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Open Research seminar: Qualitative Data Presentation, Secondary Analysis and Ethics

THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2024. 12:00 – 13:00 BST

Atttendence link: https://lshtm.zoom.us/j/95778409382

Qualitative research can provide a rich understanding of people’s lived experience that goes beyond what is possible through quantitative approaches. However, the sharing of complex qualitative outputs in a form that maintains research context and protects participant confidentiality remains a challenge for many research studies.

In this seminar, Kahryn Hughes, Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, will consider the key ethical challenges for the reuse and sharing of qualitative research data. She will highlight the ethical value of qualitative data preservation and archiving, as part of a broader ethical temporal sensibility towards social research data and integrity. She explores the rise of qualitative data re-use in the context of the ‘data turn’ and explores how the qualities of qualitative data present distinctive challenges for and within the global drift towards open science and open access. With particular attention to questions of how and why ethical concerns may change over time, she explores what the implications of qualitative data re-use might be for current research practice. In so doing, she explains how social and qualitative researchers can achieve good practice by attending to questions of data integrity and legacy. She will signpost to relevant resources to support good practice in the preparation and organisation of qualitative datasets for the purposes of reuse.

The seminar will comprise a 20-minute talk, followed by Q&A and open discussion. Qualitative researchers are invited to bring questions on all aspects of qualitative research and data sharing.


Kahryn Hughes is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University Leeds. She is first author of ‘Men, Families and Poverty’ (Palgrave Macmillan) a ground-breaking text based entirely on the Qualitative Secondary Analysis of archived research data, lead editor of ‘Qualitative Secondary Analysis’ (SAGE) and Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). Her funded research covers several ESRC flagship programmes including the ‘Research Methods Programme’, and ‘Timescapes’, the most significant ESRC investment in qualitative longitudinal research to date in the UK. She is the current Director of the Timescapes Archive, https://timescapes-archive.leeds.ac.uk/.

LSHTM Open Research seminar series

This event has been organised by the LSHTM Open Research workstream. For further information on this seminar and future events, please contact gareth.knight@lshtm.ac.uk.

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