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12th Qualitative Research Summer School

Workshop Leaders

 Sonia Dalkin

Dr Sonia Dalkin
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences,
Northumbria  University, Newcastle

Dr Sonia Dalkin is a Social Scientist in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Northumbria, England. She is also an active member of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

Sonia has specific interests in palliative care, ageing and complex interventions. She has over 9 years’ experience in realist approaches and now provides training in the approach throughout the UK and internationally.

Her work portfolio reflects her realist experience with projects in palliative care, care planning, dementia care, advice services, sports coaching and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs).

 Dr Claire Moran

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

Dr Claire 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 Briege Casey

Dr Briege Casey
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr Briege Casey is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU). She has held several senior positions within the university including Director of Teaching and Learning and Post Graduate Convenor roles in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences. She was the recipient of the DCU President’s Award for Distinctive Teaching Approaches 2013 and the winner of DCU President’s Award for Engagement 2018. 

Her teaching and research activities/supervision/publications focus on the use of narrative and arts-based approaches in healthcare education, practice and research. She designed and co-ordinates a Health Humanities module of study which has been running successfully in DCU for many years. Her Doctoral research, undertaken at The University of Bristol UK, focused on the use of arts-based inquiry in healthcare education. Her subsequent research is primarily focused on arts-based and narrative approaches in education, research and healthcare practice and she has published and presented widely on this topic. She is a reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing, Qualitative Health Research and Psychology and Health journals

Recent research projects include; exploring terminal illness and attitudes to death through group involvement in needlework; use of gaming technology to advance understanding/coping in mental illness; exploring the embodied experience of chronic renal disease in adolescence through body-mapping; exploring the effects of community choir participation among people with dementia and carers; experiences of collaborative drama and visual art making involving nursing students and marginalised groups.

Her preferred research methodologies involve narrative, ethnographic and participatory approaches.

 Dr Helen Holmes

Dr Helen Holmes
Research Follow, Sustainable Consumption Institute, School of Social Sciences,
University of Manchester, UK

Dr Helen Holmes is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her work explores consumption and materiality with a particular focus upon alternative economies and sustainability.

She has published extensively within this field. A key part of Dr Holmes work involves innovating with methodological approaches, specifically combining more traditional social science methods with more creative and interdisciplinary approaches. This has included developing material methods, and working with oral history and archival approaches.

Dr Holmes is currently editing a collection, Mundane Methods (with Manchester University Press) which explores creative methods for studying everyday life.

 Professor Jack Whitehead

Professor Jack Whitehead
Distinguished Scholar in Residence,
Westminster College, Utah

Professor Jack Whitehead is a former President of the British Educational Research Association and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Westminster College, Utah. He is a Visiting Professor at Ningxia University in China. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Educational Journal of Living Theories ( ). Since 1973 his research programme has focused on the creation of the living educational theories that individual's use to explain their educational influences in their own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of the social formations in which we live and work.

His original contributions to educational knowledge have focused on enquiries of the kind, 'How do I improve what I am doing?' These contributions can be accessed from his web-site at . In the multi-media Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS) he explains how video-data can be used to communicate the life-affirming energy and values of humanity that practitioner-researchers express, as explanatory principles, in their educational relationships and in their explanations of their educational influences ( He is a strong advocate for the use of living-posters ( ) in developing participatory research programmes.

 Professor Paul Flowers

Professor Paul Flowers
Professor of Public Health Psychology,
University of Glasgow, 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
Assistant Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Coventry University, U.K.

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at Coventry University, 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 2014. She led the Mixed Methods for the Health Sciences module at Warwick Medical School from 2015-2019, and has delivered numerous mixed methods workshops in the UK and Ireland. Rebecca founded and co-ordinated the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest group at the University of Warwick from 2015-2019. She has won awards for her innovative approach to Mixed Methods teaching and was Highly Commended in the 2018 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence.

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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