Qualitative Methods in Practice Seminar Series - Using Datasets from Popular Culture
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Qualitative Methods in Practice: Using Datasets from Popular Culture

Target Audience: PGRs and ECRs who are interested in learning more about the application of qualitative research methods.

Process: Webinar - Presentation and discussion

Speaker: Prof Laurie Cohen


In this presentation I will describe how my colleague and I used Desert Island Discs (DID), an iconic radio programme, to study careers. In Business and Management research, this is an unconventional data source. Interestingly, in addition to interview data, DID includes music, which evokes memories, and elicits emotions not easily captured in the typical interview.

The programme’s format has been consistent over its 70 year history; ‘castaways’ from all walks of life are interviewed about their careers and are asked to select eight pieces of music, which reveal many other aspects of their lives. We drew on the extensive DID archives in two studies: one on the careers of well-known research scientists, and one on women professionals.

In this presentation I will  discuss  these projects, consider the benefits and limitations of this kind of data, and encourage participants to think about other potential sources that might be unconventional in their fields, but that could offer some interesting possibilities.

Please note that the course length has been increased to 90 minutes. We also invite you to submit any questions you may have to Nicola Middleton and they will be answered in the session.

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded. 


Webinar Access Instructions 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. On the day of the session please use the link in this email to join the meeting. Please do not click the link in this email until the day of the session.  

You will need a headset or speakers for the webinar and we recommend that you join 10 minutes before the webinar is due to start so that you can test them. Please mute your microphone, switch off your webcam and open the chat box function as you join the Teams meeting. Any questions can be asked via the chat box. 

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