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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 May 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 #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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Guest blog # 10: Dr Georgia Philip: Working with qualitative longitudinal data

Georgia Philip, a Senior Research Associate in the School of Social Work, at the University of East Anglia, writes today’s insightful post. Georgia has expertise in the areas of: fathers, gender and care, qualitative and feminist research, the feminist ethics of care, parenting interventions and family policy. In this post, Georgia reflects on the challenges …

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Guest blog # 9: Virginia Morrow: The ethics of secondary data analysis

We are excited to have a blog this week by Ginny Morrow, Deputy Director of Young Lives. This is an incredible study of childhood poverty which, over the last 15 years, has followed the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam. The aim of …

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