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10th Qualitative Research Summer School

Workshop Leaders

 Rachel Hurdley

Dr Rachel Hurdley
Research fellow in Sociology,
Cardiff University, Wales, U.K.

Rachel Hurdley is Research Fellow in sociology at Cardiff University. She is currently doing research with people living with dementia and National Museums Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru, to design dementia-friendly museum spaces.

Other research sites have included mantelpieces, corridors, sofas, pin boards and the few remaining smokers’ corners, exploring how everyday interactions, small things and ephemeral practices organize meaning.

Rachel is particularly interested in how we make academic knowledge, and the ‘mess’ of the research process.  She is currently learning how to use oil paints – the messiest method so far.

 Kate Moles

Dr Kate Moles
Lecturer in Sociology,
Cardiff University, Wales, U.K.

Kate Moles is a lecturer in sociology at Cardiff University. She enjoys using qualitative research methods, particularly mobile, ethnographic methods that allow her to wander around interesting places and talk to people. This is often now with a camera in hand, though that is a skill she’s still working on. She’s used these methods to try and understand heritage, place and memory, in various settings and with various people.

Currently, Kate is doing research on intergenerational relationships in south Wales, and the ways narratives of family shape young people’s understandings of and interactions with the social world.

 Dr Mel Duffy

Dr Mel Duffy
Lecturer in Sociology,
Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Mel Duffy, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (Joint Hons), is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University, where she teaches courses in Sociology and Sexuality Studies at both undergraduate and graduate level.

After completing her PhD in DCU in 2008, she has pursued an active research programme in Hermeneutic Phenomenology Sociology.  Dr. Duffy co-founded the MA in Sexuality Studies and the biannual Self, Selves and Sexualities conference.

She has published in the field of lesbian health and health care, coming out, identity, being lgbt in the workplace, end-of-life care in nursing homes and experiences of therapies effecting health outcomes.  Her current project is exploring the lived experiences in second level of the relationship and sexuality education programme.

 Dr Lesley Dibley

Dr Lesley Dibley
Kings College London, U.K.

Dr Lesley Dibley trained in both adult and sick children’s nursing in the early 1980s, and has several years experience in clinical practice, and nurse education.

Since 2008, she has been employed as a fulltime researcher at King’s College London, and has undertaken several qualitative research projects addressing quality of life and patient experience in IBD, as well as designing and developing new IBD symptom assessment tools.

Lesley was awarded her PhD in 2014 for an interpretive phenomenological study of patients’ experiences of stigma in IBD, and is currently engaged in a follow-up study with international thinkers in the field of phenomenology.

 Dr Andrew Balmer

Dr Andrew Balmer
Lecturer in Sociology,
University of Manchester, U.K.

Andy is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. His research is focused on everyday life, science and technology and has explored such topics as lying and deception, dementia and care.

He has taught at three Russell Group universities, on a diverse range of subjects, including research methods, personal life, social movements, media studies and sociology of science.

He is currently conducting research into the experience of changes in the relationships of people living with dementia and their carers, alongside an ongoing project on the sociology of lying, as well as a further study of the potential for collaboration between natural and social scientists.

 Dr Jonathan Hughes

Dr Jonathan Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Ethics,
Keele University, U.K.

Jonathan Hughes, a philosopher by training, is Senior Lecturer in Ethics in the School of Law at Keele University. He is Director of the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and previous director of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele.

Research interests include ethics and autism, ethics of healthcare resource allocation, conscientious objection in medicine and ethical issues in criminal justice. He has extensive experience of providing training in research ethics to researchers and members of research ethics committees in the UK and beyond, and is editor and co-author of the European Commission’s European Textbook on Ethics in Research.

 Professor John McLeod

Professor John McLeod
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway
Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin, Ireland

Professor John McLeod, has held professorial positions in universities in the UK, and is one of the leading figures in the resurgence of interest in case study methodology in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

He is the author of Case study research in counselling and psychotherapy (Sage, 2011) as well as chapters and articles on case study methodology, and case study reports.

With a background in psychology, his work draws on ideas and methods from a range of disciplines. 

Dr Claire Moran

Dr Claire Moran
School of Psychology,
University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Claire Moran has a PhD in Health Psychology, examining social constructions of women’s sexuality, and the implications for sexual health. Dr Moran’s research is predominately qualitative, and she has had 7 papers from her PhD thesis published in peer reviewed journals, and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis.

The methods used in this body of work include thematic analysis, discourse analysis, thematic discourse analysis and multi-modal critical discourse analysis. Dr Moran has almost 20 years teaching experience and has delivered numerous lectures and conference presentations based on her own research and also on how to successfully conduct qualitative research.

She is the Head of Research and Development at True Relationships and Reproductive Health, lectures in domestic violence at Queensland University of Technology, and holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr Mark Philbin

Dr Mark Philbin
Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences,
Dublin City University, Ireland.

Mark works as a Lecturer in Health & Society in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University. In 2009, he completed my PhD which focused on how persons “live with themselves” in the context of psychosis and psychiatric involvement.

Since then, he has supervised a number of doctoral qualitative research projects, mostly involving the use of grounded theory (GT) methodology. Mark currently supervise two GT projects: one to do with how persons endure IVF treatment and another focused on how cyclists deal with matters of safety, obligation and entitlement on the roads of Dublin.

In terms of his other work, Mark is Vice-Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee in Dublin City University. His current teaching interests focus on qualitative research, the use of drugs in contemporary societies, issues of freedom and health, and the ethics of social responsibility.

Dr Katherine Davies

Dr Katherine Davies
Lecturer in Sociology,
University of Sheffield, U.K.

Dr Katherine Davies is lecturer in Sociology at The University of Sheffield and an Honorary Fellow of The Morgan Centre for Relationships and Personal Life at the University of Manchester.

Katherine has a longstanding interest in the use of creative, qualitatively-driven approaches to researching everyday lives and relationships and she has employed a range of methodological approaches to research projects on family resemblances, friendships and the lives and relationships of young people.

She has recently completed an ESRC funded project which employs ethnography, interviewing, creative mapping and object inventories to explore the relational consequences of communal living.

Katherine’s recent publications include ‘Siblings, Stories and the Self: the Sociological Significance of Young People’s Sibling Relationships’ Sociology 49 (4), ‘Interactions that Mater: Researching Critical Relationships’ Methodological Innovations Online 6(3) (with Brian Heaphy), ‘Knocking on Doors: Recruitment and Enrichment in a Qualitative Interview-based Study’ International Journal for Social Research Methodology 14(4) and ‘Coming to our Senses? A Critical Approach to Sensory Methodology’ Qualitative Research 9(5) (with Jennifer Mason).

 Professor Donna Mertens

Professor Donna Mertens
Department of Education,
Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, USA

Donna Mertens is Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University with a specialization in research and evaluation methodologies designed to support social transformation.

She has authored, co-authored, or edited over 16 books related to research and evaluation methods and human rights, including Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation (in press); Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods; Indigenous Pathways into Social Research; Program Evaluation Theory and Practice; and Transformative Research and Evaluation.

She taught MA and PhD hearing and deaf students in education, psychology, social work, administration, and international development for 32 years. She has conducted professional development related to transformative mixed methods in many contexts, e.g., Chile, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Niger, Ghana, Brazil, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Mertens also served as the Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2010-2014. She chaired the MMIRA task force on the future of mixed methods: challenges and opportunities 2015-2016.


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