8th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Shaun Ratcliff

Dr Shaun Ratcliff
Director, Data Science - Public Affairs and Polling, YouGov

Shaun is responsible for complex, often high profile projects for clients engaged in political activities and related work across the Asia-Pacific region, and other specialty custom research.

His work is largely focused on understanding how the public thinks about issues, organisations and events, and what influences their beliefs and actions. He helps national political campaigns, NGOs, trade unions and corporate clients collect the data they need to make well-informed decisions.

Shaun also regularly engages in public discussions on voter attitudes and behaviours. His research has appeared in a range of academic publications, and he has authored articles on and been interviewed about these topics for international and Australian media outlets.

He has a PhD in Political Science from Monash University, and he has taught data science and survey research for ACSPRI, the University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

  • Successes and lessons from polling at the 2022 federal election
Virginia Braun

Virginia Braun is a Professor in the School of Psychology at Waipapa Taumata Rau The University of Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand). She is a feminist and critical psychologist whose research has explored the intersecting areas of gender, bodies, sex/sexuality and health/wellbeing across multiple topics, and the possibilities, politics and ethics of lives lived in neoliberal times. She works also on the doing, developing and teaching of qualitative research, including exploring the exciting method of story completion (see http://storycompletion.net). With Victoria Clarke, she developed a hugely popular approach to thematic analysis (see http://thematicanalysis.net), which they now term reflexive TA; they subsequently co-authored an award-winning textbook on qualitative research: Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners (SAGE, 2013) and Thematic Analysis: A Practical Guide (SAGE, 2022). She co-edited (with Victoria and Debra Gray) Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques (Cambridge, 2017).

  • Using (reflexive) thematic analysis: What matters for telling a good analytic story?