Qualitative Health Research Network


2021 Qualitative Health Research Network Conference

Negotiating trust: exploring power, belief, truth and knowledge in health and care

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What is the topic of this years conference? 

The QHRN organises biennial international conferences to allow emerging and experienced researchers from within and outside the UCL community to present, experiment with, and learn about qualitative theory, methods, and writing.

This time we turn our attention to the notion of trust, which we understand broadly as a concept connecting ideas of power, belief, truth, relationships, and knowledge. Together these dynamics contribute to the shape of health landscapes, influencing the abilities of the public, services, practitioners and patients to engage in behaviours that determine health outcomes.


When will it take place? 

Our 5th Qualitative Health Research Network conference will take place on the 18th and 19th March 2021.


The 2021 conference will be held online.

Conference programme

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Delegate registration guide

To book your place at the 2021 QHRN conference and pre-conference workshops, you can pay by debit or credit card.

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Type of registrationFee
Early bird* full registration (until 31st January 2021)£50
Full registration (February - March 2021)£75
Early bird* full time student registration (and not working full time) (until 31st January 2021)£30
Full time student registration (and not working full time) (February - March 2021)£45

*Please note the early bird registration will end on the 31st January 2021.

Students who are not also working full time are eligible for a discounted rate. Please send a photo of your valid student ID to qhrn@ucl.ac.uk to receive the discount code before booking.


We are delighted to announce that Dr Flora Cornish will be giving a keynote at our conference:

Trust in possibility. How to keep going after Grenfell.

Disasters destroy trust - in authorities' competence, in justice, even in the possibility of a better future. In a world facing multiple devastating catastrophes - the Covid-19 crisis, climate emergency, deaths on Europe's borders - compounded by political denialism and division, calls for 'optimism' and 'hope' ring hollow. This paper seeks to learn about trusting in possibility from the grassroots response after the Grenfell Tower fire, drawing on 3 years of knowledge exchange in North Kensington. While "Grenfell changes everything" was a claim voiced by many in authority, the day-to-day reality of grassroots struggles for achievable changes has been a story of set-backs, let-downs, delays, frustrations, and refusals, "a constant fight" against the intransigence of a discredited structure of authority. In that fight, community activists have achieved partial changes to building regulations, secured people's tenure in their homes, and created much loved, though precarious, community supports. But beyond landmark achievements, through that fight, and day to day, they also trust in, and make real the possibilities of relationships of humanity, solidarity, care and courage. Their example informs a theorisation of health-promoting change in hostile and repeatedly frustrating conditions, beyond the binaries of hope/despair, optimism/pessimism, and success/failure. In Donna Haraway's words, people who care for their community show us how to 'stay with the trouble', and instantiate 'still possible worlds', despite being told it is impossible.

Pre Conference Workshops

We are running a series of workshops in the lead up to the conference:

Introduction to ethnography in healthcare (sold out)

Date of live session: 2nd March 2021 (11:00-13:00)

A comprehensive introduction to ethnographic research, focusing on current understandings, ethics and access in healthcare settings, research design, observational and interview-based methods of data collection, data management, analysis, and the written account.

Delivered by: Dr Henry Llewellyn, Dr Georgia Black and Sébastien Libert. 

An introduction to qualitative methods for process evaluations in healthcare (sold out)

Date of live session: 3rd March 2021(11:00-13:00)

This course provides an introduction to how to use qualitative methods within process evaluations, focussing on complex health interventions. The course will consider how to capture the complexity of processes of implementation and delivery; with examples focusing on fidelity and engagement. The course will include a mixture of presentations and hands-on exercises. The participants will get the opportunity to apply their learning to their own process evaluation ideas throughout the course.

Delivered by: Dr Holly Walton & Dr Rochelle Burgess

Qualitative Longitudinal Research (sold out)

Date of live session: Delegates are expected to attend afternoon sessions on both 10 and 11 March 2021.

This workshop provides an introduction to Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research methodology. It will establish the significance and value of dynamic approaches to social enquiry and show how time is not simply a vehicle for a study, the medium through which it is conducted, but is also a rich theoretical construct and topic of enquiry that drives the generation and analysis of data. It will highlight the power of QL research to discern the factors that shape the life course, to understand how and why changes and continuities occur, and the causes and consequences of change for particular individuals and groups, in particular social, temporal and spatial contexts. The course is designed to give researchers an appreciation of the methodological issues involved in researching lives through time, and to equip them with the basic tools and techniques needed to design a QL study, and to generate and analyse QL data. Examples drawn from health-related studies will be used wherever possible.

Delivered by: Prof. Bren Neale

Introduction to rapid qualitative research (sold out)

Date of live session: 12th March 2021 (11:00-14:00)

An introduction to the range of approaches used in rapid qualitative research including rapid appraisals, rapid ethnographic assessments (REAs), rapid qualitative inquiry (RQI), rapid evaluations and rapid ethnographies. Course participants will work with real research cases and design their own rapid study. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course.

Delivered by Dr Cecilia Vindrola.

Qualitative research using Quirkos and Atlas.ti

Date of live session: 15th March 2021 (time TBC)

This workshop will cover the “what” of qualitative research; how Quirkos can facilitate literature reviews; an overview of how ATLAS.ti can also facilitate literature reviews; a deep dive on analysing multimedia data; using ATLAS.ti for teamwork and intercoder agreement; and how projects can be transferred between ATLAS.ti and Quirkos. Prior to the workshop, training content on ATLAS.ti 9 Windows, ATLAS.ti 9 Mac, ATLAS.ti 9 Cloud, using ATLAS.ti for the literature review, and an introduction to qualitative research will be made available.

Delivered by: Quirkos and Atlas.ti

REGULAR rate - £75 per workshop

STUDENT rate - £60 per workshop

For students, the discount will automatically be applied using the same code you are issued when you send you valid photo ID to apply for the discounted conference rate. Please do not book until you have received your discount code. You can apply your discount code at the checkout at the end of the registration process.

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BURSARY rate - £50 per workshop

We are offering up to 5 bursary places for each workshop for:

  • self-funded researchers and members of the public 
  • researchers from lower-middle income countries.

To apply for a bursary, you are required to register for the workshop/s you wish to attend at the regular rate. Please then email qhrn@ucl.ac.uk making your case in no more than 300 words for why you meet the bursary rate eligibility criteria. If you are awarded the bursary, you will be refunded £25 from your workshop booking. An individual is only eligible to receive a bursary on one workshop (eg, if you choose to sign up to more than one workshop, you will only receive the £25 refund for one workshop).

We will consider all bursary applications in two rounds.

Round 1: The deadline for the first round is November 30th 2020. For this round, you will be informed if you were successful in December. Refunds will be paid by end of January 2020.

Round 2: The deadline for the second round is March 14th (or until all courses are full, whichever occurs first). For this round, you will be informed if you were successful by the end of March 2020. Refunds will be paid by end of April 2020.   

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers at qhrn@ucl.ac.uk