Qualitative Telephone Interviews


Bio: Dr Linzi Ladlow is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, working on the ‘Following Young Fathers Further’ project, a qualitative longitudinal, participatory study of the lives and support needs of young fathers. Her research interests include young parenthood, families, housing, and disadvantage.

Bio: "Tracing the lives and support needs of young fathers: A participatory, qualitative longitudinal and comparative analysis Anna is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include men and masculinities, family life, the lifecourse, and methodological developments in qualitative secondary analysis. She has recently completed research that examines the care responsibilities and support needs of men in low-income contexts, including young fathers. The Future Leaders Fellowship builds out of this work, seeking to implement, evaluate and promote father-inclusive and gender equal practice approaches and environments across the health and social care landscape in the UK. A unique and dynamic evidence base will be built to challenge the stereotypes, misconceptions and marginalisations that are experienced by young fathers. They will also enable a clearer picture to emerge about the impact of different cultures of understanding and expectations on young fathers, and how varied professional and policy responses shape young fathers’ experiences, their capacity to sustain positive relationships with their children, and their social and economic participation."

Bio: Feminist sociologist working in the areas of young fatherhood, and punk (particularly concerning punk pedagogies and punk, gender and ageing). Experienced qualitative researcher, particularly interested in developing creative research methods. Currently part of the Following Young Fathers Further team, a UKRI funded longitudinal study (2020-2024) exploring the parenting trajectories and support needs of young dads, and a steering group member of the Punk Scholars Network.

Telephone interviews are a valuable method for generating qualitative data and conducting fieldwork at a distance. The pandemic has prompted many social scientists to rethink their research methods and adapt to researching in ways that accommodate social distancing rules. Telephone interviews offer a remote route to fieldwork but their value for researchers extends beyond the pandemic. This interactive workshop provides practical guidance on conducting qualitative telephone interviews. The workshop will highlight the advantages of using telephone interviews and offer advice on how to overcome the challenges. We will guide you through processes of recruitment and ethics; as well as offering practical support on what to do before; during; and after telephone interviews. You will have the opportunity to discuss your own research and develop your ideas with hands-on activities.