Researcher Development Initiative (RDI), 2005 - 2010

Writing Across Boundaries: Explorations in Research, Writing and Rhetoric in Qualitative Research

01/09/06 - 28/02/10


The aim of this project was to address issues arising for social science doctoral students in the move from data to text. The central focus of the project was an annual workshop which brought together between 30 -45 researchers who were at the stage of ‘writing-up’ their data. The two day residential workshop gave researcher the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive workshops in which they could reflect on the process of writing. Crucially, it also offered them to share experiences with others who were at the same stage in the process. The project also generated a website [] which provides a variety of resources to support and inspire social science writers in their endeavours.


Principal Investigator: Professor Bob Simpson, University of Durham
Co-Investigator: Dr. R.D. Humphrey, University of Newcastle

Contact Details

Professor Bob Simpson,
University of Durham

Email: Robert.simpson
Tel: 0191 334 1619