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Qualitative Research Symposium

The Qualitative Research Symposium (QRS) is an annual one-day event run by the Centre for Qualitative Research.

Established in 2014, the symposium provides an interdisciplinary platform for researchers to discuss the latest methodological insights and innovations in qualitative research, normally attended by 150 participants. The QRS also features a diversity of workshops which focus on a range of issues related to qualitative research.

Qualitative Research Symposium 2024

The theme of this year's Qualitative Research Symposium is Ethics and Power.

Through our 2024 symposium, we will reflect on ethics and power dynamics in qualitative research We're open dicsuiions around key questions like:

  • how knowledge is created?
  • who or what creates it?
  • how it can be contested?

Ethics is a key consideration in and of qualitative research. Considering the nature of qualitative studies, the interaction between researchers and participants can be ethically challenging for the former, as they are personally involved in different stages of the study. Researchers face ethical challenges in all stages of the study, from designing to discussing.

Previous Symposium Themes

Themes from the previous Qualitative Research Symposium (QRS).

2022: Researcher Vulnerability

2021: due to COVID 19 the Qualitative Research Symposium was replaced with:

2020: Tick tock: Unpacking temporal aspects of qualitative inquiry.

2019: Myths, Methods and Messiness: Insights for Qualitative Research Analysis.

2018: Researcher Positionality Within Qualitative Inquiry.

2017: From the Established to the Novel: Possibilities of Qualitative Research.

  • The keynote lecture was delivered by Sarah Riley

2016: Two Faces of Qualitative Inquiry: Theoretical and Applied Approaches.

2015: Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics.

Symposium publications

Published outputs from previous Qualitative Research Symposiums.

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