Welcome to the website for ‘Working Across Qualitative Longitudinal Studies: A Feasibility Study Looking at Care and Intimacy’.

Over the course of the next two years (until September 2018) we will be reflecting, debating and actively demonstrating the feasibility of conducting secondary analysis across existing data from several qualitative longitudinal studies. To do this, we will be using archived data from the ESRC Timescapes project and focusing on the substantive topic of care and intimacy. Through the study we hope to explore new procedures for working with multiple sets of qualitative longitudinal data and extend good practice in this emergent, and important, field of research.

The research is being conducted by Professor Rosalind Edwards and Dr Susie Weller from the University of Southampton and Dr Emma Davidson and Professor Lynn Jamieson from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of a package of research by the National Centre for Research Methods.

In this website you can find more detailed information about the project, and also follow regular blogs by the team and guest contributors on our exploration into qualitative longitudinal data analysis and working with large qualitative and / or secondary data.

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Guest Post #14: Prof Jane Millar and Prof Tess Ridge: Following families

In today’s guest post Jane Millar and Tess Ridge, draw on some of the insights gleaned from their qualitative longitudinal study, The family work project: earning and caring in low-income households. The latest phase – following up 15 of the original families – was completed in early 2017, and published as Work and relationships over time …

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Guest Post #13: Prof Bren Neale: Research Data as Documents of Life

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 (elected in 2010). Bren is a leading expert in Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research methodology and provides training for new and established researchers throughout the UK …

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Guest Post #12: Dr Sian Lincoln and Dr Brady Robards, Facebook timelines: Young people’s growing up narratives online

Sian Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University) and Brady Robards (Monash University) contribute today’s insightful post. Sian, Reader in Communication, Media and Youth Culture, has interests in contemporary youth and youth cultures, social network sites and identity, and ethnography. Brady, a Lecturer in Sociology, has interests in the use of social media and methods involving social …

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Guest blog #11: Dr Rebecca Taylor: The challenges of computer assisted data analysis for distributed research teams working on large qualitative projects

Our guest post today is by Rebecca Taylor, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on conceptualising work, particularly unpaid forms of work, understanding individuals’ working lives and careers, and work in different organisations and sectors. She has over 10 years’ experience of conducting qualitative longitudinal research on studies such as: …

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