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Digital, Imaginative, and Bricolage Qualitative Research Design: A Pathway for Exploring Researcher Identity

3rd July 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Date: Friday 3rd July

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Microsoft Teams

Deadline for applications: Friday 26th June to [email protected]

Download the application form.


This session will explore the concept of Researcher Identity using a qualitative bricolage methodological approach by embracing the debates around imagination and artful approaches for Professional Development (Armstrong, 2018). This session will present a range of imaginative qualitative research designs including:

  • Auto ethnographic practices

  • Reflexivity

  • Arts based

  • Reflexive Digital Bricolage

The primary focus of the session is to consider the ‘researcher’ and their positionality within the research design by embracing digital and imaginative qualitative research design. This will explore this in terms of understanding the following questions:

  • What is my Researcher Identity in terms of my chosen career and profession?

  • Do I understand why I position and choose certain research designs?

  • To what extent can I discuss and critically reflect upon my identity as a researcher?


At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Debate and critically discuss the transformative influence of bricolage qualitative research design for exploring Researcher Identity.

  2. Explore and become critical aware of researcher positionality for imaginative qualitative research design

  3. Discuss, debate and critically explore the concept of ‘data’ beyond traditional data extracted from interview and focus group transcripts. This will include the use of poetics, drawings, and artful artefacts as personal cultural texts (Findlay, 2005; 2013). This ‘data’ allows for artful embodiment of identity including Researcher Identity.


This will be delivered as a 3 hour interactive workshop for doctoral students and will include:

  • Introduction to Digital Imaginative Qualitative Research Design for professional development exploring Researcher Identity interactive discussion and debate (45 minutes)

  • Short break

  • Discussion on Digital Imaginative Qualitative Research Design for exploring Researcher Identity (45 minutes)

  • Short break

  • Plenary and demonstration reflexive digital bricolage research designs (1 hour)


Dr Paul-Alan Armstrong, VC Teaching Fellow, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer HRM and Leadership

School of Business and Management, University of Sunderland


3rd July 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC