In her lecture, Kathryn Hochstetler will share her wide research experiences by giving insight into the different steps that research projects generally require. She will use her project on the environmental dimensions of the developmental state in Brazil as an example to illustrate how a project progresses through different stages. She will discuss, for instance, advantages and disadvantages of the use of different methods (case studies, large-n) and how decisions on the use of a specific method impact on the overall project. Kathy is an expert especially on civil society and social movements, environmental politics, and presidentialism, with an empirical focus on South America. In November, she is visiting professor in the research project on Contested World Orders at the GIGA.