Training and Events
Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography
Dr Karen Lumsden
23/11/2017 - 24/11/2017
Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough
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Ethnography is increasingly used as a research tool to provide a reliable evidence base and to inform policy and interventions in diverse disciplines (e.g. education, social sciences, medicine and health), as well as in professional settings. The approach has been adapted, developed and amended in creative ways in response to such demands and to wider social and technological change. This 2-day intensive course is specifically designed to: 1) address the many complex advances in contemporary ethnographic techniques and approaches, and 2) to consider the diverse issues around the application of ethnography to real-world problems and solutions.
The course is suitable for those who wish to take the approach and techniques forward in flexible ways for application to ‘real-world’ scenarios and applied research. It is also designed for those who wish to communicate their ethnographic research findings using non-traditional forms of technology such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs, to ensure they are confident to do so in an ethically sensitive and reflexive manner. The above aspects are unpacked via not just traditional ‘on the ground’ ethnography, but also via consideration of innovative and adaptive ethnographic methods that take the methods forward in finding ways to address atypical ethnographic encounters and specific challenges.
The course will be delivered by Dr Karen Lumsden, an experienced ethnographer and qualitative researcher whose work has engaged with diverse end-users including police forces and local authorities, as she produces findings to assist future policy and practice. She will illustrate ethnographic advancements and adaptations in policy, practice, and public, through a diverse range of real-world case studies and settings, and by drawing on her own experience of research with police, victims groups, and youth cultures. Karen has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals (including the British Journal of Criminology, Sociology, Theoretical Criminology, Policing & Society, and Qualitative Research), has authored books based on ethnographic encounters and reflexivity (including Boy Racers: Youth Masculinity and Deviance, and Reflexivity in Criminological Research), and has taught social science research methods at postgraduate level and also in applied settings to police and practitioners. For more info visit:
Indicative course content:
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
There is no fee but please contact Denise Wade in order to request an application form (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Ethnographic Research, Applied Ethnography
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