QUAHRC Seminar Series: Dr Michelle O'Reilly on exploring the challenges of doing applied qualitative research

25 October 2021, 15:00 to 16:00
Online - Zoom
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The Qualitative Applied Health Research Centre and Dr Michelle O'Reilly present the first event in the QUAHRC Seminar Series.

Dr O'Reilly introduces the topic:

"Being an applied qualitative researcher in a contemporary academic environment is simultaneously wonderful and incredibly challenging. In applied fields like health, education, and social care, there is an appetite for qualitative research, and yet quantitative thinking tends to dominate. While on one hand applied qualitative research has seen a surge in popularity in terms of the volume of practitioners using qualitative approaches, the politics of health and social sciences have tempered the parameters of imagination and the academic success of the qualitative community. This is juxtaposed with some fragmentation and critical thinking within the qualitative community itself. Early career researchers, PGRs and senior qualitative scholars who work in applied fields and are passionate about implementation of research into practice not only grapple with methodological concerns and friction, but also managing tensions that arise from within the practice-based field itself."

In this talk, Michelle reflects on her contributions to the arguments and advancement of ideas in terms of six core challenges faced: 

  • Qualitative research as evidence
  • Inter-paradigm versus intra-paradigmatic mixing of methods 
  • Interdisciplinary research to address applied problems
  • How qualitative frameworks change the framing of deontological ethics
  • Quality indicators – universality versus heterogeneity 
  • The politics of social science and its influence on funding, journal acceptance, and teaching. 

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*Please note that this seminar will be recorded and may be made available on our website after the event.

**Please be aware that booking a ticket does not guarantee your place. Admission is on a first come, first served basis for ticket-holders. As the event is free, we have to overbook to allow for no-shows and to avoid having any empty seats which could otherwise be enjoyed by those who would like to attend.