Bárbara Contreras Montero from UGR shared a lesson with professors Hanene Jamoussi and Rihab Belaakhal

Over this month we had the possibility to share methodologies from the different universities involved in the project. After the session about data and statistics, students had an interesting lesson about Research Methodology with the professors from University of La Manouba Hanène Jamoussi and Rihab Bellakhal and prof. Barbara Contreras Montero from University of Granada.

“We had quite a fruitful session with professor Contreras-Montero. We had the chance to further explore some research methods hands-on through actual simulation. Her experience with working on social exclusion and inequality, specifically in the context of migration and homelessness, have alerted us to the peculiarities of studying such ‘hidden populations’, said one of the students, from the second year of the Master, Cyrine Azaiez.

According to another student, Amina Semaoui, professor Bárbara Contreras-Montero is positive and full of energy. “She taught us the observation which is one of qualitative methods. She divided us into groups, we really had fun observing each other and presenting results afterwards. We spoke also about homelessness, and how migration should not be tackled through homelessness policies, it has to stand for its own issues, not to fall into insufficiency”, she said.

Another student, Nathanael Koffi, said: “It was an extraordinary experience with the visiting professors. Their teaching methods were very comprehensive and didactic. Indeed, they brought us complementary tools and knowledge to what we already had with our professors here. For example, Mrs. Bárbara Contreras-Montero from Granada, taught us how to have quantitative data through observation, and it was quite interesting because she put us in practice with workshops. In a group of three people, we observed the behavior of our colleagues to generate data on the frequency on a single index”.

For professor Montero it was an incredible experience. “This week, together with professor Hanene Jamoussi and Rihab Belaakhal, we have organized a session about methodology, migration and homelessness. The content of the session has been of great interest to the students who have been active and participatory from the very beginning”.

Professor Bárbara Contreras Montero is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Granada (Spain). Currently, she teaches courses on sociology, research methods, and social structure. Her research is concerned with poverty, social exclusion, and social inequality, more specifically, homelessness. She has been the Fieldwork Coordinator during the Survey nights of homeless people in the city of Madrid (between the years 2006 and 2013), working together with professionals such as social
workers, academics, politicians, and NGOs.

For the student Emna Guerbaa, Prof. Bárbara Contreras-Montero is Cheerful and dynamic, merging both theoretical and practical parts in her lecture. It was a really good experience.

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