University of Southampton
Professor 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?: http://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/2273/; 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).
Voices advocating radical challenges to traditional research practice have grown louder over the past decades. They contest our conceptions of how and what sort of knowledge is generated by researchers. The transformation of research has been identified as one of the key methodological challenges of the twenty-first century. In this talk I will explore explore the challenges posed both by and for the disruption of conventional research practice and implementation of democratic and collaborative knowledge production. I will lay out the shared endeavours across transformative approaches such as inclusive research, co-production, indigenous, and ethics of care, but also the distinctions in these various transformative research philosophies. I will also point to some of the opportunities and challenges that may be on the horizon for transformative research methodologies in the general context of neo-liberalism and austerity, and specific developments concerning big data and computer technologies in social research.