Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching (bookings closed)

Course Code


Organised by

The University of Manchester


Professor Sue Heath and Morgan Centre colleagues


13/11/2017 - 14/11/2017


The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd Campus


View in Google Maps  (M13 9PL)


Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579,


This intermediate level course offers a hands-on introduction to creative approaches to doing qualitative research. The various stages of research will be covered, from data collection and analysis through to writing with qualitative data. We begin by introducing what we mean by doing qualitative research creatively, before moving on to consider some of the key practical and ethical issues in using creative methods. Participants will be given a hands-on introduction to a range of creative qualitative methods, including visual, mobile and material methods, amongst others.  The course will also cover key principles in qualitative data analysis, and how these can be put into practice. Finally, we discuss practical and intellectual strategies for writing with qualitative data, and consider how it is possible to theorise, or write conceptually, with such data. The course includes several practical workshop exercises involving creating and analysing qualitative data, where participants will have the opportunity to work with their own data.

This course will:

  • Introduce students to creative methods both as an approach, and as a means of generating social science research data
  • Introduce students to a range of creative methods
  • Give students practical experience in the use of creative methods
  • Introduce students to analytical strategies appropriate to creative methods
  • Introduce students to strategies for writing with qualitative data


Course requirements

This is an intermediate course where participants will be expected to have a good understanding of the basic principles of qualitative methods and to have some experience of qualitative data collection and analysis. Ideally, participants would be in the position of having their own qualitative data to analyse. Participants will be invited to bring a small excerpt of their own qualitative data (eg text or pictures that can be brought in hard copy) for use in the participative workshop sections, and are also asked to bring along an object which is pertinent to/symbolic of their research.

Applying for a place

Applications should be made via the link below by 4pm on 1st September 2017. You will be asked to include the following details:

  • your name
  • your education
  • your research history (including current position and project)
  • a 200-word supporting statement describing how you would benefit from attending the course

Successful applicants will be notified by 25th September 2017and your place will only be secured once your payment has been processed. 

This course is run by key staff from the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives  Morgan Centre staff are leading practitioners of creative qualitative and mixed methods approaches.


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


For UK registered postgraduate students
For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations
For all other participants


North West


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