Methods of analysis in (criminological) reviews


This specialist course is primarily aimed at doctoral students (and researchers) who are currently conducting a literature review or will be conducting one in the near future. The course mainly focuses on the application in criminological research, but researchers from other disciplines are warmly invited. No foreknowledge is expected from the participants. Participants are expected to be able to discuss with other participants in English (language in which the course will be given).

Organising Committee

  • Antoinette Verhage (Prof. of Criminology, Ghent University), Universiteitstraat 4, 3th floor, 9000 Gent –
  • Yinthe Feys (PhD student Criminology, Ghent University), Universiteitstraat 4, 3th floor, 9000 Gent –

In cooperation with:


This specialist course relates to the topic of analysis methods in review procedures in the broad sense (not limited to systematic reviews). Numerous courses are or have been given regarding review methods (e.g. systematic review, scoping review), but most of these courses do not go beyond a mere exposition of which method is most suitable in which cases. The question remains which analysis method should be used when the literature selection process is finished. This specialist course wants to bridge this gap by not only giving a theoretical outline about the different analysis methods but also applying it to the specific research projects of the participants of the course.
This course aims to enlighten PhD-students about the analysis methods suitable in certain review projects. Not only will theoretical insights broaden the researchers’ knowledge about the different possibilities, the application of this knowledge to the researchers’ projects as a form of individual feedback will help start (or finish) their analysis procedure. Except for the theoretical knowledge passed along in this course, the relevance is mainly practical and analytical (i.e. individual application of and support with review analysis methods). This course will enable the participants to conduct a suitable analysis and report the findings in an article and/or presentation after the course. It also aims to lower the threshold for carrying out (systematic) literature reviews and to support researchers in choosing and finalising the appropriate type of review.

Programme & Venue

  • 3-4 + 18 June 2019

DAY 1: Monday 3 June, 2019
09:00: Welcome of the participants and introduction course
09:15 – 12:15: Theoretical presentation regarding analysis methods in review procedures (Prof. Dr. Karin Hannes)
12:15 – 13:15: Lunch break
13:15 – 16:15: Practical exercises (Dr. Charlotte Gill)
DAY 2: Tuesday 4 June, 2019
09:00 – 11:00: Interactive session: applying theory to doctoral students’ reviews (Dr. Charlotte Gill)
11:00 – 12:00: Lunch break
12:00 – 16:00: Presentations doctoral students – Review (short break in between)
DAY 3: Tuesday 18 June, 2019
10:00 – 12:00: Presentations doctoral students – Analysis and output
12:00 – 13:00: lunch break
13:00 – 15:00: Presentations doctoral students – Analysis and output

  • Venue: Large IRCP-room, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University (Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent)

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the doctoral schools of Arts, Humanities and Law and Social and Behavioural Sciences of UGent

Registration & Information

To register, participants may send an e-mail to (cc: )


The preparation mainly entails a presentation to be given at the beginning of the specialist course and a one page outline describing their research (with a specific focus on the review they are or will be conducting).

Number of participants

Maximum 15


  • Dr. Charlotte Gill - Charlotte Gill’s primary research interests are community- and place-based crime prevention approaches, particularly with juveniles and youth; community policing; program evaluation; and research synthesis. Charlotte Gill has over ten years of experience in applied experimental and quasi-experimental research and is currently partnering with several police departments and community groups around the United States to develop and test community-led approaches to place-based prevention and improve police responses to people with mental health issues.
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Hannes - Karin Hannes has great expertise and knowledge regarding review and analysis methods. She teaches courses in regard to qualitative research, meta-analysis, systematic reviews and reflexivity. She is part of the Cochrane Qualitative & Implementation Methods Group, NQRL (The Network for Qualitative Research Leuven) and ENQI (European Network of Qualitative Inquiry). In regard to the ENQI, she has organised multiple editions of the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

The course will be evaluated by attendance (100%), the presentation of the review the participants are currently working on or will be working on in the near future (beginning of the course) and the application of one of the specific analysis methods to their review and presenting their (preliminary) outcome (end of the course). Before the start of the course, participants will also be asked to send in a one page outline describing their research (with a specific focus on the review they are or will be conducting).