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Qualitative Research Symposium 2023

This symposium is a forum for researchers to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion of common features, challenges and changes in qualitative research.

  • 31 Jan 2023, 9.00am to 1 Feb 2023, 5.00pm GMT
  • The Chancellors' Building, University of Bath

Ethics and Power

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

Through this Symposium, we reflect on ethics and power dynamics in qualitative research, opening for discussion how knowledge is created, who or what creates it, and how it can be contested.

Symposium themes

The following areas form the core themes of the Qualitative Research Symposium 2023.

Formations and conceptualisations of ethics in applying qualitative methods

This theme focuses on the diversity of forms of approaches to ethics in qualitative researchers, considerations may include:

  • How is ethics constructed within the development of, enacting of, or reflecting upon qualitative research?
  • How does ethics vary by nation, institution, department, or discipline?
  • How do researchers ‘problem-solve’ ethical conundrums in qualitative research?

Views on ethics and power in research

This theme looks at relationships with participants and may consider:

  • Do researchers always hold the power in research?
  • What methods and methodologies have historically and recently been used to foster power amongst participants?
  • How can methods and methodologies be used to disrupt typical hierarchical power relations?

Effects of ethics and institutional power

This theme focuses on how vulnerability amongst researchers or in the researcher-participant relationship can impact upon the research process and the decisions we make, considerations may include:

  • How do university and institutional ethics committees exercise/influence/shape power over qualitative researchers?
  • Are there specific ethical parameters which may stifle approaches, such as participatory ones?
  • How present are qualitative researchers and issues in institutional ethics committees and processes?

Event schedule

The two-day symposium will take place on Tuesday 31 January 2023 and Wednesday 1 February 2023. It will be an in-person event at the University of Bath.

Tuesday 31 January

Pre-Symposium Qualitative Workshops

Workshops will be of interest to both researchers and practitioners.

A total of eight workshops are offered; participants can select whether to attend one (half a day) or two (full day) of the eight.

No prior knowledge of the subjects is required given the workshops are designed to be of an introductory level.

Each session lasts 2.5 hours and has a maximum capacity of 25 attendees.

Wednesday 1 February

The schedule for Wednesday 1 February is TBC. Please check this page for updates.


Tickets are now available to buy.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Attendees: £35
  • Presenters: £15

Purchase your ticket here.

Previous events

The Qualitative Research Symposium is an annual event. Read more about our past events and the themes they have covered.

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to share how ethics and power is or can be incorporated into your qualitative research, with your discussion formed around one of the themes above.

We encourage contributors to reflect on and consider their past, current, or future work in relation to the overarching theme of ethics and power. Contributions across all academic disciplines are welcome, as are theoretically inspired, methodologically oriented, and empirically grounded inquiries that link to these overlapping themes.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 16 December 2022

You can submit here.

Authors will be notified by email whether or not their papers have been accepted on Friday 6 January 2023. Those accepted will be asked to prepare a 20 minutes presentation.

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Join us at our two-day symposium in the Chancellors' Building on campus at the University of Bath.

The Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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