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Conducting Ethnographic Research

7th September 2023 @ 9:30 am - 8th September 2023 @ 3:15 am

7-8 September 2023

Conducting Ethnographic Research

Organised by NCRM, University of Southampton
Presenter Dr Alice Stefanelli
Date 07/07/2023 – 08/09/2023
Venue Online
Contact Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Co-Ordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton
Email: [email protected]
Description The aim of this two-day online training course is to introduce participants to the practice and ethics of ethnographic research. Through a mix of plenary sessions, group and independent work, participants will learn the basic principles of participant observation and research design, as well as the foundations of ethical ethnographic research. The course will also examine the ways in which other qualitative and creative methods of data collection may be productively integrated in ethnographic research.

The course covers:

  • Research design
  • Qualitative methods in ethnographic research
  • Access and power
  • Research ethics in participant observation

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the epistemological foundations of ethnographic research
  • Have a solid understanding of ethnographic research in action
  • Be able to design and conduct research integrating qualitative and ethnographic research methods
  • Be able to conduct ethical ethnographic research

The course is suitable for any professional researchers interested in learning more about using ethnographic methods – whether within or outside academia (private sector, government researchers, etc.).

The course is likewise suitable for postgraduate students in any social science (human geography, sociology, business school, political sciences, area studies, education, etc.) with prior knowledge of any qualitative research methods, but not necessarily of ethnography.

Some prior training in qualitative research methods, broadly defined – regardless of whether that includes ethnographic methods specifically.

Day 1

Morning session:

•      9:30-9:45       Introduction to the course

•      9:45-10:45     Plenary – The Practice of Ethnography

•      10:45-11         Break

•      11-12               Group work (reliable data in participant observation), followed by class discussion

Afternoon session:

•      12:45-1:45     Plenary – Qualitative methods in ethnographic practice

•      1:45-2             Break

•      2-3:15             Practical exercise (ethnographic interviews), followed by class discussion

Day 2

Morning session:

•      9:30-10:45      Plenary – Research ethics in ethnography

•      10:45-11           Break

•      11-12                 Group work (access, power & ethics in action), followed by class discussion

Afternoon session:

•      12:45-1:45         Plenary – Writing ethnography

•       1:45-2                Break

•       2-3                     Group work (project design), followed by class discussion

•       3-3:15                Conclusions and Evaluations

Level Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
Cost The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students • £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector • £100 per day for all other participants
Website and registration https://go.soton.ac.uk/f3e
Region South East
Keywords Ethnography, Ethnographic research, Reflexivity, Research ethics, Power and access, Qualitative methods in ethnographic research
Related publications and presentations Ethnography


7th September 2023 @ 9:30 am
8th September 2023 @ 3:15 am
Event Category:


Online event
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