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Qualitative Research Symposium 2022 preliminary schedule

The schedule for the Qualitative Research Symposium (QRS) 2022.


This is a preliminary schedule for QRS 2022 and may change before the event.

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Virtual registration

08:00 - 08:45

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Session 1

08:45 - 09:45

Session Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Session 1A: Emotional Vulnerability 1 Qualitative Researchers Experiences in Emotionally Demanding Research. Presented by: Thomas Gretton (Florida State, University) and Anna Farello (Loughborough University) Emotional vulnerability: Counselling supervision services and ethical practice in qualitative research. Presented by: Rebecca Whiting (Birkbeck, University of London), Helen Cooper (Birkbeck, University of London) and Janet Sheath (Birkbeck, University of London) Researching emotional topics during emotional times: Reflecting on best practice for the management and negotiation of emotional labour in qualitative social research. Presented by: Natasha Stonebridge (University of Gloucestershire), Samantha Hughes (University of Gloucestershire) and Sarah Lemon (University of Gloucestershire)
Session 1B: Embracing Vulnerability Inviting and embracing vulnerability in research with women who use drugs. Presented by: Karen Hammond (University of the West of Scotland) Embracing vulnerability in relational research with children and nonhuman nature. Presented by: Hannah Hogarth (University of Bath) and Eliane De-Bastos (University of Bath) 'Please explain to me how I’m vulnerable’: Learning how to rework experiences of researcher vulnerability by listening carefully to care experienced young people. Presented by: Dawn Mannay (Cardiff University)
Session 1C: Gender and Feminist Perspectives of Vulnerability Negotiating physical and emotional vulnerability as a female researcher researching men’s mental health. Presented by: Alex Vickery (University of Bristol) Accessing vulnerability: a researcher's journey while conducting research on sexual violence. Presented by: Rineeta Banerjee (University of Calcutta)
Session 1D: Gauging Potential for Harm Female researcher safety: the difficulties of recruiting participants at conventions for people with dwarfism. Presented by: Erin Pritchard (Liverpool Hope University) Research in war zones. Presented by: Rasheed Abdul Hadi (Bath Spa University) Reflections from research with homeless populations: The effects of over- and under-estimating researcher vulnerability. Presented by: Emily Wertans (University of Leicester)
Session 1E: Resilience and Vulnerability Attending to Researcher Vulnerability using Trauma and Resilience Informed Research Principles & Practice. Presented by: Natalie Edelman (University of Brighton) Sticking your head above the parapet: on the importance of researcher resilience. Presented by: Kate Woodthorpe (University of Bath) Outside the Therapy Room: On the journey from practice to research in supporting early psychosis recovery. Presented by: Mark Batterham (Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust), Aled Singleton (Swansea University), Pamela Jacobsen (University of Bath) and Alpna Bose (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust)

Welcome and introduction

10:00 - 11:10

Hosted by: Bryan Clift

Keynote presentation

Title TBC

Hosted by: Dr Milli Lake (London School of Economics)


11:10 - 11:30

Session 2

Session Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Session 2A: Grief and Death 'I Just Need a Break. I Just Want to Chill Out. I Don't Wanna Hear About Any More Deaths.': A Research Teams’ Reflections on Conducting Emotionally Demanding Research with the Bereaved. Presented by: Jo Batey (University of Winchester) Embracing my own vulnerability as a researcher in a qualitative study in neurooncology. Presented by: Ronja Thallner (Heidelberg University Hospital), Wolfgang Wick (Heidelberg University Hospital) and Loraine Busetto (Heidelbery University Hospital)
Session 2B: Emotional Vulnerability 2: Practical Considerations Supporting emotionally demanding research: developing guidance for a social and public health sciences research unit. Presented by: Susie Smillie, (University of Glasgow), Julie Riddell, (University of Glasgow) Researching distressing topics ethically: reflections on interviewing nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Presented by: Anna Conolly (University of Surrey), Jill Maben (University of Surrey), Ruth Abrams (University of Surrey), Emma Rowland (King’s College London), Ruth Harris (King’s College London) Sensitive, challenging, and difficult topics: Experiences and practical considerations for qualitative researchers. Presented by: Sergio A. Silverio (King’s College London), Kayleigh Sheen (Liverpool John Moores University), Abigail Easter (King’s College London), Jane Sandall (King’s College London)
Session 2C: Gender, Race and Vulnerability Femme Praxis: Using Femme Theory to foster vulnerability within research design and institutions. Presented by: Rhea Ashley Hoskin (University of Waterloo), Lilith Whiley (Birkbeck, University of London) Researcher, fighter, c***: A reflection of vulnerability and violence in the field. Presented by: Zoe John (Swansea University)
Session 2D: Facing Vulnerability Online Challenging issues of integrity and identity of participants in nonsynchronous online qualitative methods. Presented by: Abigail Jones (University of Bath), Line Caes (University of Stirling) and Abbie Jordan (University of Bath) Qualitative Analysis for sensitive online research: how to protect against researcher vulnerabilities. Presented by: Olivia Brown (University of Bath), Adam Joinson (University of Bath) and Julie Gore (Birkbeck, University of London) The vulnerable researcher, the trusted local team & the trusting farmers. Presented by: Aurelie Larquemin (University of Bath)
Session 2E: Positionality and Vulnerability Researcher vulnerability in the researcher-participant relationship. Presented by: Yashar Mahmud (Stockholm University) Epistemic injustice in clinical and non-clinical voice-hearers: a qualitative thematic analysis study. Presented by: Olivia Harris (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust), Carina Andrews, Matthew Broome (University of Birmingham), Claudia Kustner (Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and Pamela Jacobsen (University of Bath) Survivor’s guilt: navigating vulnerability as a disabled researcher, interviewing other disabled welfare claimants. Presented by: Rebecca Louise Porter (University of Leeds)

Lunch Break

12:30 - 13:00

Plenary session

13:00 - 14:00

How to use your research journal to work with vulnerabilities in research

Presented by: Nicole Brown (University College London)


14:00 - 14:15

Session 3

Session Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Session 3A: Vulnerability in Inter and Trans-National Research Re-thinking Researcher Vulnerability in Policy Research: Based on Fieldwork and Policy Analysis in the Chinese Context. Presented by: Chunhua Chen (University of Bath) Reflections on ethnographically investigating emotions in organisations in an insecure context: the oil rich Niger Delta of Nigeria. Presented by: Ebele Akure (University of Bath) Another Spy: Lessons from Dealing with Political Commodities. Presented by: Lonjezo Masikini (University of Bath) Re/conceptualising Vulnerability in Gendered Research in Post-conflict and Collaborative Research in Times of Crisis. Presented by: Rumana Hashem (University of East London)
Session 3B: Vulnerability and Migration Insiderness in migration related research: privilege or a challenge? Presented by: Franka Zlatic (University of Nottingham) Ethical reflexivity through qualitative study with female refugees in Germany. Presented by: Naseem Sadat Tayebi (LMU Munich) Vulnerability and research with ‘hidden’ victims of hate crime. Presented by: Amy Clarke (University of Leicester)
Session 3C: Vulnerability Across Time - Historical Perspectives Affecting Accounts: Autobiographical Memoirs and the Vulnerable Researcher. Presented by: Cassie Lowe (University of Winchester) 'Toto, I’ve got a feeling that we’re not in Kansas anymore': Historical reflections of researcher vulnerability and the impact of power dynamics in postcommunist eastern Europe, lessons learned and their implications for contemporary postgraduate research design and methods in cross-cultural contexts. Presented by: Jo Aubrey (Cardiff Metropolitan University) How do qualitative researchers express constructs of vulnerability when reflecting on a career in qualitative research? Findings from the Quirkos Qualitative Researcher Journeys project. Presented by: Cathy Gibbons (Quirkos)
Session 3D: Field-Based Challenges of Vulnerability Exploring researchers' vulnerability in codesigned sensitive research. Presented by: Verusca Calabria (Nottingham Trent University), Geraldine Brady (Nottingham Trent University) Houston we have a problem. The vulnerabilities of using Action Research methodology during a world pandemic. Presented by: Laura Loftus (National University of Ireland), Elisabeth Barratt-Hacking, (University of Bath), Andrea Taylor (University of Bath) Going in the liminal space: the dilemma between dense life stories and a conceptual orientation in multisited ethnography. Presented by: Lijiaozi Cheng (University of Sheffield)
Session 3E: Vulnerability in Institutional Contexts Cutting through disciplinary lines: Qualitative and creative research with women in supramolecular Chemistry. Presented by: Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent and WISC) Researcher vulnerability when organisational anonymity is impossible. Presented by: Sarah Bloomfield (The Open University) 'I felt she had to fight her corner': How qualitative researchers can become vulnerable when conducting qualitative research in trials. Presented by: Clare Clement (University of Bristol), Suzanne Edwards (Swansea University), Hayley Hutchings (Swansea University), Frances Rapport (Macquarie University -

Closing session

15:30 - 16:00


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