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The Timescapes 10 Festival

Monday 5 - Friday 16 September, 2022

The Timescapes 10 Festival


Dear Delegates

Unfortunately, Professor Ann Oakley is unable to attend tomorrow's session as the BT cable in her area has been cut through and she does not have online capabilities.

I know that this will be a tremendous disappointment to many people, and Ann herself is very conscious of this.

The panel session will still be going ahead, and the filmed interview with Ann will be screened as part of it. However, we recognise that this won't be as exciting as having Ann there in person.

In the meantime, we hope that you are enjoying the Festival so far.

Kahryn and Anna


The Festival link for registered delegates is:

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Logging in:

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If this doesn’t work then an email to NCRM will be needed. Staff at NCRM know that we will be launching the festival and will be on hand to support delegates with any tech issues. If you need to contact the NCRM team, email us at

Twitter: We are using #TS10fest as the Festival hashtag, and look forward to reading your Tweets.


Unless otherwise specified, all morning sessions begin at 10am and all afternoon sessions at 1pm. 

5th  September 2022, KEYNOTES:

10.10am Welcome to the Timescapes 10 Festival, and Introductions for the first Keynote Speakers, Dr Kahryn Hughes and Professor Anna Tarrant

10.30am Professor Barbara Adam, Timescapes Challenges Revisited: Opening Keynote Address for International Online Celebration of Timescapes + 10

This presentation builds on my talk for the launch of the Timescapes project ten years ago where I set out in detail my concept of Timescapes. Today I revisits some of the challenges that I identified then and argue that recognition of time as the connective web of life is key to living beyond either-or choices and aids efforts to recognise communalities despite differences, thus helps us bridge embodied experiences and anxieties with the expanding power of mindful care that extends into open futures.

11.10am Professor Bren Neale: Fluid Enquiry, Causal Complexity, Policy Processes: Making a Difference with Qualitative Longitudinal Research 

Based on a recently published article in Social Policy and Society (2021), this presentation sets out the contours of Qualitative Longitudinal Research and explores its potential to ask new questions about what works (or fails to work) in policy interventions and professional practice. The particular focus is on the fluidity and complexity of causal processes. These themes will also be explored in a related Festival event: an international, interdisciplinary symposium on Causal Complexity.

11.50am Question and Answer session with Professors Adam and Neale

1pm Professor Mike Savage, The Politics of Archiving

Mike Savage will reflect on the changing historical form of the in-depth qualitative interview, drawing on his own experiences since the 1980s, as well as recent debates about the politics of archiving, and the challenges of re-analysing archived qualitative social science data. Mike will reflect on the potential to challenge the disciplinary divide between history and sociology which these recent affordances have allowed. This presentation will conclude with a Question and Answer session.

2pm Professor Rosalind Edwards, The Complexity of Longitudinal Big Qual

In this brief keynote I will consider the importance of ‘big qual’ data, qualitative longitudinal data and the Timescapes Archive in the face of administrative big data, data hubs, data linkage and predictive analytics.  In particular, I’ll consider how the complexity in longitudinal big qual may help explain why predictive endeavours in the field of family and child intervention so far have been ineffective. This presentation will conclude with a Question and Answer session.

3pm Masud Khokhar, Opportunities and Challenges in Decolonisation of Libraries

This keynote will introduce a selection of opportunities and challenges in the decolonisation and diversification efforts in libraries. Attendees will be provided context around the current initiatives aiming to support decolonisation in our collections, workforce, artworks, and archives, particularly in light of the work being undertaken by two major UK library associations, RLUK and SCONUL. Lastly, it will highlight the opportunities that come with contemporary collecting approaches and digital possibilities to expand the narratives that exist in libraries. This presentation will conclude with a Question and Answer session.

Dr Kahryn Hughes, The role of Qualitative Archives in Open Science, 

This pre-recorded presentation will introduce a two-week long consultation event where attendees are invited to comment on how they use qualitative archives and qualitative research data, ask questions about the practicalities, ethics and challenges of doing so. The aims of this are to foster and develop new cross-disciplinary dialogues, and begin the integration of questions concerning the distinctive qualities of qualitative data in the broader debates on Open Science. Attendee's comments will be addressed during the Round Table discussion on the final Friday, 16th September.

6th September 2022:


10 am Temporal Methodologies, Chair Professor Karen Henwood

Time, change, interpretive practice: A long view of creative QLL research. Professor Karen Henwood, Dr Fiona Shirani

Our talk will address issues in the design, practice and ethics of research that adopts a temporally sensitive approach involving multiple research encounters with the same participants over time, and where a key aim is often to understand dynamic processes of societal change.  In the context of multidisciplinary teamwork and stakeholder collaborations, a characteristically sociological interest may involve paying attention to timely issues and innovative questions that are designated socio-technical, socio-cultural or  socio-environmental/ecological/sustainable. Our mode of address turns takes a long view, by situating qualitative longitudinal research within interpretive social science and drawing upon qualitative research traditions of interviewing, multi-modal ethnography and psychosocial studies. Drawing on examples from established qualitative longitudinal research projects, beginning with our project as part of the Timescapes network, we explore three main methodological issues: intensive and extensive designs; temporality and flexibility; and the use of supplementary multimodal techniques. Through these examples the value of qualitative longitudinal design is demonstrated, highlighting creative practice, policy relevance, and emergent gaps that qualitative longitudinal research has the potential to address.

Recent reference : Henwood, K., and Shirani, F. (2022). Qualitative research design: Time, change, interpretive practice, in Uwe Flick (Ed) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Design.

Co-travellers in time? The diverse temporalities of oral history methods, Dr Laura Fenton

This presentation explores temporalities in the context of oral history research. Past projects exploring life histories and place histories and an ongoing project on futures will be discussed to disentangle the fluid and complex nature of time in the ‘now’ of the interview encounter. As sites of ‘time travel’, oral history interviews create conditions for enactments of temporally mobile and temporally multiple selves. The presentation considers both the methodological possibilities and ethics of venturing into shared journeys through time with research participants.

Developing a temporal ethical sensibility for Qualitative Secondary Analysis, Dr Kahryn Hughes and Professor Anna Tarrant

This presentation focuses on ethical strategies and sensibilities that comprise an ethical compass for working with research data archived in research repositories that have in place gold standard protocols for deposit and access, such as the Timescapes Archive. We describe how a temporal ethical sensibility towards such research data can inform on and enhance approaches to the sharing and  qualitative secondary analysis (or QSA) of these data. In developing our ideas around a temporal ethical sensibility, we refer to a shift from a sole focus on the ‘duties’ which concern participant-facing ethics within the research process, to one which also recognises researcher–researcher relationships that extend beyond the original contexts of research. Furthermore, such temporal ethics, as we formulate it here, facilitates a view of the preservation and reuse of data as part of a broader commitment to retaining the social histories of those with least access to digital participation are available long into the future.


1pm Qualitative Research in Long-Term Panel Studies: Giving Voice to Cohort Members, Chair: JD Carpentieri

What are the benefits and challenges of conducting qualitative longitudinal research within the framework of quantitative panel studies? This symposium explores that question through the experiences of qualitative researchers who work with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies’ British birth cohort studies, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, and the multinational Young Lives study. The multidisciplinary panel members share recent empirical findings and discuss the methodological affordances and complexities of conducting qualitative research within primarily quantitative contexts.


  • Jane Elliott, University of Exeter (UK birth cohort studies)
  • Chris Jeppeson, University of Cambridge (UK birth cohort studies)
  • Deb Loxton, University of Newcastle, Australia (Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health)
  • Presenter TBC, University of Oxford (Young Lives)
  • JD Carpentieri, UCL (UK birth cohort studies)

7th September 2022

Morning, 10am

Professor Ann Oakley, Professor Graham Crow, Professor John Goodwin

This session will open with the screening of a filmed interview with Professor Ann Oakley, on the themes of Gender, Family and Legacy.

Graham Crow will reflect on using Ann Oakley’s published work from the last five decades to write a book about her career. His presentation will consider how different formats (autobiographical writing, biographical writing about her father and other relatives, poetry, novel-writing, published interviews, website resources) work in different ways to convey the character of a life in and beyond academia.

John Goodwin will outline and reflect upon the life and work of Pearl Jephcott focusing particularly on her methodological imagination and creativity. Using examples from her research from diaries, art, observational writings, and drawings as well as the various ephemera Jephcott collected along the way, some consideration will be given to significance this body of work has for contemporary research practices.

Afternoon, 1pm - 4pm

‘Getting Personal With Existing Data: Methods of Qualitative Secondary Analysis’, Dr Kahryn Hughes and Professor Anna Tarrant

This three-hour workshop will develop your knowledge and skills in reusing and analysing archived qualitative data. Methods of Qualitative Secondary Analysis (QSA) enable qualitative researchers to engage analytically with questions of data reuse for the purposes of building new research directions, questions and analyses, in the endeavour of rigorous qualitative research. Such questions include how data may be put to new uses and how they are rendered as particular kinds of evidence in relation to specific analytic foci and substantive concerns.

Over the three hours, guided data analysis will be structured by short presentations that focus on introducing methods of qualitative secondary data analysis, covering key methodological debates in the field. Group and paired work will involve using existing qualitative data to explore the possibilities, limitations and challenges of ‘depth-to-breadth’ methods of QSA.

8th September 2022, 

Morning, 10am

Data Dive Workshop: Reaching Vulnerable Populations through Secondary Analysis, Maureen Haaker and Anca Vlad

This 2-hour workshop gives participants a change to explore qualitative data available through the UK Data Service, with a focus on sources which capture the voices of hard-to-reach populations. The workshop features a range of qualitative, text-based sources, including refugee testimony, children's voices, and data from those deemed "unable to consent". Guided, hands-on activities will help participants to explore and analyse each collection and critically discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing qualitative secondary analysis.

Afternoon, 1pm

Researching Social Security and Welfare Conditionality in Tough Times, Chair Professor Sharon Wright

This session explores the challenges and benefits of researching lived experiences of social security and welfare conditionality over time using Qualitative Longitudinal Research.  Speakers reflect on their experiences of interviewing vulnerable and traumatised people about the welfare system during the austerity era and through the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • QLR Secondary Analysis of Welfare Conditionality Project Data for Gender, Sharon Wright
  • Veterans, conditionality and trauma, Lisa Scullion, David Young and Phil Martin
  • Welfare at a Social Distance – QLR during Covid, Kate Summers

9th September 2022

Morning, 10am

Showcasing Qualitative Archives and Collections

Introducing The Mass Observations Archive: Fiona Courage, Director of Mass Observation Archive and Kirsty Pattrick, Mass Observation Projects Officer

An introduction to the Mass Observation Archive as a source of qualitative secondary data. For over 40 years its national panel of volunteer writers have generated narratives rich in their documentation of everyday life in Britain: their experiences, thoughts, and opinions. The volunteers candid accounts highlight the nature of trust that has been nurtured over decades and provide a source of longitudinal data for researchers across disciplines. Fiona Courage and Kirsty Pattrick will provide insights to the archive and their current Wellcome funded project Mass Observing COVID-19.

Everyday Childhoods Using the Mass Observations Archive, Professor Rachel Thomson, Dr Liam Berriman,

The Mass Observation Archive has been an inspiration to many sociologist – through its focus on the everyday, pioneering of citizen researchers and the creation of longitudinal data sets for sharing and reusing over time. University of Sussex sociologists Rachel Thomson and Liam Berriman worked with the MOA to imagine and co-create a collection exploring everyday childhoods. The project was a methodological experiment – testing the capacity of MO to work with digital data and children and their families as depositors, and testing the potentialities of digital methods for capturing the lived temporalities of children’s lives from the changing rhythms of a single day through to changing crazes for toys, technologies and fashions. The collaboration resulted in the Everyday Childhoods Archive and an open access book – Researching Everyday Childhoods.

The Dialect and Heritage Project, University of Leeds, Dr Fiona Douglas

Sharing some of the rich and varied types of data that we have in the original archive collection, the new complementary material we are collecting as part of the Dialect and Heritage project, and to explore how this rich, varied, multimedia dataset might be used in new collaborations and partnerships to take the project forward in new directions. In this first phase of the project, much of our focus has been on dialect, but the archive and the new data we are collecting are likely to be of interest to a much wider body of researchers, who would be able to bring their own areas of expertise to bear, and possibly work with us as collaborators on the next phase;  the archive and new data are rich in social history, photography, mapping, spatial and social connections possibilities.

12th September 2022:


10 am Decolonising Archives? Some Thoughts and Some Questions, Chair Etienne Joseph

Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael) first coined the term 'Institutional Racism' in 1967 as part of his analysis of the subtle, yet palpable way institutional structures produce and reproduce inequalities negatively affecting people of the global majority in general, and people of African heritage in particular. Despite much recent talk of 'Decolonisation', archives in the UK have been slow to tangibly define this term and decide upon the practical actions necessary to make it a reality. Further, and surprisingly for a profession prizing the concepts of 'context' and 'provenance' so highly, it has been rare for these debates to properly take into account either the imperial roots of modern archival science, or the persistent spectre of institutional racism in society as a whole; the presence of which shapes the operation of archival institutions and affects the way these institutions are perceived by those they seek to influence.

Decolonising the Archive (DTA) was founded some eight years ago to explore, devise and recover an African-centred archival science. We are a modular collective all directly, or indirectly engaged in thinking through, via practical intervention, questions of the archive. In this session, DTA founders Etienne Joseph and Connie Bell, and close collaborator, Professor Gus John will explore theoretical and practical questions arising out of the will to decolonise archives - paying special attention to the context and provenance of UK archival institutions and bearing in mind the contextual frame offered by the Timescapes Festival itself.


Professor Gus John: Professor Gus John is a Grenadian-born writer, campaigner, consultant, lecturer and researcher, who has done notable work in the fields of education policy, management and international development. Since the 1960s he has been active in issues of education and schooling in Britain's inner cities,  also working in a number of university settings, including as visiting Faculty Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, as an associate professor of education and honorary fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education, and visiting professor at Coventry University. Professor John was a co-founder of the George Padmore Institute, an archive and research centre which grew out of a community of political and cultural activists connected with New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publisher and bookshop established in 1966.

Connie Bell: Connie Bell is a founding member of Decolonising The Archive (DTA). She is a Memory Worker, Practitioner, Cultural Producer and Theatre Director whose work explores decolonisation and diasporic narratives. Connie is currently engaged in a doctoral research project focused on the archives of Caribbean theatre in the UK and their reparative potential.

Dr Etienne Joseph: Etienne Joseph is an archivist, memory worker and co-founder of DTA . His work contributes to the development of an African-diasporic archival methodology centring preservation through use and drawing on Pan-African ways of knowing in his theorisation and praxis of 'the archive'. Etienne currently leads DTA's independent course 'Correcting Our Collecting: An Introduction to African-Centred Archiving' at London's Black Cultural Archives, and is part of a team of African heritage Archivists and Librarians supporting the development of the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora in Accra, Ghana.

Join Decolonising The Archive founder Dr Etienne Joseph in conversation with colleagues and collaborators on the latitude and limits of decolonising archives.


12.50pm to 4.50 pm (British Summer Time)

Exploring Causal Complexity through Qualitative Longitudinal Research

Convenors: Professor Bren Neale and Professor Anna Tarrant

12.50 pm                      Bren Neale

Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium  

1.00 pm:           Hari Tsoukas

From Complex Causality to Complex Understanding: Background, Emergence, and Flow in addressing Organizational and Policy Problems

Drawing on phenomenology, I will articulate doubts concerning the extent to which complex causality helps us address organizational and policy problems. I will suggest, instead, that researchers and practitioners alike should be concerned with complex understanding - the ability to make holistic sense of background, emergence and flow that typically characterize organizational life. I will further suggest how deliberate change may be understood and brought about in organized contexts.

1.30 pm:           Lasse Gerrits and Sofia Pagliarin

                        Unfolding Fluid Realities: Thoughts on Capturing Time

The ways in which reality unfolds over time is notoriously hard to capture. One of the keys lies in in-depth, longitudinal inquiry. However, there are ample operational issues with this kind of research, such as how one may move beyond descriptions. We will look back at how we have tried to capture fluid realities and will propose some possible avenues for future research.

2.00 pm:           Q and A

2.15 pm:           Refreshment Break

2.30 pm:           Lynn Calman

Understanding the Process of Self-Management when Living with Advanced Cancer: A Multi-Perspective Longitudinal Qualitative Approach. 

This presentation will explore causal complexity from the perspective of health services research. The focus is on the experiences of people living with advanced cancer and the self-management of their illness, which is a key component of the personalised care approach to cancer care in the UK. Learning from the experiences of people living with advanced cancer, and of those close to them, we are uncovering the complex causal processes that underpin self-management and gaining insight into what matters to people in terms of outcomes. This vital ‘insider’ knowledge is helping us to understand how self-management strategies unfold, whether and in what ways they change over time, and what is effective in different illness contexts and circumstances. Revealing the fluid and interacting elements of these complex processes will support the development of person-centred service interventions for those living with advanced cancer.

2.50 pm:           Tanja Dall and Sophie Danneris

Implications of Relational Causality on Research with Vulnerable Populations

Drawing on the concept of relational causality, this presentation will suggest that public welfare policies gain their effects in relational processes in which different actors continuously perform, (re)produce and enact given practices across various contexts. Recognition of such complexity has implications for research methodology and (potential) impact on policy development. In our presentation we will briefly introduce the concept of relational causality before discussing how to bring these ideas into research with vulnerable welfare claimants and how such an approach may impact welfare policy.

3.10 pm            Emma Davidson

The Contribution of Qualitative Longitudinal Research to Understanding Homelessness

This presentation explores qualitative longitudinal research and the unique insight it can provide into understandings of homelessness. Qualitative longitudinal designs can enable dynamic insight into the complex causal processes associated with becoming homeless; how people are churned through, out and (often) back into homeless services; and their choices, behaviours and responses at different points in the journey. Gaining a complex understanding of how policy works in everyday lives can help evidence the resources, services and policies required to make positive, sustainable outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

3.30 pm            Q and A

3.45 pm            Refreshment Break

4.00 pm            Panel Session: Chair Anna Tarrant

The presenters will be invited to give short reflections on key themes emerging from the symposium. Delegates will be invited to engage in debate and discussion about these themes, including the usefulness of the concept of causality; the complex nature of dynamic understandings; how these complexities may be discerned in research practice; and the implications for engaging with and shaping real-world processes in varied disciplinary and policy contexts.

13th September 2022

13th - 15th September

NCRM Training: Working with large amounts of qualitative data:
an introduction to the Breadth-and-Depth Methods
Professor Rosalind Edwards, Dr Emma Davidson, Dr Susie Weller and Professor Lynn Jamieson

Join us for an exciting and flexible online course that will develop your knowledge and skills for working with qualitative data at scale: ‘big qual’.  Discover cutting-edge analytic methods with applications across archival research, social media research, secondary analytic practice and other research arenas in which large amounts of diverse qualitative data, including longitudinal, are brought together and analysed.

Gain guided experience of the unique four-step Breadth and Depth Method to enable you to combine extensive coverage with intensive illumination, moving between the span of big qual analysis and the detail of qualitative engagement.

The course is suitable for early career as well as more experienced researchers.  The course is accessible for researchers with quantitative, as well as those with qualitative skills, but you will need to be familiar with the purpose and process of qualitative research.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • gain hands-on experience of accessing, searching, obtaining and organising large amounts of qualitative data;
  • practice identifying and exploring datasets using contextual metadata;
  • learn how to undertake preliminary exploration across the breadth of big qual using basic text analysis software;
  • acquire an understanding of using analytic software to identify points of interest and select cases to follow up;
  • learn about and undertake in-depth analysis of selected cases to deal with context, complexity and detail; and
  • understand the iterative relationship between extensive and intensive explorations enabled by the
    Breadth-and-Depth Method.

To register:

14th September 2022:

Morning, 10am

An International Panel: The Longitudinal Dynamics of Intergenerational Poverty

Thinking about the future: Young people in low-income families. Professor Julia Brannen

In this paper I will examine how young people living in low-income families  think about the  future. I will draw on a European study that focussed on food poverty among parents and their 11-16 year old children in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis.  This study afforded an opportunity to understand how young people think about and manage their lives in the present and also, through the concepts of temporality, the life course and agency, how they frame their time horizons and their aspirations for their future lives under the constraints of material insecurity and associated conditions of uncertainty.

Pathways to the intergenerational transmission of poverty and low-income: the impact of family change in historical and life-course context, Professor Jane Gray

A substantial literature addresses the phenomenon of ‘diverging destinies’ (McLanahan 2004) whereby family patterns associated with the ‘second demographic transition’ may contribute to increased social inequality across the generations because children in lower income families are more likely to experience family instability. Recent research has highlighted the extent of variation in pathways to instability across the life course, for example in the transition to lone parenthood, but there has been comparatively little research on the consequences of these differences across generations. This presentation will draw on evidence from the Irish Research Council funded Enabling Resilience project to demonstrate the potential of a qualitative lens on the life course to address these questions.

Complicating the dynamics of linked lives:  Family complexity and intergenerational trauma for men in low-income families, Professor Kevin Roy, University of Maryland, College Park

Men in low-income families are uniquely situated within complex family configurations due to multiple co-parenting relationships and residential fluidity in their families of origin and procreation. Such dynamic family networks also increase men’s contact with punitive social institutions in the US.  This presentation explores how qualitative longitudinal methods effectively capture the dynamics of linked lives and increasing family complexity over time – specifically for fathers, partners, and citizens as they heal from intergenerational trauma related to experiences of incarceration, migration, discrimination, and poverty.  We will draw from life history interviews (with life history grid data) from a diverse set of 200 low-income men in the US, including cohorts of incarcerated fathers, transnational migrant fathers, as well as young emerging adult men navigating the margins of school and work.

'Recovering' accounts of men's inter- and multi-generational family participation through  hardship over time, Dr Kahryn Hughes and Professor Anna Tarrant

This presentation reports on a programme of shared work using data from four linked datasets from studies in low income localities in which we focus on men’s intergenerational and longitudinal family participation in low-income contexts. A central concern is to identify experiences of multidimensional disadvantage and hardship over time, described as the longitudinal dynamics of poverty. Analysing participant experiences of low-income family life to explore these dynamics, we consider how enduring poverty shapes opportunities and limits for family participation, specifically for men, and consider how broader formal and informal policy involvements and dependencies may contour families intergenerationally.

Afternoon, 1pm

Fathers and Qualitative Longitudinal Research, Chair: Professor Anna Tarrant

Using longitudinal data to explore the relationship between fathers’ childcare involvement and children’s educational attainment in primary school, Helen Norman

In this presentation, I introduce the “PIECE” (“Paternal Involvement and its Effects on Children’s Education”) project, which uses longitudinal data from the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study - a nationally representative cohort survey - to explore the relationship between fathers’ childcare involvement and their children’s educational attainment through primary school.

Previous research shows that early parental childcare involvement is critical for supporting children’s development but this is a conclusion drawn from research conducted with mothers or ‘parents’ more generally (e.g. Del Bono et al 2016; Fomby and Musick 2018; Hsin and Felfe 2014). There is little evidence to show whether and how fathers impact on their children’s education, independent of mothers, and at what stage of the child’s life this might be most important. Paternal involvement may have different consequences, by supporting progression in particular academic subjects, helping to close gender gaps in attainment and/or moderating the known detrimental effects of poverty.

In this presentation, I reflect on the first stage of analysis that focuses on exploring the relationship between fathers’ childcare involvement and educational attainment at one time point, when children are age five. I then reflect on the second stage of analysis, which introduces longitudinal data to account for fathers’ pre-school involvement. This second stage adds further nuance and insight to the findings, which show that paternal involvement does has a unique and important effect on attainment at school. I also reflect on some of our qualitative work, which involved bringing in the voices of fathers to enhance our understandings of the long-term relationship between paternal care and attainment at school.

Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University, When does qualitative longitudinal research end?

While qualitative research rejects positivist notions of fixity and prediction, qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) emphasises the temporal dimensions of experience and understanding as well as problematizing linear constructions of time. Yet research designed for funding bodies and university ethics committees also has to accept and invoke notions of linear time, which acknowledge a start and end point of a research project. This is also the case in QLR research as researchers plot interview and other timelines in relation to a particular phenomenon or unfolding experience. In doing so, we are invited to pay particular attention to recruitment and consent, but not to how we will eventually leave the ‘field’ and participants and end the research. In this presentation the question of how and when QLR research (ever) ends will be explored, using examples from two fatherhood projects.

Esther Dermott, Fathers experiencing separation: the potential of longitudinal data

This presentation draws on material from a Nuffield funded study (PATCHES) exploring fathers, mothers, and children’s experience of family separation with a focus on decision making and forms of support. The responses of fathers reaffirm the argument that separation is a process rather than a single event while drawing attention to some specific changes in circumstances over time such as children’s living arrangements. Together these provide further support for the value of longitudinal research as capturing dynamic processes. However, they also raise questions about choices over the timing of longitudinal interviews and emphasise the extent to which the focus for analysis should be on processes and change rather than an effort to capture ‘completeness’. 

‘How’s Your Father?’ Using Qualitative Longitudinal data to create community theatre. Dr Georgia Philip, Centre for Research on Children & families, University of East Anglia.

This presentation focuses on one example of how I have used qualitative longitudinal research data in public engagement work. I will begin by briefly describing the unique collaboration, between four local organisations, that led to the creation and performance of a theatre show called ‘How’s Your Father?’ The presentation will explore how we used the qualitative longitudinal data, why this material was so productive and the challenges and benefits of working collaboratively and creatively to use academic research for making theatre.

How’s Your Father?  (HYF) is a theatre show about challenged and challenging dads, using storytelling of four different men’s experiences to explore wider themes including authority, social work, gender, parenting and masculinity. It drew on our research studies ‘Counting Fathers In: men’s experiences of child protection services’ (2014-17) and ‘Up Against it: understanding fathers and recurrent care proceedings’ (2018-2020). Both studies were funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and both involved a QL study of men’s transitions, turning points and trajectories as sons, partners, and fathers over the course of their lives.

Anna Tarrant: Sustaining strategies of cocreation through qualitative longitudinal research: the Following Young Fathers programme of research

This talk describes the strategies of cocreation and partnership working with young fathers and family support professionals that have been sustained through three phases of the Following Young Fathers programme of research. The Young Dads Collective model of practice is described as a mechanism for supporting young fathers as 'experts by experience' in promoting the benefits of father-inclusive practice to professionals.


Link to 10-minute promotional video about ‘How’s Your father?’:

Link to full 35-minute documentary about ‘How’s Your father?’:

Link to Research Briefing for the original project ‘Up Against It’: Understanding fathers’ repeat appearance in local authority care proceedings: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22410.18882/1

Link to research article on fathers’ experiences of repeat care proceedings:

NCRM Methods Training Event: Introducing the Irish Qualitative Data Archive, Professor Jane Gray and Dr Aileen O'Carroll

This half day short course will introduce delegates to the opportunities for qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) offered by the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and the Digital Repository of Ireland.  It will focus on two themes:

  • Opportunities for the creation of cross-national data assemblages for QSA
  • Reflection on some challenges associated with sharing and re-using potentially traumatising data and Facebook data.

The course will spotlight the innovative Archiving Reproductive Health collection.  Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this uniquely broad collection focuses on the 2015 referendum to liberalise access to abortion in Ireland. The collection includes interviews with activists and doctors. Organisational data has been donated by some of the main groups campaigning for increased access to abortion, including a wide collection of pro-choice artists work. Other collections include a database of tweets from the referendum period, a collection of posts from the InHerShoes Facebook page and a collection of images of posters and streets in the time period leading up to the referendum. The addition of interviews conducted in twenty years leading up to the referendum and in the years after the referendum add to the longitudinal perspective of this social movement for change.

15th September 2022

Morning, 10am

Histories of Reusing and Sharing Qualitative Data: Qualitative Secondary Analysis and International Qualitative Secondary Analysis, Chair Dr Kahryn Hughes

Pseudonyms unpacked – an animated abstract, Dr Janet Heaton

‘Pseudonyms unpacked’ is a light-hearted animation depicting some of the deliberations involved in anonymising qualitative data that are often glossed in published findings. Made in Powerpoint, this short film is based on a recent publication in Qualitative Inquiry by Janet Heaton. Janet has a long-standing interest in the secondary analysis of qualitative data and is author of Reworking Qualitative Data (Sage 2004) and other works on the topic.

Data Reuse Across International Contexts: Possibilities and Challenges, Dr Kahryn Hughes, Professor Vibeke Asmussen Frank, Dr Maria Herold, Dr Esben Houborg

This presentation reports on the first phase of a longer programme of international development in methods of international Qualitative Secondary Analysis (iQSA) using datasets from studies exploring data mis-use that span a period of 20 years of active fieldwork in Denmark and the UK. We discuss the early challenges for translating evidence across international contexts, what strategies might be best placed to support or facilitate this, and the empirical value iQSA might have. Working across international contexts involved new 'translational' work to address the challenges of establishing and sharing meaning, and how collective reflexive engagement with empirical cases generated new and novel questions. We move on to introduce the next two planned phases of the programme and some of the innovations needed to support data analysis across international contexts.

All Day:

NCRM Methods Training Event: Introducing Qualitative Longitudinal Research: From Design to Analysis (online)

Professor Bren Neale

This one-day online, interactive course will provide a practical introduction to qualitative longitudinal enquiry. The morning session will explore key design features of this methodology, including how to build time into a study, how to sample through time, how to generate temporal data, the ethics of longitudinal enquiry, and the potential to create real-time impact in policy processes. The afternoon session will focus on the intricate nature of QL analysis. The course will comprise two lectures and two interactive workshops (see below for further details). The course will be delivered by Bren Neale, a specialist in QL research and the author of two books on this methodology.

Friday 16th September: Round Table Event on The Future of Qualitative Archives

Morning, 10am - 12pm

This Round Table will host representatives from the Mass Observations Archive, the UK Data Archive, the Timescapes Archive, and the Irish Qualitative Data Archive, as well as interdisciplinary speakers from the Festival. This Round Table links to the crowdsourcing event introduced by Dr Kahryn Hughes on 5th September, inviting comments, questions, suggestions that will be addressed during this Round Table by leading thinkers in the field.


Video Provocations:

Socially Distanced Qualitative Longitudinal Research: Insights from the Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People Study, Dr Angharad Butler-Rees

Undertaking qualitative longitudinal research can present a number of opportunities and challenges, when working with vulnerable populations. Recruitment and retention of hard-to-reach populations have always posed a challenge to qualitative longitudinal research, but these have arguably been made harder by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to socially distance. This video will provide some reflection from our experience of conducting socially distanced longitudinal research as part of the Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People study which started in March 2021 during the third national lockdown in England. In this video we discuss how we adapted our research approach, moving both our recruitment strategies and research methods online. We further discuss the effectiveness of this approach along with the potential for use of online qualitative longitudinal research approaches with hard-to-reach populations beyond the current pandemic, drawing reflections from our recently published paper (Butler-Rees and Chatzitheochari, 2022).

 ‘Breaking the fourth wall’ in Qualitative Secondary Analysis: experiences of engaging with the primary research team, Dr Annie Irvine

This provocation relates to my experiences of making contact with the primary research team, when embarking on a qualitative secondary analysis of archived data. My feelings ranged between anxiety, apprehension, awe, guilt, gratitude and excitement. I borrow (perhaps clumsily!) the metaphor of ‘breaking the fourth wall’ to reflect this experience of stepping outside of the comfort of a discrete textual archive to acknowledge and engage with the real-world researchers who invested in the data, some of whom are still actively working with it and others who have since moved on and have other priorities and preoccupations. This engagement has been overwhelmingly positive but has not been without some tensions and dilemmas. I will reflect on conflicts about ‘bothering’ the primary research team, about profiting from their work, about accessing information beyond the archive and about reconciling my own research interests with theirs.

Ethical implications of longitudinal visual research during COVID-19,  Dr. Emma Smith, Dr. Melody Carter, Dr. Paul Hazell, Dr. Elaine Walklet

This PhD research investigated the complex experiences of individuals in recovery from problem substance use using a visual research method known as ‘Photovoice’. Eight clients of a substance misuse recovery organisation were recruited to participate. Participants were given digital cameras and asked to take and share meaningful photographs which were subsequently discussed during interviews. Although they were originally given three months to accomplish this, due to the pandemic participants were engaged in this research project for 18-months. Visual research with this population requires an assessment of many ethical questions. This was further complicated not only by the pandemic, but by the longitudinal nature of this research. As participant’s identity shifted and transformed in recovery, so did their engagement with this research study. This video presentation intends to outline these ethical difficulties and how they were overcome in the context of this research and also advance the understanding of conducting ethical visual research with marginalised populations.

(Re-)discovering the value of longitudinal qualitative methods in healthcare research, Marta Wanat, Anne-Marie Boylan and Aleksandra Borek

Longitudinal qualitative research (LQR) has a long tradition in a variety of social science disciplines yet so-far it has been under-utilised in primary care research. When used, it is often seen as a way of studying patient experiences over time. But LQR can offer primary care researchers much more.  It offers an opportunity to follow participants through important transitions, such as the impact of clinicians’ career progression or patients transitioning through services. It can be used to study the implementation of new practices, processes, or interventions at different stages – alongside clinical trials and in routine clinical care. It allows us to explore the importance of historical change and/or macro context, such as the covid-19 pandemic. Using LQR, we can develop a deeper understanding of a particular phenomena, by developing better rapport with participants. We urge primary care researchers to consider the value of LQR when studying the variety of people and processes.

Further programme details for the Timescapes 10 Festival will continue to appear here.

There is still time to submit a proposal for a video provocation, a Timescapes Archive blog, or to propose the launch of new publications or other materials that link to the key themes of the Festival. Please send details to Dr Kahryn Hughes,


About the Presenters

Liam Berriman is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex, and is the Co-Director for the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY). His research primarily focuses on children and young people’s relationships with technology and digital data. He was a researcher on the Everyday Childhoods (2013-15) project, which led to the creation of a new digital open-access  archive He is currently involved in a Nuffield project on children’s voices in local authority data, helping to develop a strand of work looking at children’s voices in data, as data and about data.

Aleksandra Borek is a Senior Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Her research relates to understanding and facilitating behaviour change to improve health.  It involves behaviour change and inter-personal processes, designing, implementing and process evaluations of behaviour change interventions, and qualitative research methods. Her current work mostly focuses on optimising antibiotic use and implementing antimicrobial stewardship interventions in primary care.

Anne-Marie Boylan is a Senior Researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. She is Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research Methods and lead tutor in qualitative methods on the Evidence Based Health Care programme at the university. She is a health services researcher and her work has largely focused on patients’ experiences. She is interested in improving how qualitative methodologies are applied and particularly in the advancement of quality appraisal for qualitative research.

Julia Brannen is Emerita Professor of the Sociology of the Family, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, London, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. She has an international reputation for research on family lives of children, young people and parents. Her research topics include work-family life, intergenerational relations, and food in families. She is also known for her expertise in mixed methods, biographical approaches and comparative research. Recent single and co-authored books include: Families and Food in Hard times: European research (UCL Press 2021); Social Research Matters: A life in family sociology (Policy Press 2019).

Angharad Butler-Rees is a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include disability rights, social justice and inclusion. She is currently working on the 3-year longitudinal study ‘Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People in England’ (PI - Stella Chatzitheochari).

Lynn Calman is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton; she is a health service researcher and registered adult and mental health nurse. Over the last 17 years Lynn’s research has focused on understanding and responding to the needs of people living with and beyond cancer. She had led and collaborated on major research programmes in cancer survivorship/psychosocial oncology, leading to widely published findings that have underpinned the development of services to improve the outcomes of cancer patients.

Tanja Dall is a post-doctoral researcher with the Department of Sociology & Social Work, Aalborg University. She specialises in research on social work, professionalism and client participation in public employment services (PES). Tanja works with a range of qualitative methodologies, including qualitative longitudinal studies, and is preoccupied with developing ways to conduct and disseminate research in close collaboration with the practice - and policy field of PES.

Sophie Danneris is a project manager in the Danish Fund, TrygFonden, where she is responsible for research donations and partnerships within the areas of work, employment, and vocational training. Prior to this, she was a researcher (PhD and postdoc) at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, where she did research on employment and labour market issues, with a special focus on qualitative, longitudinal research. In her PhD thesis she did a qualitative longitudinal study of 25 vulnerable welfare recipients and their unemployment trajectories towards labour market participation (Ready to work (yet)? Unemployment trajectories among vulnerable welfare recipients - Sophie Danneris, 2018 (

Emma Davidson is a lecturer in social policy and qualitative research methods at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, she worked in the private sector as a social researcher in housing studies, before moving to Heriot Watt University as a Research Fellow. During her career, Emma has developed a special interest in QLR, having used QL designs in research on homelessness, intensive family support, and care-experienced young people. Most recently Emma has been working with Timescapes data to develop innovations in ‘big qual’ analysis (

Esther Dermott is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of Families, Relationships and Societies. Her research expertise is around fatherhood, parenting and family lives. Her current and recent funded projects have focused on the experience of Syrian refugee fathers (British Academy), the process of separation for families (Nuffield), families’ living standards (MiSoC, ESRC), and caring practices in the digital home (CenSoF, ESRC).

Maria Dich Herold is Associate Professor at Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research focus on different groups of young substance users, including young people in drug reducing interventions, young people in contact with the CJS, young people who drink and drive, and young people’s recreational drug and alcohol user. In her research, she is occupied mainly with issues related to social relationships, identity and gender. Trained as a social psychologist she has extensive experience with qualitative methodologies, especially in-depth qualitative interviews. Together with Dr Kahryn Hughes, Dr Vibeke Asmussen Frank and Dr Esben Houborg, Maria is exploring qualitative secondary analysis in a cross-national context.

Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK, where she is also a Fellow at the National Centres for Research Methods (NCRM).  She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.  Rosalind’s main research foci are on families and qualitative methodologies.  She was one of the original Timescapes research teams, involved in generating longitudinal data from children and young people for the Siblings and Friends project with Susie Weller.  Together with Emma Davidson, Lynn Jamieson and Susie Weller, Rosalind developed the breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of qualitative data, under an NCRM programme of research.  Currently Rosalind is working on projects looking at parental social licence for operational data linkage and predictive risk modelling, building qualitative longitudinal research capacity as part of an EU twinning project, and investigating the part play by sociologists’ wives in some of the classic British community studies.

Dr Laura Fenton is a sociologist with expertise in youth, gender, the life course, and creative methods. She is a Research Associate on the UKRI-funded Austerity and Altered Life-courses project at the University of Manchester, and on the Wellcome-funded Youth Drinking in Decline project at the University of Sheffield. Prior to these roles, Laura worked on the Girlhood and Later Life project, which explored the implications of youth transitions for the later life experiences and identities of women born in the UK between 1939-52 (see Tinkler, Cruz and Fenton, 2021).

Vibeke A Frank is a professor at Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her most recent research projects focus on young people in drug reducing intervention and in contact with the CJS, young people’s use of nitrous oxide for intoxication, and local level harm reduction policies and initiatives aimed at people who use drugs. Trained as an anthropologist she has extensive experience with qualitative methodologies, especially qualitative interviews. Together with Dr Kahryn Hughes, Dr Maria Herold and Dr Esben Houborg, Vibeke is exploring qualitative secondary analysis in a cross-national context.

Lasse Gerrits is Professor and Academic Director at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies; Sofia Pagliarin is postdoc at the Department of Public Administration (both at the Erasmus University Rotterdam). Together, they have spent many years working with longitudinal inquiry.

Jane Gray is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University.  Her scholarship centres on questions relating to families, households and social change, with a particular focus on biographical life course analysis.  She was national co-ordinator for Ireland on the FP7 funded project RESCuE: Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis (, and co-edited the book Poverty, Crisis and Resilience (Edward Elgar, 2020) with Marie Boost, Jennifer Dagg and Markus Promberger.  She has a longstanding interest in sharing and re-using qualitative social science data.

Karen Henwood is a Professor in Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. She has extensive methodological expertise in interpretive research approaches within social science, and a track record in leading qualitative longitudinal research projects and emplaced (‘real world’) research in local community settings. Her research investigates how it is possible for people to meet the challenges posed to themselves and society by the psychosocial and temporal dynamics of socio-environmental risk and socio-cultural change. A main focus since 2010 has been on those connected to wider transitions in energy systems. Her publications report findings from qualitative and multimodal research spanning fields such as the low carbon transition, environmental social sciences and risk research, and psychosocial identity studies (including fatherhood and masculinities as part of Timescapes).

Esben Houborg is Associate Professor at Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University. His main areas of research are drug policy in a historical and contemporary perspective, criminological research particularly concerning law enforcement, sociological research in the areas of drug treatment and harm reduction and urban studies of drug related issues.

Kahryn Hughes is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Timescapes Archive at the University of Leeds. She is an NCRM Senior Fellow with a special interest in Qualitative Longitudinal and Qualitative Secondary Analysis research methods. She is currently Editor in Chief of the BSA/SAGE Journal: Sociological Research Online. 

Masud Khokhar is the University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. A computer scientist by education, and with libraries in his DNA, Masud is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests include strategic development, digital transformation, open research, and inclusive leadership. Masud is also the Vice-Chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a member of SCONUL BAME group, and a firm supporter of diversity embedded in our thinking and practice within libraries and collections.

Annie Irvine is a qualitative researcher with over 20 years' experience of applied social policy research. Her work focuses around the themes of mental health, employment and welfare systems. Annie seeks primarily to contribute to research that has policy and practice relevance, whilst also exploring conceptual and theoretical aspects of mental health and society. Her methodological interests include conversation analysis, the effects of different interview modes on participant interaction, and growing interests in narrative methods and qualitative secondary analysis.

Bren Neale is Emeritus Professor of Life course and Family Research (University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy, UK) and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She specialises in Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research methodology and has published widely in this field. From 2007 to 2012 Bren directed the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Timescapes Initiative ( She continues to advance QL methods across the disciplines and provides support and training in this methodology for new and established researchers.

Helen Norman is a Senior Research Fellow at Leeds University Business School. Her research interests focus on fathers and fatherhood, the gendered division of labour and gender inequalities in work, employment and family life. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a project funded by the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI), which uses longitudinal survey data to explore whether and how fathers’ childcare involvement affects children’s educational attainment at primary school, in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute and Professors Colette Fagan and Mark Elliot at the University of Manchester ( This builds on her previous project, also funded by the ESRC SDAI scheme (2016-17), which developed her doctoral research exploring what influences fathers’ childcare involvement from nine months to eleven years post-birth, in partnership with Working Families. She is also an Associate Editor for Families Relationships and Societies.

Georgia Philip is a Lecturer in Social Work and Sociology, working in the Centre for Research on Children and Families, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, Norfolk. Georgia has undertaken research on father engagement and fathers’ experiences of children’s services and/or the family court for over ten years. She has worked on two large, Nuffield funded projects: 2014-17, Counting fathers in; Men’s experiences of the child protection system; and 2017-2019/20 Up Against It: Understanding the scale, pattern & dynamics of fathers’ recurrent appearance in care proceedings. Her previous research looked at fatherhood in the context of private law, divorce and separation. In addition to her teaching and research roles, Georgia is actively involved in a range of dissemination, training and public engagement work around fathers and father inclusive practice.

Kevin Roy, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. His research focuses on the life course of young men on the margins of kin networks and the work force, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. Through participant observation and life history interviews, he explores men’s health equity and disparities (specifically trauma), masculinities, and policy systems, such as immigration, incarceration, and community-based parenting programs. He  served as a deputy editor for Journal of Marriage and Family and has published over 50 articles and chapters, in journals that include Pediatrics, Journal of Family Theory and Review, Social Problems, American Journal of Community Psychology, and Family Relations.  He is editor for the Sourcebook on Family Theories and Methodologies (2022) and published Nurturing dads:  Social initiatives for contemporary fathering in the ASA Rose Series at Russell Sage Foundation Press (2012).  

Núria Sánchez-Mira is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in Sociology by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and she was previously a Junior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Sciences and LIVES Center, University of Lausanne. Her research interests are in the field of gender inequalities in work and employment, family diversity and comparative research. Recently her work has been focused on the temporal embeddedness of human agency within a life course perspective.

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the LSE. His book Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method re-used archived qualitative social science data and contributed to debates about the politics of archiving, especially with respect to social science sources. He has taken up these themes in his recent The Return of Inequality: Social Change and the Weight of History, as well as a recent debate in the journal Twentieth Century British History.

Fiona Shirani is a Research Associate in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Since 2007, she has worked on qualitative longitudinal projects and specializses in this methodological approach. She has a research interest in family relationships, life course transitions, and the impact these have on people’s planned futures and present lives. She currently leads fieldwork on the social sciences qualitative longitudinal work stream of the Cardiff University strand of the Active Building Centre.

Emma Smith is a research associate at King’s College London with an interest in substance use, recovery, visual research, and participatory action research methods.  She began her academic career by completing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Georgia. After this, Emma moved to Scotland where she completed a Public Health MPH at the University of Dundee. Her master’s thesis was a prospective cohort study quantifying the associated risks for drug death in Tayside, Scotland. Emma completed her PhD at the University of Worcester where her research has focused on investigating the experiences of individuals in recovery from substance use using digital photography. She is currently working on a NIHR funded study investigating the experience of care pathways for pregnant women who use drugs.

Rachel Thomson is Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, and with Liam Berriman and Sara Bragg, she developed the research that is published in Everyday Childhoods: Time, Technology and Documentation in a Digital Age (Bloomsbury, 2018, open access). She was one of the co-applicants for the original Timescapes project and has played a role in shaping the field of qualitative longitudinal research and qualitative approaches to researching social change. Her most recent collaborative research, Reanimating Data: Experiments with people, Places & Archives,  involves revisiting a 30 year old social science data archive and bringing it to life with new audiences and collaborators.

Haridimos Tsoukas is a Greek organization and leadership theorist and professor of organization studies. He is currently the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies at the Warwick Business School UK.

Marta Wanat is a Senior Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. She is a social scientist with a background in psychology, working at the interface between social science and medicine in primary care setting. Her research involves applying behavioural science to understand, develop and evaluate complex interventions with the aim of improving patient outcomes. She is particularly interested in exploring new models of care delivery in primary care, and managing infections and other respiratory conditions from the perspective of both patients and clinicians in primary care. She is keen to promote methodological excellence and innovation in qualitative research in primary care through research, teaching and publications.

Susie Weller is a Senior Research Fellow in the Clinical Ethics, Law and Society research group at the University of Oxford. She is also affiliated to the UK’s National Centre for Research Methods and is an Honorary Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research interests include: youth transitions; familial relationships; caring relations, identities and practices; patient journeys; and the wider impacts of health conditions and interventions. Throughout her career, she has worked at the interface between theoretical advances in family and youth research, and applied research that has policy and practice relevance. Susie is a keen methodologist specialising in the use of qualitative methodologies, particularly creative, participatory and longitudinal approaches, as well as, qualitative secondary analysis. She was part of the original Timescapes team and has since worked on a number of studies exploring the re-use of archived material.

Ulrike Zartler is a Professor of family sociology at the University of Vienna. Her research focus is on family, childhood, and youth sociology. She leads projects on transition processes and their impact on families, divorce and post-divorce family lives, normative and legal constructions of families, children’s participation, and mediatisation as a challenge for young people and for families. She is particularly experienced in qualitative research methods, multiple-perspectives and qualitative longitudinal studies.