Why We Habitually Engage in Null-Hypothesis Significance Testing…

You should head over to PLOS to read this paper by Jonah Stunt et al. It’s the first qualitative study I’ve come across at PLOS, but it’s definitely worth a read to better understand why we’re still surrounded by p-values.

One thing I missed in the paper is a hint that we don’t have to engage in frequentists null-hypothesis significance testing. I realize that the authors are interested in the sociology of science here, but we have plenty of statements in the article how difficult it’d be to learn about alternative methods. It doesn’t have to be: We do have packages like rstanarm or software like JASP that do not leave much room for such excuses.

Stunt, Jonah, Leonie van Grootel, Lex Bouter, David Trafimow, Trynke Hoekstra, and Michiel de Boer. 2021. “Why We Habitually Engage in Null-Hypothesis Significance Testing: A Qualitative Study.” PLOS ONE 16(10):e0258330. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258330.


Sometimes I really admire the optimism demonstrated by engineers… or the pleasures of working from home.

How long would that even be, 833 re-connection attempts?!

Life after the Migration PhD

This promises to be an excellent event!

Exploring possible career paths outside of academia in professional fields of migration and beyond

What can your working life look like after graduating? With the support of IMES, the ACES Migration Network, and the AISSR, the organisers launch a new hybrid seminar series titled “Life after the Migration PhD”. The series targets PhD researchers who work on migration or related topics and connects them to post-PhD professionals who have moved onto careers outside of academia. The seminars offer insight into a range of non-university working areas and function as a networking environment. They kick off on the 26th of October with a seminar by Claudia Simons.

During three monthly sessions from October to December 2021, we learn more about different working trajectories by talking to professionals in three fields: (1) research institutes outside of university (think-tanks, foundations); (2) international advocacy (NGOs, IOs) and (3) diplomacy and government institutions. The seminars are interactive.

More information and registration: https://aissr.uva.nl/content/events/events/2021/10/life-after-the-migration-phd-1.html

Out now: Politicising Immigration in Times of Crisis

I have the pleasure to announce that the joint article with Marco Bitschnau, Leslie Ader, and Gianni D’Amato is now properly published in JEMS. In a previous post I have detailed how we measured the impact of a crisis when we don’t know when the crisis was. Let me stress that we’re looking at economic crises, not the so-called ‘migration crisis’ or ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015 — it’s the kind of crises we’re living through at the moment, I guess.

We find evidence that claims-making on migration differs during periods of crisis, but the kind of difference probably varies from crisis to crisis. In retrospective, this feels right, as discourses and narratives on migration are embedded in a specific context. In this sense, our conclusion is that (economic) crises do not automatically increase the politicization of migration. Instead, we should probably understand crises as opportunity structures that can foster change in politicization and change in policies.

Bitschnau, Marco, Leslie Ader, Didier Ruedin, and Gianni D’Amato. 2021. “Politicising Immigration in Times of Crisis: Empirical Evidence from Switzerland.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Online First. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2021.1936471. [ Open Access]