National Centre for Research Methods Workshop

Changing Research Practices for Covid-19

Melanie Nind1, Robert Meckin2, Andy Coverdale1

1 National Centre for Research Methods/ Education School, University of Southampton, UK.
2 National Centre for Research Methods/ School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.

The context for this workshop is the Covid-19 global pandemic and its impact on qualitative research. Globally, qualitative social researchers are having to re-think or plan their research to take into account the public health mandates including local/national lockdowns, travel and access restrictions, and necessity to wear face coverings and keep distance from others. In the UK, the National Centre for Research Methods has been funded to explore ‘Changing Research Practices for Undertaking Social Science Research in the Context of Covid-19’.

This workshop aims to engage participants who are working on their methodological responses to researching during the pandemic. The workshop design draws on a workshop series the facilitators ran in the UK. Participants will discursively reflect on the core challenges in conducting field work, including shifts to online and other creative spaces, and the associated ethical and validity issues. A strategy of exploring recent research history with the visual metaphor of a river will assist participants to look afresh – at the rapids, meanders, whirlpools etc – of researching in Covid times. The expected outcome is renewed energy for keeping qualitative fieldwork going with (at least of the) problems shared and solved. The workshop will last for 90 minutes.


Melanie Nind. Professor of Education and Co-Director of the National Centre for Research Methods. She has long engagement in building capacity in research methods including (with Lewthwaite, A conceptual-empirical typology of social science research methods pedagogy, Research Papers in Education, 2019, 35(4) 467-87; Hard to teach: Inclusive pedagogy in social sciences research methods education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2017, 22(1), 74-88; and Methods that Teach, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2018, 41(4), 398-410. She is principal investigator on the NCRM Changing Research Practices for Undertaking Social Science Research in the Context of Covid-19 study.

Robert MeckinRobert Meckin. Presidential Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. He is interested in methodologies in natural and social sciences, how communities collaborate to produce knowledge, and the ways technologies find their places in particular communities and practices (Changing infrastructural practices: Routine and reproducibility in automated interdisciplinary bioscience. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 2020, 45(6) 1220-1241; Situating anticipation in everyday life: Using sensory methods to explore public expectations of synthetic biology. Public Understanding of Science, 2018, 28(3) 290–304). He is co-investigator on the NCRM Changing Research Practices for Undertaking Social Science Research in the Context of Covid-19 study.

Andy Coverdale. Research Fellow in Education School, University of Southampton working on the NCRM Changing Research Practices for Undertaking Social Science Research in the Context of Covid-19 study.




This Workshop will take place on January 21st, at 2pm (Lisbon Time). See the full Program >>

Critical Self-Reflection in Qualitative Research

Anna CohenMiller1, Nettie Boivin2

1 Graduate School of Education Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
2 Department of Applied Linguistics University of Jväskaylä, Yväskaylä Finland.

Abstract. Have you ever wondered if you were doing enough in your research? Perhaps you’ve wondered if you’ve spoken to enough people, heard their views deeply enough, or explained their lived experiences enough? Perhaps you’ve wondered how you can show or evidence your rigor to create socially-just research? In working with graduate students from around the world, these same questions often bubble up. Many have wanted to know the recipe or the formula for doing good, ethical, and socially responsible qualitative research. While there is no silver-bullet answer providing the answer to these questions, this workshop offers something more insightful—a chance to negotiate self-reflection to enhance your understanding and practice.

In this workshop, we will come together collectively to create a safe, community space to learn about critical self-reflection in qualitative inquiry. You will be guided through opportunities to explore ideas and perceptions about research with a supportive group of peers and step away with practical tools to deepen your understanding and practice of qualitative research.


Anna CohenMiller WCQR2021Anna S. CohenMiller, PhD, is a qualitative methodologist committed to addressing issues of equity and inclusion in higher education. She works at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in Kazakhstan, where she specializes in arts-based methods and gender equity (e.g., mothers in academia, gender mainstreaming, equity in STEM). Such related current research projects are connecting/extending a network of scholars from across Central Asia, to Europe, South East Asia, across Africa. She is Founder, The Motherscholar Project; Co-Founding Director, The Consortium of Gender Scholars, honorary gold member of the Asian Qualitative Research Association, and consultant for qualitative inquiry locally and internationally.


Nettie Boivin, PhD, is an Associate Professor with Jväskaylä University at the Centre for Applied Language Studies in Jväskaylä, Finland. Her current Horizon 2020 funded research examines international migrations & (im)mobilities: offline/online practices, identities, agency and voice of youth within temporary reception centres. It contributes to educational, cultural and social inclusion by taking a collaborative and participatory approach in the co-creation of nine innovation pilot actions aimed at enhancing the integration of immigrant children and young people in education through collaborative partnerships that foreground young person-led innovation activities. The project will be implemented in 9 EU countries with 14 partners.


This Workshop will take place on January 21st, at 2pm (Lisbon Time). See the full Program >>

Qualitative Research while working from home using webQDA

Michael White1

1 Research Office, Universidad Peruana Unión, Peru.

Research doesn’t stop just because we can’t go to our offices or out in the field. Social media and virtual conference rooms allow for a wide range of qualitative research studies, even while working from home. This workshop will show you some practical examples of how you can use webQDA to organize and analyze qualitative data from places you might not expect in order to inspire you to create your own qualitative research project. Facebook, Google Forms, Zoom, WhatsApp, and even YouTube can be used with webQDA. Want to know how? Come see how easy it is in this hands-on, informative workshop. All you need is a free 15-day trial of webQDA to get started!


Michael White is the Head of Scientific Translations and Publications at the Universidad Peruana Unión. He has participated in several research projects in English and in Spanish, with 7 articles published in Scopus with more on the way. Recently, he hosted a webinar on the WebQDA YouTube channel to show their English-speaking audience how versatile this online platform can be.



This Workshop will take place on January 21st, at 2pm (Lisbon Time). See the full Program >>

Making the most of rich data

Fiona Wiltshier1

1 Timberlake Consultants, UK

One of the most powerful aspects of working qualitatively is that you can use a wide variety of different types of data, offering the opportunity to explore topics in even more depth. Traditionally, as qualitative researchers, we have worked with text data, and while this is still of course a core element of qualitative data, there are now so many more options to consider.
This workshop will show you how you can use NVivo to work with many different types of data, going beyond text to look at how you can work with audio and video recordings, images, surveys and social media as well as including text as needed.

We will look at bringing different data sources into a project; organising, coding and analysing them; then moving on to look at ways of exploring and visualising data in a variety of ways.

Keywords: NVivo. Data analysis. Video. Audio. Image

Fiona Wiltshier, Timberlake ConsultantsFiona Wiltshier MA (Hons) MSc is an experienced qualitative researcher and NVivo trainer, Fiona has taught thousands of researchers from academic, government and commercial contexts to use NVivo.  She has worked in over 20 countries around the world ranging from Macau and Japan to Ethiopia and Abu Dhabi, and throughout the UK and Europe. Fiona worked for QSR International (the developers of NVivo) for almost ten years and is currently one of only around 20 QSR Platinum Certified Trainers worldwide.  She runs her own training and consulting business ( working alongside researchers to help them develop both their software skills and research projects using NVivo.


This Workshop will take place on January 21st, at 2pm (Lisbon Time). See the full Program >>