Researching Lives through time: Qualitative Approaches


11/06/2018 - 12/06/2018

Organised by:

The University of Edinburgh


Bren Neale, Emeritus Professor of Life course and family research at The University of Leeds.


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Laura Marshall
0131 651 3001
Working Week: Monday-Wednesday


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Room LG.06, David Hume Tower, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh


This methodology course provides a detailed introduction to Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) Research. It  will establish the significance and value of dynamic approaches to social enquiry and show how time is not simply the medium through which a study is conducted, but a rich theoretical construct and topic of enquiry that drives the generation and analysis of data. The course will highlight the power of QL research to discern the factors that shape the life course, to understand how and why changes and continuities occur, for whom and under what circumstances.

The course will be tailored to the needs of doctoral researchers who are interested in dynamic approaches to social enquiry. Up to 25 places are available on a first come, first served basis. It is important that delegates are committed to attending  the whole two days. The course will be delivered through a series of four lectures, four interactive workshops, and the provision of power point handouts and reading lists.  A small amount of preparation will be needed for the final workshop.

Full Course description


• £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.

Cancellation Policy: Please be reminded that you will be charged the full registration fee if you cancel your place within 4 weeks before the training delivery date or you fail to attend.

If you are able to fill the place on the course you are cancelling then the cancellation charge will not apply

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Longitudinal Research , Sampling , Framework Analysis, Temporal enquiry , Generating temporal data , Managing and analysing temporal data , The ethics of QL research

Related publications and presentations:

Longitudinal Research
Framework Analysis

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