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Over the past six months, qualitative researchers have had little choice but to try to change and adapt our usual methods; switching new and existing research projects to often completely different ways of working. This is particularly relevant when we consider how best to conduct and manage qualitative research on poverty during the time of COVID-19.

In this webinar, we heard from:

  • Anna Tarrant, Linzi Ladlow and Laura Way (University of Lincoln)discuss the process of moving to online methods in the Following Young Fathers Further study. In particular, they reflect on conducting interviews via phone call and Zoom, a and share reflections about how young fathers found the process.
  • David Robertshaw (University of Leeds) will consider the emotional and ethical challenges of remote interviewing in the context of the pandemic for the Welfare at a (Social) Distance project, and how these are being navigated.
  • Aimi King (University of Huddersfield) will reflect on carrying out her PhD research on the Christian ethos in parent and toddler groups in churches during the pandemic, and why she has preferred to stick with a face to face approach, despite the pandemic.

The webinar was chaired by Professor Jane Millar, University of Bath, who is Principal Investigator on the ‘Couples balancing work, money and care: exploring the shifting landscape under Universal Credit’ project, which has also shifted to virtual interviews over recent months.

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