Qualitative Research Symposium

1st February 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chancellors' Building
University Of Bath
Claverton Down Rd, Bath BA2 7AY
Dr Bryan Clift, Department for Health
+44 (0)1225 385744

The last 30 to 40 years has seen qualitative research rise across numerous academic disciplines including Anthropology, Education, Health, Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Management. It has even become a discipline in itself at institutions across the world, undergoing considerable growth, focus, and adaptation.

The theme of this year’s Symposium, From the established to the novel: The possibilities of qualitative research, was conceived as a way to connect earlier forms of qualitative inquiry with contemporary practices and thus provides an opportunity to recognize the histories of qualitative inquiry as we look toward its futures. One aim of this Symposium is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion of common features, challenges, and changes in qualitative research – such as methodological approaches, innovative methods, sampling techniques, theoretical integration, and enhancing quality.

The Symposium programme will include a number of scholarly papers and a plenary session on attracting funding for qualitative research.

Keynote presentation: Dr Sarah Riley, Reader in Psychology, Aberystwyth University. The qualitative interview: Consigned to an old people’s home in an unfashionable part of town or reformed and selling out stadiums?

Dr Riley is an interdisciplinary researcher who draws on psychology, sociology, cultural and media studies to understand the person in context. Her work focuses on identity issues around gender, embodiment, health, youth culture and citizenship.

Target audience: This symposium will bring together over 150 academics, postgraduates and practitioners to share, discuss, and examine a wide range of issues related to qualitative research.