Capturing everyday temporalities through Qualitative Longitudinal Research (few places remaining)


22/06/2015 - 23/06/2015

Organised by:

The University of Edinburgh


Rachel Thomson: is Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies at the University of Sussex and has been a pioneer of QLR methods through projects including the 15 year Inventing Adulthoods study, Making Modern Mothers and most recently Face 2 Face: tracing the real and the mediated in children’s cultural worlds. She was PI for the NCRM Network of Methodological Innovation ‘New frontiers in QLR’.

Julie McLeod: Is Professor at the University of Melbourne. Her research is in the history and sociology of education encompassing curriculum, youth, gender and feminist studies. Her books include: Researching Social Change: Qualitative Approaches , Sage 2009 (with Rachel Thomson); Troubling Gender and Education , Routledge Falmer 2009 (ed. with J. Dillabough and M. Mills); Making Modern Lives: Subjectivity Schooling and Social Change , State University of New York Press, 1996 (with Lyn Yates);

Fiona Courage is Special Collections manager and curator of the Mass Observation Archive. She is also a doctoral student in the Dept of Education at the university of Sussex.

Dr Liam Berriman is Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and a co-applicant for the AHRC project Curating Childhood that explores new ways of ethically archiving and sharing multi-media data co-produced with children and teenagers. He is a cultural sociologist whose doctoral research explored children’s digital cultures.

Dr Lucy Hadfield is an independent research consultant with expertise in the field of QLR and the areas of family relationships, childhood and disability. She has worked on a range of QL projects including the Making of Modern Motherhood project and Children's Sibling Relationships both of which have become part of the Timescapes archive and more recently Face2Face which will become part of the Mass Observation Archive. Her own doctoral research was a QLR project investigating the process of becoming a disabled mother.


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Laura Marshall
0131 651 3001


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University of Sussex, The Keep, Falmer, Brighton


The focus of the workshop will be on Qualitative Longitudinal Research as a strategy for capturing the temporal rhythms of everyday life and understanding them in sociological and historical context. This event will be held in collaboration with the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex and will draw on data from MO as well as from the ESRC funded Inventing Adulthoods, Making Modern Mothers and Face 2 Face projects.

The event will combine hands on access to physical archived material as well as working with digital multi-media material. Participants will be required to use digital devices to access data as well as for the creation of new data including the use of Prezi and Memento.


  • Familiarity with qualitative and/ or historical research methods
  • Familiarity with current developments in  Qualitative Longitudinal Research and qualitative strategies for researching social change



The fee per day is:
1. £30 - For UK registered postgraduate students
2. £60 – For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations
3. £220 - For all other participants
All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Website and registration:


South East


Longitudinal Research , Secondary Analysis, Qualitative Interviewing, Observation, Visual Methods, Data archiving, Data Editing, Documentary Analysis, Biographical Methods/Oral History, Research Ethics, Alternative Methods of Dissemination

Related publications and presentations:

Longitudinal Research
Secondary Analysis
Qualitative Interviewing
Visual Methods
Data archiving
Data Editing
Documentary Analysis
Biographical Methods/Oral History
Research Ethics
Alternative Methods of Dissemination

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