Dr. Kien Trung Le is Research Associate Professor at Qatar University. He came to SESRI in 2010 and has been the Institute’s sampling statistician in charge of sampling, data weighting and statistical analysis. Dr. Kien had a leading role in developing the protocols and algorithms for proper sampling design for field and phone interviewing, as well as protocols for household and labor camp selection. He has been the principal investigator for SESRI’s Omnibus surveys for CAPI, a number of NPRP grant projects, and a co-principal investigator for the Qatar Semi-annual surveys for the telephone. He has authored and co-authored over a dozen of SESRI’s reports.
Dr. Le earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. While at U.Va he simultaneously worked at U.Va’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. At the Weldon Cooper Center for Survey Research unit, he was exposed to a wide variety of academic survey research activities, covering all aspects of survey research from Questionnaire development to report writing. His work entailed programming CATI instruments, Visual Basic macros, SPSS scripts and numerous databases, including an interlinked client billing, project management, CATI management and reminder calling database. More importantly, he became expert in public opinion-related statistical procedures and best practices for simple and complex sampling, data weighting, and analysis.
His research areas include Survey Methodology and Applied Economics. He has numerous publications in both economics and survey research journals. More recently these include papers on the labor migration system in GCC countries, household sampling techniques, and regional data collection methodology.