Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme


Dr Thomas Yarrow (Project Lead, Durham University). Tel. 0191 3341624 Email:

Dr Cathrine Degnen (Project Lead, Newcastle University) Tel. 0191 2088467 Email

Writing Across Boundaries was set up by Bob Simpson and Robin Humphrey as a collaboration between the universities of Durham and Newcastle. It was developed with support from the ESRC via the Researcher Development Initiative.

Writing Across Boundaries forms part of the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Centre's (NINE DTP) programme for advanced training for doctoral students in the social sciences.

The broad objective of the project has been to raise the quality of the written output of social science doctoral researchers using qualitative methodologies in general and, more specifically, ethnographic ones. We have attempted to do this by means of regional workshops for second and third year research postgraduates. These workshops have explored the relationship between the collection of different kinds of research materials, analysis and interpretation and how these are connected in the act of writing.
We are conscious that writing-up is a phase in the postgraduate experience in which training and support tends to be less available. While supervisors can give expert guidance in the form of responses to drafts, we believe that there is a need for students to engage in a more general exploration of the theory and practice of writing-up qualitative research. The experience of carrying out the workshops has demonstrated a wider set of interests around the theory and practice of writing in the social sciences. This website and related activities are an atttempt to bring these interests to a wider audience.

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