Methods Matter podcast – Series 2

Presenter(s): Dr Donncha Mullin


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Methods Matter – from Dementia Researcher and the National Centre for Research Methods – is a podcast for people who don't know much about methods, those who do and those who just want to find news and clever ways to use them in their research. In this second series, Clinical Research Fellow Dr Donncha Mullin from the University of Edinburgh brings together leading experts in research methodology, and the dementia researchers that use them, to provide a fun introduction to five qualitive research methods in a safe space where there are no such things as dumb questions. In this season, the podcast covers oral histories and story telling, grounded theory, visual and creative methods, focus groups and surveys and questionnaires.

Episode One – Oral Histories and Story Telling

In expert corner for this episode is Dr Kahryn Hughes, from the University of Leeds. Dr Hughes is Director of the Timescapes Archive, Editor in Chief of Sociological Research Online, Convenor of the MA Qualitative Research Methods and a Senior Fellow for NCRM. In researcher ranch is Dr Katya Sion, Postdoctoral Researcher in Living-Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care at Maastricht University. Dr Sion’s research is focused on quality of residential elderly care from the resident’s perspective and how to assess this. Her current postdoc position is aimed at the national valorisation of the narrative method of connecting conversations, which was developed during her PhD.



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Episode Two – Grounded Theory

In expert corner for this episode is Dr Kahryn Hughes, from University of Leeds. Dr Hughes is Director of the Timescapes Archive, Editor in Chief of Sociological Research Online, Convenor of the MA Qualitative Research Methods and a Senior Fellow for the NCRM. In researcher ranch is Nisha Dhanda, Audiologist, Teaching Fellow, and PhD Candidate from Aston University. Nisha has always had an interest in the way people communicate and how this is affected with unmanaged hearing loss and associated comorbidities like cognitive impairment and dementia, an interest that has inspired her teaching and her PhD.



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Episode Three – Visual And Creative Methods

In expert corner for this episode is Dr Kahryn Hughes, from University of Leeds. Dr Hughes is Director of the Timescapes Archive, Editor in Chief of Sociological Research Online, Convenor of the MA Qualitative Research Methods and a Senior Fellow for the NCRM. In researcher ranch is Dr Sarah Campbell, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Campbell has worked on various projects funded through a range of different funders from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to local funders such as NHS Salford CCG – the underlying theme being to explore ways to understand the lived experiences of dementia and ageing, and explore ways to improve social care and their lives.



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Episode Four – Focus Groups

In expert corner for this episode is Dr Kahryn Hughes, from University of Leeds. Dr Hughes is Director of the Timescapes Archive, Editor in Chief of Sociological Research Online, Convenor of the MA Qualitative Research Methods and a Senior Fellow for the NCRM. In researcher ranch is Nadine Mirza is a Postgraduate Researcher and Research Assistant in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research at The University of Manchester and also work with the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Nadine’s research explores cognitive testing in ethnic minorities and the experience of dementia diagnosis and access to dementia services in British South Asians.



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Episode Five – Surveys and Questionnaires

In expert corner for this episode is Dr Petra Boynton. Dr Boynton is a social psychologist, specialising in international health research from a critical perspective. Over the past 20 years, she has taught, supervised and undertaken research across the social and health sciences. She has also carried out development within university and community settings, as well as writing extensively on academic life, including publishing a book called Being Well in Academia, and being an agony aunt. In researcher ranch is Dr Larissa Bartlett, who is an ISLAND Research Fellow at the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. Dr Bartlett's PhD focussed on the promises and challenges of workplace-delivered mindfulness interventions for employee health and performance. Now Larissa leads the ISLAND Study, a large, 10-year prospective public health cohort study with nested interventions targeting modifiable dementia risk factors at population-level in adults aged 50 and over.



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