Emotions and the role of reflexivity in qualitative research (online) (few places remaining)

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The University of Edinburgh


Dr Nicole Brown is a Lecturer in Education at UCL Institute of Education and Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd




Online delivery by The University of Edinburgh


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Laura Marshall
Working week Monday - Wednesday


The aim of this training session is to explore the role of the researcher and more specifically, the researcher's emotions within the process of qualitative research. Emotions are a fundamental part of how we live in and experience the world around us, and both, researchers and participants have emotions and feel emotional responses throughout the research process, even if they are sometimes difficult to acknowledge, express, capture and process (that is recognise, name, accept and then potentially act on).

This training event draws on embodied and creative techniques to focus on the presence of emotions in research and to present practical strategies for practising reflexivity – how we can attend to and become aware of them in ourselves as researchers and in our participants, how we can hold emotional space for ourselves and our participants to express emotions safely, how we can capture the emotional resonance created in research, again in ourselves and in our participants, and how we can process the emotions we feel directly, and as a result of our participants’ experiences.

The session will be delivered as a combination of group discussions, creative tasks using materials participants will have available at home and short presentations from the course leader.

Course Contents:

  • Emotions and reflexivity in research, particularly in relation to data collection and analysis
  • Theoretical underpinning to reflexivity
  • Practical strategies and methods for developing and maintaining reflexivity
  • Consideration of what to do with "reflexivity", "reflexive data" and "emotions" in the research process
  • The role of the researcher's emotions in data collection and analysis

Learning Outcomes:

  • Have knowledge and critical awareness of what reflexivity in qualitative research is and means
  • Have practical knowledge and personal experience of practical methods and strategies to acknowledge and capture emotions and experiences
  • Be equipped to capture emotions and be mindful of their impact on research
  • Have a working understanding of dealing with emotions in self and others
  • Feel permitted to "experiment" and "try" in qualitative research

Course will be delivered online and the course will run from 10:00 - 17:00 with an hour break for lunch


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for UK/EU registered students • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants. Cancellation Policy: Please be reminded that you will be charged the full registration fee if you cancel your place within 4 weeks before the training delivery date or you fail to attend. If you are able to fill the place on the course you are cancelling then the cancellation charge will not apply.

Website and registration




Diary Methods, Visual Methods, Quality in Qualitative Research, Reflexivity, Ethnography, Phenomenology, Research Ethics

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