare organisations. Her last title in this field was medior policy advisor with RIGO Research & Advies, after which she chose to spend more time expanding Namla. Besides Interbuilding Applied Anthropology Meetup (2019-2023) and Namla together with Corina, Rosalie owns a business called Berkenblad Antropologie.
Emma Hoogenboezem is a social designer with a passion for co-creation. She is driven by socio-cultural issues, and currently, delving into the world of safe(r) spaces and nightclubs. Her research focuses on spatial social safety and how design can have a positive impact on it. Through co-creative workshops, she engages various users, from enthusiastic club-goers to purposeful club owners, to gather valuable insights.
Additionally, Emma works as a research-oriented designer at Studio Angelineau, a creative agency where she dedicates herself to creating digital, tangible and spatial experiences. Her goal is to support mission-driven companies in reaching their target audience.
This course is a collaboration between Namla and the University of Amsterdam and links to a variety of ongoing projects. If you want to find out more about Namla and its ongoing activities, connect or subscribe to their website.
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Want to hear more about this course? Listen to our interview with Corina Enache about what it means to do good research, transition from academia to work, and how we can learn to ethically intervene.