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Qualitative Research Methods: Researching Beneath the Surface - ‘Auto/biographical qualitative research'

Auto/Biography is concerned with ‘the myriad of everyday and frequently fleeting social practices concerned with the articulation of (often competing, sometimes discontinuous) notions of selves and lives’ (Stanley, 2000: 40).

The event will explore the use and impact of auto/biography in research, providing an opportunity to explore the associated research methods and considerations.

Aimed at

Doctoral Researchers, Doctoral Researchers staff


Participants must have interest in and some experience of qualitative methods and approaches (such as questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, etc).

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand different ways in which auto/biography can form part of a qualitative research process
  • Understand the challenges of data analysis and re-presentation in auto/biographical research
  • Understand how auto/biography can be used to enhance qualitative research

Presented by

Dr Carly Stewart, Dr Mike Thomas, Dr Anne Chappell, Divisional Lead/Senior Lecturer - Education

Session outline and aims

Experienced researchers will give papers and create opportunities for discussion.

Participants will learn about ways of using auto/biography as part of qualitative research methodologies and increase their confidence and ability to work auto/biographically in their research.

Specific skills focused on in this session

Qualitative research


Health and Safety and general notice

Participants will be viewing presentations projected onto a SMART Board screen. Participants may be required to work in groups. Refreshments will be available at the venue.

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

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