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11th Qualitative Research Summer School

Workshop Leaders

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Dr Kitrina Douglas
Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure,
Leeds Becket University, Leeds, U.K.

Kitrina is an award winning researcher, video/ethnographer, storyteller, musician, and narrative scholar whose research spans the arts, humanities and social sciences. She publishes her research as films, documentaries, and musical theatre, as well as through written peer reviewed publications, magazine articles, on-line publications and books. (see

With David Carless Kitrina has co-author over 50 peer reviewed publications and Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health (Wiley-Blackwell) and  Life story research in sport: A narrative approach to understanding the experiences of elite and professional athletes (Routledge), they are currently finishing their third book, Doing Arts Based Research. As an independent scholar

Kitrina has carried out research for the Department of Health, Addiction Recovery Agency, Women’s Sports Foundation, UK Sport, local authority and NHS Primary Mental Health Care Trusts, and at Leeds Beckett University where she has a fractional contract, the Royal British legion, YHA.

She is Director of the a collaborative virtual community of scholars whose aim is to engage the public and make research more accessible. Each year Kitrina hosts The Public Engagement & Performance Conference drawing scholars from across the globe to share innovative engagement projects which showcases the immense variety of ways to communicate research and document impact.

Kitrina is producer of  "Qualitative Conversations" an online programme which explores different challenges researchers face doing qualitative research. Series one and two are available on the internet channel YouTube:

 Dr Claire Moran

Dr Claire Moran
School of Psychology,
University of Queensland, Australia

DrClaire Moran has a PhD in Health Psychology, examining social constructions of women’s sexuality, and the implications for sexual health.

Dr Moran’s research is predominately qualitative, and she has had 7 papers from her PhD thesis published in peer reviewed journals, and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis. The methods used in this body of work include thematic analysis, discourse analysis, thematic discourse analysis and multi modal critical discourse analysis.

Dr Moran has almost 20 years teaching experience and has delivered numerous lectures and conference presentations based on her own research and also on how to successfully conduct qualitative research. 

Her areas of expertise include women’s sexual health, children and young people’s sexual development, digital technology and domestic violence, and she is currently involved in a number of projects across the areas of health, gender and sexuality education.

 Dr Patrick Brindle

Dr Patrick Brindle
Programme Director
City, University of London, U.K.

Dr Patrick Brindle is Programme Director at City, University of London, on the Publishing MA programmes.

Patrick also runs his own training company called Into Content Limited (

Previously Patrick was Publisher for Research Methods at SAGE Publications.

He has also worked at Oxford University Press as Commissioning Editor for Sociology & Organisation Studies.

Patrick has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge.

 Professor Bernie Carter

Professor Bernie Carter
Professor of Children's Nursing,
Faculty of Health and Social Care,
Edgehill University, UK

Bernie is Professor of Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill University and she is the Director of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit (CNRU) at Alder Hey Children’s NHSFT.

Bernie absolutely believes that research is good for the soul. Her research focuses on children and young people whose lives are disrupted by pain, illness, disability, complex health care needs and disadvantage, and the ways in which this affects their parents, brothers and sisters and family life.

Her work aims to explore issues of importance to children, young people and their families to improve their everyday lives and the treatment provided and services they receive.

Much of Bernie’s research is qualitative; in particular her work is narrative, appreciative, participatory and arts and activities-based.

In the last couple of years, Bernie has been working with performers and writers as a means of disseminating research findings to the wider public.

 Dr Andrew Balmer

Dr Andrew Balmer
Lecturer in Sociology,
University of Manchester, U.K.

Andy is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. His research is focused on everyday life, science and technology and has explored such topics as lying and deception, dementia and care.

He has taught at three Russell Group universities, on a diverse range of subjects, including research methods, personal life, social movements, media studies and sociology of science.

He is currently conducting research into the experience of changes in the relationships of people living with dementia and their carers, alongside an ongoing project on the sociology of lying, as well as a further study of the potential for collaboration between natural and social scientists.

 Professor Paul Flowers

Professor Paul Flowers
Professor of Public Health Psychology,
Glasgow Caledonian University, U.K.

Paul is Professor of Public Health psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University where he leads inter-disciplinary public health research.

He has a long standing interest in methodological innovation and is particularly interested in how qualitative research methods can be used within applied health research.

He is also committed to using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) within applied research. He is proud to be co-author of the first book dedicated to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (

 Dr Rebecca Johnson

Dr Rebecca Johnson
Senior Research Fellow,
Warwick Medical School,
University of Warwick, U.K.

Rebecca is a Senior Research Fellow within the research group ‘Collaborations for Leadership in Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)’ in the West Midlands, UK.

Her interests lie in the intersection of public health practice, epidemiology and the social sciences. She focusses on three areas of study: mixed methods data integration; the evaluation of 'healthy lifestyle’ interventions, and knowledge mobilisation: the movement of research knowledge into active use.

Rebecca has taught Mixed Methods since 2015. She co-leads the Mixed Methods for the Health Sciences module at Warwick Medical School, and has delivered the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) workshop “Mixing it up: Mixed Methods Advanced Training Workshop”.  Rebecca Coordinates the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest group at the University of Warwick.

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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