Qualitative Longitudinal Research – an advanced workshop and conference, FLaG, Uni of Leeds, 8th and 9th June 2015

FLaG (the Centre for Families, Life Course and Generations) is now advertising a two day event all about researching relationships across generations and over time. An advanced workshop in Qualitative Longitudinal Methods is taking place on the 8th June 2015, followed by a one day conference, which is a tribute to Prof. Bren Neale (the Director of Timescapes) who is retiring (find out more here).

I will be presenting at the advanced training workshop on the first day about the methodological strategy I have been working on in the last few months, to conduct secondary analysis that explores the themes of men and care across two of the Timescapes datasets; Intergenerational Exchange and Following Young Fathers. I am really honoured to be presenting alongside some fantastic and inspirational sociologists including Prof Bren Neale, Nick Emmel, Ruth Patrick, Susie Weller, Sarah Irwin and Joanna Bornat.

The abstracts for each of the talks at the workshop are on the FlaG webiste but mine is posted below:

A methodological strategy for working effectively across qualitative longitudinal datasets as a secondary researcher

This presentation describes a methodological strategy that was employed to conduct qualitative secondary analysis across two distinct but comparable qualitative longitudinal datasets from the Timescapes archive; ‘Intergenerational Exchange’ and ‘Following Young Fathers’. The re-use and analysis of data from two or more individually conceived yet linked projects is a complex process requiring effective working across projects (Irwin and Winterton, 2011), as well as a detailed understanding of the original research aims and design. The strategy consisted of three, sometimes overlapping phases; a synthesis and review of outputs from the archived studies; Data sharing and knowledge exchange and the conduct of qualitative secondary analysis. With reference to debates about the ethics of conducting QSA (Neale and Bishop, 2012) and ‘epistemological distance’ (Mauthner et al 1998; Mason, 2007), I consider a) the methodological challenges and affordances of working collaboratively with researchers who share their datasets, b) the conceptual insights and theoretical possibilities that are opened up through these processes and c) how secondaryanalysis can aid in the process of generating access to the research field and refining or generating new research questions.

It looks to be a fantastic event and is only £40 to register. It is recommended that you apply early though as there are only 40 places available. I hope to see you there.

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