My research concentrates on global governance and survey methods. Through my work, I aim to find out how people want the world to be governed, and to help other scholars conduct better public opinion research. Before joining Queen’s, I held postdoctoral fellowships at the universities of Lund and Maastricht. A former management consultant at Bain & Company, I also worked at the German Foreign Ministry, for the President of the European Parliament, and at the United Nations headquarters in New York. I hold a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, an MA in Global Affairs from Yale University, and a BSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
I have developed and taught various quantitative and qualitative courses. In Oxford, I taught Political Analysis (Q-Step) II – an intermediary course on quantitative methods. In Maastricht, I taught introductory courses on quantitative methods and International Relations. For the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung), I developed and taught a summer academy on the theory, empirics, and practice of global democracy.
My two main research areas are global governance and survey methods.
During my JRF, I am working on a monograph and various articles relating to world public opinion on international organizations, global governance reforms, and long-term visions like global democracy. To this end, I use survey experiments to understand international public attitudes and explore the conditions under which people’s views may change.
In the area of survey methods, I am working on various papers addressing methodological questions that affect survey researchers in many academic disciplines. I particularly focus on the design of answer choices, e.g. the ideal length of response scales, the conditions under which a middle response should be included (or not), and the validity of non-opinion (“don’t know”) responses.
My list of publications is available here: www.linkedin.com/in/farsanghassim.