Panel Discussions

WCQR2018 will devote a relevant space to the dissemination of methodologies and results of research conducted by Research Groups.

National Centre for Research Methods panel on ‘Innovations in Qualitative Methods and Topics’
Rosalind Edwards1, Lynn Jamieson2
1University of Southampton, UK.
2University of Edinburgh, UK.

Abstract. In this panel session, two of the co-directors and lead qualitative researchers working in NCRM, based at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh, will introduced participants to the work of the NCRM. They will discuss approaches to researching innovative topics and methods, with a particular focus on researching families and sustainability, and on conducting secondary data analysis with large volumes of qualitative data from several archived qualitative studies while retaining qualitative integrity.

Brief context:
The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council as an integrated, cutting edge centre of expertise that develops innovative research methods, advances methodological understanding and practice, and supports training and capacity building.  This mission includes developing qualitative methodological practice and innovation in social research to increase the quality and range of approaches used by social scientists.  NCRM runs a programme of ‘in-house’ and associated projects that aim to deliver valuable insights into creative qualitative research methods, from generating data in novel ways in different contexts through to reusing existing archived qualitative research data.


An introduction to NCRM’s qualitative research
Professor Rosalind Edwards (University of Southampton)

Researching families and sustainability
Professor Lynn Jamieson (University of Edinburgh)

A skills audit for participants: interactive activity

Big data, qualitative style: a breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of secondary qualitative data
Professor Lynn Jamieson (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Rosalind Edwards (University of Southampton)

Rosalind Edwards WCQR2018Professor Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences Director of Research, and co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton.  She is also a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  Rosalind is a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, and has published widely on qualitative research.  She is a co-author of a much-downloaded review paper: How Many Qualitative Interviews is Enough?:; and her recent methodological book publications include Working with Paradata, Marginalia and Fieldnotes: The Centrality of By-Products of Social Research (ed. with J. Goodwin, H. O’Connor and A. Phoenix, 2017, Edward Elgar), Understanding Families Over Time (ed. with J. Holland, 2014, Palgrave), and What is Qualitative Interviewing? (co-author with J. Holland, 2013, Bloomsbury).

Professor Lynn Jamieson is a professor in sociology at the University of Edinburgh, Co-director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and member of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Senior Leadership Group. She is also a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan series, Families and Intimate life and of the journal, Families Relationships and Societies. Her methodological publications include 2011 Jamieson, Lewis, Simpson (eds) Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process London, Palgrave.