NCRM Podcasts

NCRM podcasts

This page lists the NCRM audio podcasts. In interviews of around 10-15 minutes we share the latest methodological developments, research findings and ideas and discuss their potential and actual impact. You can listen to individual episodes here, or subscribe using the RSS Feed or via iTunes. You can refine your search by a topic or an author or play any item directly by clicking on the play symbol or title of each result.

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Making space for Big Qual: new ideas in research methods and teaching

Lynn Jamieson and Sarah Lewthwaite (20-12-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

In a special mini-series of our podcast, we discuss the secondary analysis of large-scale qualitative data as a new research method. Here Lynn Jamieson from the University of Edinburgh and Sarah Lewthwaite from the University of Southampton reflect on the method’s development and potential use in the teaching of research methods.


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Teaching Big Qual: benefits and challenges for students and teachers

Ros Edwards and Sarah Lewthwaite (20-12-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

In a special mini-series of our podcast, we discuss the secondary analysis of large-scale qualitative data as a new research method. Here Ros Edwards and Sarah Lewthwaite from the University of Southampton talk about how the method might benefit and challenge teachers and students of research methods.


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Remember your body: a somatics toolkit for ethnographers

Eline Kieft (11-10-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

A researcher’s physical sensations are widely understood to contribute to their insights into people and culture. Yet there are no adequate courses that teach students how to use their body as a research instrument. It’s a gap that a group of NCRM funded researchers are trying to plug with the development of a somatics toolkit, as Eline Kieft from the University of Coventry explains in this episode of the Methods Podcast.


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A short introduction to the Timescapes Archive

Kahryn Hughes (26-09-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

We introduce the TimeScapes Archive, an archive designed to enable the sharing and re-use of datasets that have been generated using qualitative longitudinal research methods. Our guest is Kahryn Hughes. Kahryn is the Director of the TimeScapes Archive and co-director of the Centre for Research on Families, Lifecourse and Generations at the University of Leeds.


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Transforming lives with storytelling

Joanna Wheeler (06-08-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

Getting participants to tell their stories can be both moving and powerful, but can it transform lives? In this episode of the Methods Podcast, Research Method Festival presenter Joanna Wheeler - from the University of Western Cape in South Africa - talks about how using storytelling in her research is helping transform lives in troubled communities, and the impact it has had on her own life and work.


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Food for thought: using fitness bracelet technology to tackle poor nutrition in low-income countries

Giacomo Zanello (06-08-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

Many of us use fitness watches to get fitter, but could the technology behind these devices help the millions of people across the world who don’t have enough food to eat? In this episode of the Methods Podcast, Dr Giacomo Zanello from the University of Reading discusses research presented at the ESRC Research Methods Festival, looking at how the technology is being used to tackle poor nutrition among farmers and their families in low-income countries.


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Mind the gap: why skills are key to data re-use

Richard Welpton (25-06-18)

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When it comes to making more data from government departments more readily available to researchers, there has for some time been a will, but not always a way. When the way is found, it can be painstaking and time-consuming for all concerned. Ahead of his presentation at the 2018 Research Methods Festival, Richard Welpton (Cancer Research UK Data Liaison Manager) explains how a focus on skills and career opportunities could provide a way forward, and how a framework that he and his colleagues have developed is helping.


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Using satellites to slash survey costs

Marco Haenssgen and Ern Charoenboon (15-06-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

Carrying out surveys on hard to reach populations in far flung parts of the world can be challenging and expensive. But researchers from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford have used freely available satellite images to help identify and sample households in Thailand and Laos, as part of a research project looking at medicine and health behaviours. Ahead of their presentation at the 2018 Research Methods Festival, we catch up with Marco Haenssgen and Ern Charoenboon in the middle of their field work to discuss how their work will help other researchers save money whilst gathering data that could help the global health crisis of our growing resistance to antibiotics.


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Diary of a participant: using apps for qualitative research.

Laura Radcliffe and Leighann Spencer (11-05-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

Researchers have been using diaries to capture the experiences and thoughts of their participants for some time, but the advent and growth of new technology has opened up exciting opportunities to use mobile devices in the same way. In this episode of the Methods Podcast, Dr Laura Radcliffe and PhD student, Leighann Spencer from the University of Liverpool School of Management, talk about their experiences of developing diary apps in their research.


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Changing the world with mixed methods

Donna Mertens (17-04-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

From climate change to water security - there are some problems facing the world that often seem unsolvable. So how can researchers stay positive about the role they have in tackling these huge challenges and which research methods should they consider using? In this episode of our podcast, Dr Donna Mertens, Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, and keynote speaker at the 2018 Research Methods Festival, calls on researchers to stay optimistic about the role they have in beating the world's ‘wicked’ problems and explains why she believes a mixed methods is key to doing research in troubling times.


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Understanding poverty using visual participatory methods: can it work?

Daniel McCulloch (06-03-18)

Open Access CC-BY-NC

Actively engaging study participants in research to give them a voice is a method that has grown in popularity in recent years. But does this approach really give people a voice and if so how? In his research project "Do Participatory Visual Methods Give 'Voice'?" Dr Daniel McCulloch from the Open University investigates participatory visual methods to see if they can shine a light on how best to help people in poverty.


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Digging deep! The archaeological metaphor helping researchers get into Big Qual

Susie Weller (19-12-17)

Working across qualitative data sets is a relatively new but nevertheless exciting proposition, but can it be done well and with integrity? In this episode of the Methods Podcast, we talk to Dr Susie Weller from the University of Southampton who, with colleagues (Prof Rosalind Edwards, Prof Lynn Jamieson and Dr Emma Davidson) and as part of an NCRM funded research project, has developed an archeological metaphor to do just that.


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