Rosalind Edwards

Visiting Fellow

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Centre Activities

  • Co-Investigator on The Tipuna Project, funded by AHRC, concerned with the decolonising complexities of including ancestors as co-researchers in participatory action research.
  • Co-Investigator with Susie Weller on Sibling Relationships Across the Lifecourse: Breadth-and-Depth project.
  • Co-Investigator on the YouthLife EU Horizon 2020 project, building capacity in life course research at Tallin University, in partnership with the University of Bamberg and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative and mixed methods, especially qualitative longitudinal research
  • ‘Big qual’ analysis, especially the ‘breadth-and-depth’ method
  • Family lives, family services and family policies

Recent publications

  • Weller, R., Davidson, E., Edwards, R. and Jamieson, L. (2023) Big Qual: A Guide to Breadth and Depth Analysis, Palgrave Springer
  • Edwards, R. and Holland, J. (2023) Qualitative Interviewing, London: Bloomsbury
  • Edwards, R. and Ugwudike, P. (2023) Governing Families: Problematising Technologies in Social Welfare and Justice Systems, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Lewthwaite, S. Jamieson, L., Davidson, E., Edwards, R., Nind, M. and Weller, S. (2023) Enhancing the teaching of qualitative methods: teaching the ‘breadth and depth method’ for analysis of ‘big qual’, in M. Nind (ed.) Handbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research Methods, pp. 67-85, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Edwards, R., Gillies, V. and Gorin, S. (2022) Problem-solving for problem-solving: data analytics to identify families for service intervention, Critical Social Policy 42(2): 265-284. 10.1177/02610183211020294
  • Edwards, R., Gillies, V. and Gorin, S. (2022) Do parents trust how data about their family is linked together?, in S. Livingstone and K. Pothong (eds) Education Data Futures: Critical, regulatory and practical reflections, Digital Futures Commission/5Rights Foundation:
  • Edwards, R., Gillies, V. and Gorin, S. (2021) Data linkage for early intervention in the UK: parental social licence and social divisions, Data & Policy, 3: e34, 1-15. DOI: 10.1017/dap.2021.34
  • Edwards, R., Weller, S., Davidson, E. and Jamieson, L. (2021) Small stories of home moves: a gendered and generational Breadth-and-Depth investigation, Sociological Research Online 28(1). DOI: 10.1177%2F13607804211042033
  • Edwards, R., Davidson, E., Jamieson, L. and Weller, S. Theory and the breadth-and-depth method of analysing large amounts of qualitative data: a research note, Quality & Quantity, 55(4): 1275-1280. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-020-01054-x
  • Edwards, R. (2021) Transformative approaches: synergies, distinctions, strengths and current challenges, in J.I. Rivas-Flores (ed) Methodologias de investigación (Transformative and Inclusive Social and Educational Research), Barcelona: Octaedro:
  • Edwards, R., Davidson, E., Jamieson, L. and Weller, S. (2020) Theory and the breadth-and-depth method of analysing large amounts of qualitative data: a research note, Quality & Quantity:
  • Edwards, R. and Holland, J. (2020) Reviewing challenges and the future for qualitative interviewing, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 23(5): 581-592:
  • Edwards, R. (with Moewaka Barnes, H., McGregor, D., & Brannelly, T.). (2020). Supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous research partnerships. The Qualitative Report, 25(13), Article 2:
  • Edwards, R. (2020) Why do academics do unfunded research? Resistance, compliance and identity in the UK neo-liberal university, Studies in Higher Education 28(2): 227-244:
  • Edwards, R. and Gillies, V. (2020) Maternage et politiques d’intervention précoce au Royaume-Uni: Biologisation et reproduction des inégalités de genre, de classe et de race, Revue de politiques sociales et familiales, 135(2): 6-19.
  • Horsley, N., Gillies, V. and Edwards, R. (2020) ‘We’ve got a file on you’: problematising families in poverty in four periods of austerity, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice:
  • Edwards, R. and Gillies, V. Insights from the historical lived experience of a fragmented economy of welfare in Britain: poverty, precarity and the Peck family 1928-1950, Genealogy 4(1), 20:
  • Edwards, R. (2020) Challenging landscapes of sociological thinking on everyday family lives in the UK: taking the yellow brick road, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 27(5): 704-716: