Managing Qualitative Research: PhD clinic at Lancaster University 17th March

Managing Qualitative Research: PhD clinic

Lancaster University Management School (Executive Suite, main building next to hub café) Tues 17 March 2015 10.30 – 4pm

Qualitative research is characterised by uncertainty and methodological challenge. In ‘Managing Qualitative Research’, we reflect upon the process of writing a PhD; the relationship between methodologies and your chosen methods, and the complexities of managing emotion in qualitative research interviews. We then offer space for participants to consider their own dilemmas in organizing qualitative research.

10 – 10.30 am Coffee available

10.30 – 12 noon ‘Writing by Numbers: a ‘proforma’ for doing and writing up qualitative research’ Professor John Burgoyne.

This practical and interactive session helps you map out your research issues and shows how writing and the research process are inter-related.

12 noon – 12.45 pm Lunch

12.45 – 1 pm Personal challenges in aligning research paradigms and methods Professor Caroline Gatrell

1pm – 1.45 pm Personal experience of achieving your PhD: a reflection on perspectives Dr Valerie Bevan

In this session Caroline first introduces the question of managing relationships between methodology (theoretical underpinnings of your thesis) and method (your research design). Valerie then shares her personal experience of aligning her data analysis and findings with theoretical perspectives in her PhD thesis.

1.45 pm – 2.30 pm Managing Emotion in Qualitative Research Interviews Professor Caroline Gatrell

This session explores the challenges of managing emotion in qualitative interviews

2.30 – 2.45 pm Tea and coffee

2.45 – 4 pm – Group work: questions and answers

Space for participants to consider and discuss their own dilemmas in managing qualitative research.

This clinic is most suitable for students in Years 1 and 2 (full-time) and part-time equivalent. Places are limited. To book your place please e-mail Matthew Watson (m.watson@lancaster.ac.uk) stating your name, institution, the title of your PhD, year of study and name of supervisor(s) and any special dietary or other requirements.

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