Short course -

Institutional Ethnography: Conducting feminist, interdisciplinary & bottom-up research (day 3)


Bio: Adriana is a Geographer with +15 years of experience working with communities and policymakers in Australia, Chile (her home country), Colombia and the UK. She is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research that promotes transformation towards more just and sustainable futures. Her PhD in Environment, Energy and Resilience from the University of Bristol (June 2020) examined community water management in rural Chile. Using Institutional Ethnography (IE) allowed her to map textually mediated work processes wherein rural people seek access to drinking water, navigating an institution that prevents them from accessing this basic human right. My research findings advise concrete policy and legislation changes on conceptualizations of ‘vulnerability’ and ‘water rights’ to achieve clean water for all. She is a member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and of the International Sociological Association, specifically Working Group 6 on Institutional Ethnography, and Research Committee 24 on Society & Environment.

Órla Meadhbh Murray, Imperial College London (Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship)

Dr Liz Ablett, University College Dublin

Our aim is to introduce researchers to Institutional Ethnography (IE): a feminist approach to analysing texts and mapping organisational processes. We will do this by offering participants a very practical opportunity to familiarise themselves with IE and for them to leave the training course inspired to explore how IE could help them approach their research in an innovative and collaborative way.This approach is applicable across the social sciences including health and disability studies; education; gender studies and land planning. IE has strong interdisciplinary potential and it is well equipped to pay attention to difference.Following an overview of IE as a feminist sociology; we will present two case studies to show how it can be used and with what results. Moreover; attendees will have time to think; discuss; and apply IE to their own research. No prior knowledge or training is required.

This is booked through the NCRM training database at an additional charge which includes a free festival pass; Institutional Ethnography: Conducting feminist; interdisciplinary & bottom-up (part of the RMeF2021) (