Introduction to Podcasting as Research - Online (join a waiting list)


07/03/2024 - 21/03/2024

Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Simone Eringfeld


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Coordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton

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Venue: Online


This online course will run over two mornings on Thursday 7 and Thursday 21 March 2024, 10:00 - 12:30, and equates to one teaching day for payment purposes.

This training is designed for researchers and students who are interested in podcasting as a research practice, sonic method, and as effective means of communication and public engagement with research. No prior experience is required.

This training explores the potential of podcasting as a creative, qualitative research method. While academics have already started to discover podcasting as an effective digital medium for research communication, podcasting can also be used as part of a creative research practice and methodology. In this training, which consists of two sessions of 2,5 hours each, we explore some of the ways in which podcasting can be used to this end. This firstly includes podcasting as a participatory action research method, with podcasts serving as public outward-facing platforms for collective action, reflection, and public engagement. Secondly, podcasting can be used as a sonic elicitation technique during interviews and focus groups to elicit rich, detailed, embodied, and affective responses from participants.

Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with podcasting by creating their own ‘mini-podcast’ (1 short episode). The topic of this exercise can be related to the participant’s own current research practice, where desired and appropriate. For this introductory-level training, you do not require any prior experience with podcasting or other forms of audio production.

The course covers:

In this training, we will cover a range of topics related to podcasting in research contexts, from ethical considerations and methodological applications to the practice of podcasting itself. This includes the design and set-up of a podcast (such as genre, format, ‘branding’, and determining your target audience), practical approaches to audio recording, basic editing and (post-)production, and finally the distribution of episodes to public platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

By the end of the course participants will:

  •  Have a basic understanding of how podcasting can be used as a research method
  •  Be able to produce a podcast for research purposes
  •  Have an understanding of how to publish and promote a podcast (post-production)

This course is aimed at students and researchers interested in podcasting as a research practice.

Participants will need to sign up to the Anchor app for podcast production. Alternatively, participants may choose to work with software such as GarageBand (for more advanced editing options), but no previous experience with either of these two programmes is required.


Thursday 7 March, 10:00 – 12:30

Session 1:

- Introduction to podcasting as research method (PAR method, and podcast elicitation)

- Ethics of podcasting, strengths and weaknesses of podcast methods

- Demonstration of podcast production and instruction for hands-on assignment

Thursday 21 March, 10:00 – 12:30

Session 2:

- Listening to excerpts of the mini-podcasts produced by the participants

- Group discussion and feedback 

- Time for Q & A



The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at University. • £60 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:


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Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination, Data Visualisation, Sonic research methods, Podcasting, Sound-based methods, Podcast interviews, Podcast production

Related publications and presentations:

Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination
Data Visualisation

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