Resources on Qualitative Longitudinal and Big Qual analysis

This page compiles the resources that we, as a team, have either produced or enjoyed. As the project progresses, we will be developing this into a compendium of information concerning qualitative longitudinal data analysis.

If you would like your own project to be added to this page, or you have read something which you would like to share with the research community following this page, then please email with details. For projects provide the project name, researcher(s) involved, institution and funder details. For publications provide the publication type, author name(s), title, year, journal name / publisher.

New paper

Davidson, E., Edwards, R. Jamieson, L. and Weller, S. (2018) Big data, qualitative style: a breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of secondary qualitative data, Quality & Quantity, (early online) Open Access

Project podcasts

Listen to our new NCRM audio podcast to find out more about our approach to Big Qual analysis:         Digging deep! The archaeological metaphor helping researchers get into Big Qual

Books and articles 

  • Bishop, L. & Neale, B. (2011) Sharing Qualitative and Qualitative Longitudinal Data in the UK: Archiving Strategies and Development, IASSIST Quarterly, 201011
  • Bishop, L. (2009). “Ethical Sharing and Reuse of Qualitative Data.” Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44(3).
  • Edwards, R. and Weller, S. (2015) Ethical dilemmas around anonymity & confidentiality in longitudinal research data sharing: The case of Dan, in Tolich, M. Qualitative Ethics in Practice, Left Coast.
  • Edwards, R. and Weller, S. (2012) Shifting analytic ontology: using I-poems in qualitative longitudinal research, Qualitative Research, 12(2): 202-217.
  • Edwards, R. and Weller, S. (2012) The death of a participant: moral obligation, consent and care in qualitative longitudinal research, in K. te Riele and R. Brooks (eds.) Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research, Abingdon: Routledge, Ch. 10.
  • Henderson, S., Holland, J., McGrellis, S., Sharpe, S. and Thomson, R. (2012) Storying qualitative longitudinal research: sequence, voice and motif. SAGE Publications: 16-34.
  • Irwin S, Bornat J, Winterton M, (2012) Timescapes secondary analysis: comparison, context and working across data sets, Qualitative Research, 12(1):  66-80.
  • Mauthner, N. S., O. Parry, et al. (1998). “The Data are Out there, or are They? Implications for Archiving and Revisiting Qualitative Data.” Sociology 32(4): 733-745.
  • Neale, B. & Flowerdew, J. (2003) Time, Texture & Childhood: The Contours of Longitudinal Qualitative Research, International Journal of Social Research Methods, 6(3):189-99.
  • Saldana, J. (2003) Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time, AltaMira Press: New York
  • Slavnic, Z. (2013). “Towards Qualitative Data Preservation and Re-Use—Policy Trends and Academic Controversies in UK and Sweden ” Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 14(2).

Special issues 

  • Corden, A. & Millar, J. (2007) ‘Qualitative Longitudinal Research for Social Policy‘, Social Policy and Society, 6(4).
    This themed section of Social Policy and Society explores the challenges in using qualitative longitudinal methods for policy-related research, with a particular focus on data analysis and interpretation. The issue includes a guide to QLR sources.
  • Henwood, K., Neale, B., & Holland, J. (2012) ‘Advancing Methods and Resources for Qualitative Longtitudinal Research: The Timescapes Initiative‘, Qualitative Research, 12(1).
    This special issue of Qualitative Research explores advances in QLR methods and the building of QL data resources for sharing and re-use.
  • Thomson, R. & McLeod, J. (2015) ‘New Frontiers in Qualitative Longitudinal Research‘, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18(3).
    The papers in this special issue was the product of an international community of researchers interested in mapping the new frontiers of QLR.
  • Valles, M., Corti, L., Tamboukou, M. & Baer, A. (2011) ‘Qualitative Archives and Biographical Research Methods‘, Forum Qualitative Social Research, 12(3).
    This issue presents a range of articles which explore the challenges and opportunities of archiving and re-using qualitative material, with a focus on biographical and narrative research. It includes an article on the Timescapes project.

Web resources

  • Edwards, R. and Weller, S. (2015) ‘I-Poems as a method of qualitative interview data analysis: Young people’s sense of self’, online article, training resources and dataset, Sage Research Methods Datasets,
  • Timescapes publications and outputs are compiled in the project Knowledge Bank
  • The UK Data Archive is the UK’s largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities and provides access to a wide range of qualitative longitudinal data available for secondary analysis.
  • CLOSER Discovery is is an online resource that enables researchers to view and appraise data from eight leading UK quantiative longitudinal studies.

QLR projects

  • Inventing Adulthoods is a qualitative longitudinal study of over 100 young people growing up through their teens, twenties and early thirties at the turn of the 21st century. The study involved up to seven biographical interviews and provides a unique insight into the role of place as a resource in a rapid social change.
  • Men’s experiences of family life and multiple care responsibilities in low-income localities is an is an investigation of the everyday care practices of fathers and grandfathers in a low-income locality in Leeds. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and being conducted by Dr Anna Tarrant.
  • ‘Your Space! Siblings and Friends’ project explored how young people see themselves and their place in society as they grow older. Between 2002 and 2015 the study followed 50 young women and men from across England, Scotland and Wales documenting their experiences from mid-childhood to early adulthood.
  • Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty, involving 12,000 children in 4 countries over 15 years. It is led by a team in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford in association with research and policy partners in the 4 study countries: Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.
  • The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000


Case study method

Case study methods BERLANT, L. 2007. Introduction: What Does It Matter Who One Is? Critical Inquiry, 34, 1-4. ERICKSON, A. T. 2016. Case Study as Common Text: Collaborating in and Broadening the Reach of History of Education. History of Education Quarterly, 56, 125-133. FLYVBJERG, B. 2006. Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 12, 219-245. …