Journal article

New frontiers in qualitative longitudinal research: an agenda for research

Rachel Thomson, Julie McLeod

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This paper outlines the state of the art in qualitative longitudinal methodology, reflecting on more than 10 years of development since a previous special issue on qualitative longitudinal research was published by the International Journal of Social Research Methodology in 2003. The papers presented in this special issue emerge from a methodological innovation network that brought together an international community of researchers in order to map new frontiers for the method. This paper summarises the development of the method from a design to a sensibility, identifying three new frontiers as part of a future research agenda including: the need for a processual imaginary; experimentation wi..

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Grants

Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The methodological innovation network 'New Frontiers in QLR: definition, design and display' was funded by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods between Sept 2012-2013 and was directed by Rachel Thomson in collaboration with co-applicants Janet Holland, Niamh Moore, Liz Stanley, Karen Henwood, Rebecca Taylor and Cathy Urwin. Events were hosted at the University of Southampton (hosted by Ros Edwards), Cardiff (Karen Henwood), Manchester (Niamh Moore), Birkbeck (Lisa Baraitser) and the University of Sussex (Rachel Thomson). The series resulted in two working papers, one outlining new directions in the field (Thomson et al., 2014) and one exploring early career researcher perspectives on QLR (Hadfield, McGeeney, & Shirani, 2014). An archive of the series can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/esw/circy/research/completedresearch/newfrontiers.