The Qualitative Research Specialist Group elevates awareness of and encourages rigor in qualitative research methods applied to the study of the political. The group serves as a resource for students and researchers using qualitative methods by bringing attention to advancements in relevant techniques, new debates and by being at the forefront of innovating methods and methodological debates. It is also a resource for those using mixed methods approaches.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Edzia Carvalho

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Dundee

Kristi Winters

Role: Convenor
Institution: GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Thomas Oliver

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of the West of England

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