Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching (bookings closed)


08/11/2018 - 09/11/2018

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The University of Manchester


Morgan Centre


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579


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The University of Manchester


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 research design and data collection through to analysis and dissemination. We begin by introducing what we mean by doing qualitative research creatively, both as a broad approach and as a means of generating social science research data, emphasising the importance of putting the researcher’s creativity and imagination at the heart of methodological practice. The course also explores some practical and ethical issues in using creative methods and will include taster sessions of selected creative methods, including various visual and material methods. We will then consider 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, as well as highlighting other creative forms of dissemination. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with their own data at various points over the two days.

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 and other creative forms of dissemination


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 submitted by 4pm on 17th September 2018.To apply please click through to the registration link, you will be asked to provide:

  • 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 1st October 2018 and 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.


• £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.


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