From 27 February to 1 Mach 2015, the research Cluster “Tunisia in Transition – International Relations” held a first workshop with Mr. Wolfgang Karlstetter on methodology in social science. After an encompassing overview of scientific reasoning and different social science methods, all the fellows had the opportunity to discuss their individual research questions, designs and methodology with the invited expert and the whole group. At the same time, the first workshop served as a kick-off meeting were most of the future book contributors met and the whole project was intensely discussed. Over the next months, all the fellows will start the theoretical and empirical work on their envisaged book chapters. The next workshop in Tunis is scheduled for late April and will further delve into scientific writing and the empirical working process.