Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Quality in qualitative research and enduring problematics

A symposium from the Qualitative Methodology Forum

Date: 27 January 2015
Time: 09.00 - 16.30
Venue: Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
Organisers: Selda Ulucanlar, Jenny Hatchard, Fiona Fox and Susan Johnson

The Qualitative Methodology Forum is a space for informal discussion of both theoretical and practical issues that anyone engaged in qualitative research will confront at some time in their career. It is a multi-disciplinary forum with participation from students and staff from different departments and with different research skills and levels of experience. 

This inaugural Symposium, Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics, provided a unique opportunity for qualitative researchers from many fields of research, including health, social policy, psychology, politics and education, to share research and discuss key methodological challenges. 

The event was convened by  researchers involved in the Qualitative Methods Forum of the University of Bath’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and attended by delegates from GW4 and other universities in the South West. 

The event provided a space for discussion of both theoretical and practical issues that those engaged in qualitative research confront in their careers. 

It addressed themes such as researcher-participant relations, sampling challenges and innovation, online research, art as a medium for data collection, theorising and boundary issues between qualitative and quantitative methods.

The day was a great success, providing a fantastic opportunity for networking between researchers from south west universities who use common methods in diverse fields.  It is hoped that the event will act as a springboard for new research initiatives and the formation of a southwest qualitative methods network.

Podcasts and slides

Below is the programme from the day with links to the recordings of the sessions (where possible) and to the individual presenters' slides.
 

Programme
09.00 Registration, tea/coffee, Level 2 Foyer
09.30 Welcome: Fiona Fox, University of Bath, Room 2.6 
09.40

The future of qualitative research: epistemology, practice and politics
Selda Ulucanlar, University of Bath, Room 2.6

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10.00
Researcher-participant relations
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Chair: Jenny  Hatchard. Room 3.1
 
Sampling challenges and innovation

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Chair: Susan Johnson, Room 3.5
 
Going beyond the text: the challenges(s) of interpretation in qualitative research
Chris Griffin, University of Bath
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Enough is enough: when to stop focus group recruitment
Hannah Heath, University of Bath
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Invisible data: the place of emotions, affect and the unconscious in psychosocial research
Helen Lucey, University of Bath
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Justifying the adequacy of samples in qualitative interview-based studies
Julie Barnett & Konstantina Vasileiou, University of Bath
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The quest for quality in qualitative research: participatory transformative methods - pitfalls and promise
Alison Black, University of Exeter & Suanne Gibson, Plymouth University
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The family network approach: a novel method to investigate how individuals and families make sense of genetic disorders
Daniele Carrieri, University of Exeter
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11.30 Break
11.50
 
 
Online research

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Chair: Fiona Fox, Room 3.1
 
Art as a productive medium for data collection

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Chair: Paula Smith, Room 3.6
 
The quest for quality in the digital age: how can we 'trust' qualitative analyses of online data
Jenny Hatchard, University of Bath
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Establishing quality in performative social science
Helen Gregory, University of Brighton
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Online participation absent research: quality, emotions and ethics
Aimee Grant, Cardiff University 
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Blurring boundaries: the mutual articulation of theory and practice in educational research
Katherine Evans, University of Exeter
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12.50 Lunch   
13.40
Theorising, method & quality

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Chair: Selda Ulucanlar
 
Qualitative-Quantitative: boundary work

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Chair: Jill Porter
 
The quality of logical inference: abduction in comparative country case study research
Rana Jawad, University of Bath
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Finessing the qual-quant distinction in research and evaluation: action research into methodologies for assessing complex rural transformations in Malawi and Ethiopia
James Copestake & Fiona Remnant, University of Bath
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Theory development in clinical trials of health behaviour interventions: opportunities and challenges for qualitative research
Sarah Morgan-Trimmer, University of Exeter
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Achieving rigour in qualitative research: an examination of the practical tensions in the international development sector
Saltanat Rasulova & Susan Johnson,  University of Bath
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Reflections from the ‘waiting field’: engendering quality time in qualitative research
Dawn Mannay & Melanie Morgan, Cardiff University
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‘The authors should discuss how they attempted to avoid bias in their analytic process’
Victoria Clarke, University of the West of England
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15.15
Plenary Session: Quality in qualitative research and enduring problematics

Joe Devine, Jill Porter, Selda Ulucanlar

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16.25 Thanks and closing remarks  

The Symposium Organising Team:

For more information about the Forum and the next meeting or about the South-West Network, please contact Dr Jenny Hatchard  (Department for Health).