How can I get them to talk? Talking naturally in qualitative research interviews
I once did some auto-ethnography in nightclubs. I didn't have difficulty getting people to share their stories with me even though we had to take turns shouting into each other's ear. So what is going on, what's getting in the way of talking and sharing?
What’s in the Black-Box of the Quirkos Qualitative Researcher Journeys Project?
In funded research, the focus is on research outcomes and findings. Somebody has paid for the research and they want to know the answers. Fewer people want to know how it was done. Research processes are messy, and in qualitative research, they are usually very ‘wordy’, so if and when
Handling interviews in other people’s homes
Previous blogs focused on safety aspects of researching in the field [https://www.quirkos.com/blog/post/practical-advice-for-your-safety/], and one aspect of this is doing qualitative interviews in someone's home. Even though changing COVID rates and restrictions may make this more challenging, there are multiple reasons you might consider a
What do I need to do and know before a qualitative research interview?
When I’m helping researchers prepare to conduct research interviews for the first time, there is a variety of attitudes. Some start with under-estimating the complexity of research interviews. Others are almost paralysed by the fear of the “what if”s. Most experience the more usual mild anxiety...
Practical advice for your safety in the field
So, you’ve arranged some interviews; you’ve had some professional email exchanges and perhaps a pleasant introductory call. Now you’re in the meeting place, the door has closed. You’ve planned for this and you have strategies to keep you safe, haven’t you?
Lone researchers - balancing safety against the reproduction of vulnerability
As a researcher and someone who advises researchers I have an ethical responsibility to warn you about the threats to your safety. But I also have a responsibility not to make my perceptions about my vulnerability into perception of your vulnerability.
What can wild swimming teach us about qualitative research? Traps for the unwary and moments of magic.
Open Water Swimming can be scary, uncovering all sorts of emotions, exposing you to a totally different view of the world, and making you conscious of yourself and the 'self' in context. Can qualitative researchers learn anything from it?