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QRS 2022

QRS 2022



The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) at the University of Bath is hosting its annual workshop series on Tuesday 1st February 22. The workshops focus on a range of issues related to qualitative research and will be delivered online by University of Bath researchers and teachers with expertise in session areas.

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. The costings for the workshops are as follows:

  • £15 per workshop (Workshop 4 is £10 due to reduced duration)

Registration Deadline: 30th January 2022

Partial refunds are possible for participants who withdraw their booking before 13 January 2022. No refunds will be provided thereafter.


The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) is oriented around three pillars of engagement with and for the key groups and users of qualitative research: Research, Training and Education, and Industry Collaboration and Consulting.

For questions about the Centre or the workshops please e-mail cqr@bath.ac.uk.



Morning Sessions (9.30am – 12.00)

Select one of the four options. 

Workshop 1. Using the Visual in Social Science Research and Teaching

Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan (Department of Education) https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/rita-chawla-duggan

Dr Stefanie Gustafsson (School of Management)


Visual methods comprise various approaches (drawings, illustrations, images, material culture, photographs and videos) that have the potential to maximise participants’ capacity to effectively engage in the research and teaching process.  The nature of the relationship between seeing and knowing is implicit in most discussions of visual methods, raising questions about whether seeing is ‘believing’ when we try to understand the reality around us. In this workshop we introduce you to some of those philosophical debates, and the methodological challenges and possibilities of visual approaches to research, before focusing on two particular applications in our own work: video methods and mask making. The final part of the session aims to facilitate your understanding of critically applying visual methods to address social science research problems and to your own research project. 


Workshop 2. Researching Thoughts and Feelings: Exploring Uncertainty and the Unknowable

Caroline Hickman (Department of Social and Policy Sciences).

Researching thoughts and feelings can be a ‘messy’ subjective process – are there existing methodologies that can help us navigate this, or do we need some new ideas? Though we will use climate change as a vehicle to explore these issues, this workshop is relevant to anyone researching thoughts and feelings.

Climate change itself is hard to define. Some can see its impact - people are anxious, scared, and angry; in others climate denial persists. To complicate things further, some argue we live in a time of literally unthinkable change: Timothy Morton suggests climate change is a ‘hyperobject’, something so abstract and large we cannot quite get our head around it or control it. Dealing with climate change, therefore, is messy: we could emphasise the structural, technological and behavioural changes needed (as a response to feeling out of control)… but as humans (we) are the cause of climate change at the same time as struggling to find adequate responses to it. We could frame researching climate change as a problem of the consciousness; so we should additionally consider the unconscious. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any messier!  To navigate through all these issues, we will draw on Caroline’s 10 years’ of experience globally researching children’s and young people’s feelings about climate change, specifically through looking at and comparing recent qualitative and some quantitative research. This will help us appreciate how both approach the thorny problem of ‘researching the unknowable’.


Workshop 3. Methods of Discourse Analysis

Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou (Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies). https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/sophia-hatzisavvidou

This session will introduce participants to the basics of different approaches to discourse analysis, by focusing on three distinct methods: critical discourse analysis (CDA), post-structuralist discourse analysis (PDA), and rhetorical analysis (RA). We will then use analytical tools drawn from the latter method to study a contemporary political speech. By the end of the session, participants will have a nuanced understanding of the differences between approaches to discourse analysis and they will be in a position to identify which method is more suitable for their research project.


Workshop 4. Researcher Vulnerability: Managing the Risks & Gaining the Rewards

Dr Jason Hart (Department of Social and Policy Sciences).


Twitter: @bathacademic

Personal safety has become an ethical and practical consideration that academics are required to address explicitly and formally in obtaining permission to begin primary research. Without losing sight of this important consideration, the session will explore how working from a position of certain vulnerability might enable the acquisition of knowledge and insight.  

Drawing upon his own doctoral and subsequent research in settings of political violence and displacement, Jason Hart will invite participants to reflect upon the ways that a researcher may be rendered vulnerable and the means to manage this. The session will also examine how embracing ambiguity and vulnerability can be important for the purposes of learning. Furthermore, the session will consider the relationship of researcher vulnerability to the broad effort to decolonise the academy.  

Please note the duration for this workshop is 1.5hours


Afternoon Sessions (13.00 – 15.30)

Select one of the four options.

Workshop 5. Analysing Interview and Focus Group Data using Thematic Analysis

Dr Olivia Brown (School of Management).

https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/liv-brown / Twitter: liv_brown20

 In this introductory session, we will discuss some of the challenges to conducting qualitative analysis, before looking at Thematic Analysis in detail. We will go through Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six-phase approach to Thematic Analysis and see some examples of how it is applied in practice. You will then work in small groups, applying the method to analyse interview transcripts in relation to a research question. By the end of the session, the whole group will combine their analysis with the aim of identifying broad themes that capture the interview data set.


Workshop 6. Grounded Methodology

Dr Simon Hayhoe (Department of Education). https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/simon-hayhoe

This workshop will introduce you to grounded methodology, explore the theory behind the methodology and show you how to use it to develop and evaluate research and public engagement projects – as in 2020, this year there will be a particular emphasis on digital desk-based research. Grounded methodology is designed to challenge traditional research methodologies, and in doing so it questions the notion of the need for highly formal research in institutional settings. In this respect, it is also a simple way of planning a research project that needs an evaluative element. The workshop will also discuss covering data collection techniques used in the course of research, such as observations, interviews, course development, participant diaries and online data collection. Finally, the workshop discusses the practical realities of researching in different institutional contexts.


Workshop 7. Causal Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) with the Casual Map: A Practical Introduction

Steve Powell (Causal Map Ltd). https://causalmap.app/about-us/#steve  

Professor James Copestake (Department of Social and Policy Sciences). https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/james-copestake

Fiona Remnant (Bath SDR) https://bathsdr.org/about-the-quip/coding-and-visualisation/

Causal mapping is an established approach to visualising and aggregating the causal models or ideas held by individuals. After a brief introduction reviewing different approaches to causation in the social sciences, we present a new (and, we believe, unique) app, "Causal Map" (causalmap.app), for constructing causal maps from interview data or other text data: highlighting and visualising any causal claims, not by applying single codes as in traditional Qualitative Data Analysis but by applying pairs of codes (the "influence factor" and "consequence factor") simultaneously. We also explore causal coding with hierarchical codes. By the end of the session, the group will understand the basic idea of causal Qualitative Data Analysis and its uses.




Workshop 8. Making Inequalities Visible: Critical Data Analysis

Dr Shona McIntosh (Department of Education). https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/shona-mcintosh

Epistemic injustice is deeply embedded in qualitative analysis, diminishing part, or all, of the human beings whose experiences contribute to researchers’ findings. To see this more clearly, we put ourselves into the process of data making. Adopting a critical qualitative research approach in this participatory session, we explore issues of in/equity in data analysis to think about how data analysis might be more just. In the workshop you will create a short piece of textual data and engage in arts-based methods to prompt critical reflections on what has been made visible in the process. No artistic skills required!


Ahead of the session you could look at these blog posts from the Epistemically Just Methodologies seminar series:

1. What is an ethical reseracher?

2. Contexts and panoramas of ethical research

3. Centring research ethics on relationships


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