Conducting Ethnographic Research - Online (join a waiting list)


23/05/2024 - 24/05/2024

Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Alice Stefanelli


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


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

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Venue: Online


The aim of this two-day online training course is to introduce participants to the practice and ethics of ethnographic research. Through a mix of plenary sessions, group and independent work, participants will learn the basic principles of participant observation and research design, as well as the foundations of ethical ethnographic research. The course will also examine the ways in which other qualitative and creative methods of data collection may be productively integrated in ethnographic research.

The course covers:

  • Research design

  • Qualitative methods in ethnographic research

  • Access and power

  • Research ethics in participant observation

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the epistemological foundations of ethnographic research

  • Have a solid understanding of ethnographic research in action

  • Be able to design and conduct research integrating qualitative and ethnographic research methods

  • Be able to conduct ethical ethnographic research

The course is suitable for any professional researchers interested in learning more about using ethnographic methods – whether within or outside academia (private sector, government researchers, etc.).

The course is likewise suitable for postgraduate students in any social science (human geography, sociology, business school, political sciences, area studies, education, etc.) with prior knowledge of any qualitative research methods, but not necessarily of ethnography.

Some prior training in qualitative research methods, broadly defined – regardless of whether that includes ethnographic methods specifically.

Day 1

Morning session:

•          09:30-09:45    Introduction to the course

•          09:45-10:45     Plenary – The Practice of Ethnography

•          10:45-11:00        Break

•          11:00-12:00        Group work followed by class discussion

Afternoon session:

•           12:45-13:45      Plenary - Qualitative methods in ethnographic practice

•           13:45-14:00      Break

•           14:00-15:15       Practical exercise followed by class discussion

Day 2

Morning session:

•           09:30-10:45     Plenary - Research ethics in ethnography

•           10:45-11:00        Break

•           11:00-12:00        Group work followed by class discussion

Afternoon session:

•           12:45-1:345       Plenary – Writing ethnography

•           13:45-14:00       Break

•           14:00-15:00       Practical exercise, followed by class discussion         

•           15:00-15:15        Conclusions and Evaluations



The fee per teaching day is: • £35 per day for students • £75 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector • £250 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:


South East


Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Ethnography, Ethnographic research, Reflexivity, Research ethics, Power and access, Qualitative methods in ethnographic research

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Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis

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