Methodological Conundrums in Qualitative Research

Room G, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Kristi Winters (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Sergio Catignani (University of Exeter)
  • Dr Victoria Basham (Cardiff University)
  • Mr Ameya Aatman (Indian Society of International laws)
  • Miss Emma Pole (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Ms Anne-Laure Mahé (Université de Montréal)

This panel examines a range of questions that may arise in the process of undertaking qualitative research. The panellists draw attention to questions that they have had to grapple with from the design of a project right through to the writing up stage. Following the qualitative research tradition of reflexivity and critical engagement, the panellists evaluate their responses to these questions, how these responses have been shaped by their own viewpoints, and what these responses mean for their research projects. Paper 1 starts the panel by delving into the issue of informed consent and "the ethical dilemmas surrounding the gendered nature of gatekeeping, access and re-access to research participants." Paper 2 looks at the potential of biographical/autobiographical accounts as data sources for analysing political concepts, issues, and phenomena. Paper 3 turns its attention to methods, in particular, the emerging innovative field of digital ethnography to study how internet-based activity may blur the traditionally held boundaries between what is and isn't activism. Finally, paper 4 shines a light on the "ethical and epistemological challenges" on an issue that gains very little attention in the discussion of research methods -- writing up qualitative research.