Case Histories in Qualitative Longitudinal Research (few places remaining)


06/10/2016 - 07/10/2016

Organised by:

The University of Edinburgh


Professor Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex
Professor Julie McLeod, University of Melbourne
Fiona Courage, Special Collections Manager and Cutator, Mass Observation Archive


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Laura Marshall
0131 651 3001


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University of Sussex, The Keep, Brighton


The focus of the workshop will be on the selection, analysis and interpretation of ‘cases’ in qualitative longitudinal research and will cover both work with primary data and secondary analysis of archived data. The focus of the workshop is not so much on research design/ data collection but on strategies for the analysis of a data set that involves following one or more ‘cases’ over time.


The course covers: Key areas of investigation include:

- Thinking cases: an overview of intellectual traditions through which case study research has been imagined drawn from both the social sciences and the humanities.

- A case of what? Exploration of sampling and selection issues including what can constitute a case (individuals, places, organisations) and what cases may represent or be emblematic of including questions of generalisation, theory building and the relationship between a case ‘archive’ and a case ‘history’.

- Making the case: We will explore strategies for analysis of case study material, including the practicalities of organising and interrogating a data set, conceptual resources for unpicking narrative and biographical processes, issues of internal and external validity and the challenge of scaling up from single cases to create comparative and broader analyses.

- Displaying cases: Reflections on strategies for representing case study material, including practical and ethical constraints and opportunities.

Target Audience:

The workshop is aimed at researchers and research students from both social science and humanities backgrounds with an interest in the analysis of qualitative longitudinal and life story data. The course will be especially suitable to researchers who have generated or identified a data set that they intend to analyse using case study approaches. This is an advanced training course and participants will be assumed to have some understanding of qualitative research techniques for data creation or some experience of using archived sources. The course will be of interest to researchers working in third sector, government, commercial and academic sectors.

Draft schedule - tbc

Day 1:

10.30 – 11:Registration and introductions

11 am – 1pm: Thinking cases – conceptual frameworks


2- 3pm A case of what: sampling and selection

3- 4pm Making the case: an overview of analytic strategies

4-.43pm Review of the days key learning

Day 2:

10 am- 12.45 am: Making the case: working with exemplars


1.45 2.45 pm Displaying the case: an overview of ethical and practical dimensions

2.45 – 4pm Displaying the case: working with exemplars.

4.- 4.30 Review of key learning and access to further resources




• £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.
• £220 per day for all other participants.

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Full refund for cancellation one month before the course, NO refunds can be made after this date.

Website and registration:


South East


Longitudinal Research , Secondary Analysis, Data archiving, Data Editing, Documentary Analysis, Biographical Methods/Oral History, Qualitative Approaches (other), Research Ethics

Related publications and presentations:

Longitudinal Research
Secondary Analysis
Data archiving
Data Editing
Documentary Analysis
Biographical Methods/Oral History
Qualitative Approaches (other)
Research Ethics

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