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 ‘Methodological Innovations in Generating and Reusing Qualitative Data’
Rosalind Edwards1, Susie Weller1, Emma Davidson2, Lynn Jamieson2
1University of Southampton, UK.;
2University of Edinburgh, UK.;

Abstract. In this panel session, qualitative researchers working in NCRM, based at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh, will present their separate and collaborative work.  They will discuss new and emerging methodological approaches and innovative techniques in generating and reusing qualitative data – from the implications for rapport in using Skype to conduct in-depth interviews, and researching ‘liveable lives’ in a public space, to 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.


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

Using Skype in qualitative interviewing: some potential and pitfalls
Dr. Susie Weller (University of Southampton)

A space for all, a space between: Qualitative approaches to researching the ‘public’ space of the public library
Dr. Emma Davidson (University of Edinburgh)

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).

Susie Weller WCQR2018Dr Susie Weller is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, with 18 years experience of conducting and managing qualitative research, including longitudinal work, across a range of publicly-funded, high profile studies.  Her recent publications on QLR have explored issues of morality, ethics and creative research practices, as well as contributing to the development of new analytic approaches, e.g. ‘Using internet video calls in qualitative (longitudinal) interviews: some implications for rapport’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016.


Dr Emma Davidson is an expert in qualitative research methods. Over the last 15 years she has worked in the academic, private and third sectors, including as a Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University, and at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (at the University of Edinburgh) as an NCRM Research Fellow.  Her current study, ‘A new page? Libraries, austerity and the shifting boundaries of civil society‘, is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Working with libraries, and the neighbourhoods in which they are based, the project is exploring the everyday social worlds of public libraries and the challenges they face under austerity.

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.