UCL Qualitative Health Research Network

Staff from the Division of Psychiatry are involved in the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network, (QHRN) a cross-faculty and transdisciplinary initiative to support the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care. The group runs quarterly seminars and a biennial international symposia. You can join the mailing list for this group here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-network/contact-us

You can also follow the QHRN on Twitter at @UCL_QHRN.

The QHRN involves the collaboration of three UCL departmental qualitative groups including the Division of Psychiatry, the Department of Applied Health Research and the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

Responding to Change: Perspectives from Qualitative Health Research Workshop 2018

The QHRN ran an innovative workshop to generate discussion on key issues facing contemporary qualitative health research in the study of change and its social consequences, broadly conceived. For further details about the workshop, click here. To read a blog post about the event, click here.

The 4th QHRN conference

Early bird registration for the 2019 QHRN conference is now open. Click here to register.

The 4th QHRN conference will take place in London on 22 March 2019. This time we will be offering pre-conference workshops and training (on 21 March 2019).

Division of Psychiatry Qualitative Researchers Working Group

The Division of Psychiatry Qualitative Researchers Working Group (QRWG) is a researcher-led forum open to staff and students working in the Division. The QRWG provides a meeting point for Divisional researchers to share and explore ideas and techniques in qualitative research. It is run mainly through seminars that encourage an intellectually lively yet supportive atmosphere for discussion, allowing early career and experienced researchers from any academic discipline to present, experiment with, and learn about qualitative theory, methods and writing.

In 2018, we have included more slots to discuss key themes in qualitative work in a journal club format. We are now running eight one-hour sessions over the year alternating between a journal club and a working group. Meetings will generally be held on the third Wednesday of the month, from 11.30am-12.30pm in the Seminar Room at Maple House, unless otherwise advised. Our slots for 2018 are now full but if you would like to present your study at one of the Working Groups in 2019, please contact the Chair for that meeting (or contact any of the chairs if you are flexible with a date). We will update the page as we organise sessions for 2019.

Journal Club seminars

These seminars support discussion around qualitative research by setting an issue or problem that encourages the group to examine qualitative methods and practice, interrogate classic qualitative concepts, or critique innovative methods. Generally we will centre discussion on published articles, which are posted on this page and circulated before the meeting.

Working Group seminars

These seminars offer an opportunity for researchers to raise particular aspects of their own work for discussion or support. Materials are usually pre-circulated before meetings to encourage fuller discussions. We encourage researchers to discuss their work at any stage of the research process to support a critical reflection of their approach. Generally, researchers will provide a short overview of the study at the beginning of the session which will be followed by broader discussion of the methodological, ethical and analytical issues that the study raises.

If you would like to present your study at one of the Working Groups in 2019, please contact the Chair for that meeting (or contact any of the chairs if you are flexible with a date). We will update the page as we organise sessions for 2019.


The group holds an evolving archive of resources to enable researchers to engage with qualitative research. We keep some books in the Division and a list of electronic references. If you work within the Division of Psychiatry at UCL and would like more information please contact one of the QRWG members listed below and we can add you to the internal mailing list.

Journal Club 2018, 11.30am-12.30pm

Date Chair Topic Papers
March 21st Nuriye Kupeli

Mixed Methods

An increasing number of researchers are adopting a mixed methods approach to scientific enquiry, however there are tensions about how qualitative and quantitative methods should be presented together. This paper compares and contrasts qualitative and quantitative methods by evaluating the similarities and differences between the two approaches. This paper explores and discusses the methods used in research design and data analyses to combine qualitative and quantitative methods in mixed methods studies.

Brannen J. Mixing methods: The entry of qualitative and quantitative approaches into the research process. International journal of social research methodology. 2005 Jul 1;8(3):173-84.

For the paper click here

June 20th Henry Llewellyn

Analysis in qualitative research

Analysis is amongst the most confusing, contested and intimidating parts of doing qualitative research and is often something left to the end and with little guidance. There is a dizzying array of methods to choose from each of which privileges certain features, scopes and scales of analysis. These situate themselves along continua of interpretation, validity, reliability, and so on, always aligned (though not always explicitly stated) to particular ways of seeing the world and ideas about how the world is constituted. This seminar will encourage us to think differently about analysis by starting from a simple question: What is analysis and what does it do? In short, this seminar promises no answers or certain routes to analysis (how it is done), but rather make us feel a little more comfortable about its purpose.

Chapter 10: Analysing field notes from DeWalt KM, DeWalt BR. Participant Observation: A Guide for Fieldworkers. Rowman Altamira; 2011.

November 7th Kirsten Moore Rapid ethnography in healthcare - Special guest author: Cecilia Vindrola-Padros
Traditional ethnographic approaches often require the researcher to embed themselves in the field for long periods of time, often around 12 months, to develop an in-depth understanding of the cultural context of the setting in question. However, as healthcare practices and contexts change rapidly and the need for researchers to respond and answer research questions in a much shorter period of time has led to the rise of rapid ethnographies. This paper examines the benefits and challenges of these rapid approaches to informing healthcare delivery.

Vindrola-Padros C, Vindrola-Padros B. Quick and dirty? A systematic review of the use of rapid ethnographies in healthcare organisation and delivery. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2018 Apr;27(4):321-330

For the paper click here

Discussion Groups 2018, 11.30am-12.30pm

Date Chair
May 16th Nuriye Kupeli
July 18th Sébastien Libert
September 19th Sébastien Libert