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LiQUiD Lab

The LiQUiD Lab (Loughborough’s Qualitative Digital Research Laboratory) was set up in 2009 as a peer-to-peer network for qualitative postgraduate researchers.

It is now an interdisciplinary network covering qualitative postgraduate students across all departments/schools to create opportunities to share knowledge of qualitative methods and research techniques. The main role of the LiQUiD Lab is to organise events that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and provide support for qualitative researchers.

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Ethics in Qualitative Research – 7/11/2017

The first LiQUiD Lab event of the 2017/18 academic year centred on the ethical problems and queries which all researchers face before, during and after data collection. Jackie Green, Secretary Ethics Approvals (Human participants) Sub-Committee, explained the process of applying for ethical approval for a research project in Loughborough University. This was followed by PhD researchers, from across the social sciences, facilitating interactive roundtables to discuss their ethical research experiences. These discussions covered a plethora of ethical concerns encountered during research using online data collection, employing innovative data collection methods, and working with/ interviewing children, adolescents and vulnerable people.

Qualitative Data Analysis – 6/02/2018

The second LiQUiD Lab event of the 2017/18 academic year first introduced the ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ considerations of undertaking qualitative data analysis. The workshop then drew upon expertise from invited expert speakers in the areas of thematic, narrative and discourse analysis. Postgraduate attendees then had the opportunity to practically engage with various methods through round-table workshops. This event provided a great opportunity for postgraduates to recognise the various data used by researchers, gain practical experience of using a plethora of the methods available, and reflect upon their own research analysis needs.

Participatory Methods in Qualitative Research – 24/04/2018

The third event of the LiQUiD Lab calendar will be on ‘participatory research’. Speakers who are engaged in a host of participatory research methods will provide an open forum for discussion/workshops. Attendees will explore ways of research that emphasise data co-creation and empowering participants through the research process. This event will primarily focus on working with children and young people, but will also encompass ways of researching which put participants at the centre of the process.

Qualitative Research Impact – 10/5/2018

This event is being supported by the LiQUiD Lab team and further details will be forthcoming.

Qualitative Data Collection – 31/05/2018

The fourth LiQUiD Lab event of the academic year will focus on the variety of methods that qualitative researchers use to collect their data. Roundtable discussions will allow for attendees to engage with discussions that explore methods such as; archival research, observations research, visual methods, interviews, and focus groups.

Qualitative Data Collection Methods- Interviews - 29/11/2018 

Interviewing is one of the most common forms of qualitative data collection. Conducting interviews can yield rich data, for which the skill of the interviewer is an important factor. This LiQUid lab session will give you the opportunity to learn more about the skills required, and give you a chance to practise. In true LiQUid lab fashion, there will be interactive roundtables with experienced researchers who have used interviewing in their data collection. Each researcher will bring a specific focus and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions in your small groups. So if you are planning to conduct interviews for your research, please do come along to the first LiQUid Lab session this year!


Meet the Team

Joel Warburton

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School of Business & Economics

Joel is a (relatively) mature PhD student in Work Psychology and has 25 years’ experience in engineering management. His research examines 'misfits' in the workplace, i.e. those currently in occupations which the theory says are mismatched to their personality.  He will be using occupational psychometrics, interviews and repertory grids in his research to try and improve tools that help us make the best career choices. He is happy to talk to anyone about similar research and methods. Joel is keen that LiQUiD Lab continues to provide access to useful research information and networking opportunities for both experienced, and not so experienced researchers. Joel has two cats, one of which is addicted to chlorine.

Vani Naik

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School of Business and Economics

Vani Naik has worked in Turkey, Australia and New Zealand but has found her intellectual home here in Loughborough. With a critical eye for language and narratives, the discovery of (critical) discourse analysis during her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Auckland propelled her to continue her intellectual endeavours in a PhD. Her doctoral research is based in the Centre for Professional Work and Society Research Group, within the School of Business and Economics. Her research centres on the lack of women engineering professors. You can find her on @VaniNaik7.

Lesley Sharpe

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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Lesley’s research concerns the inclusion of young people with impairments within the grassroots levels of the UK School Games school sport framework. Using participatory research methods Lesley and her participants will make vlogs to capture their experiences and perspectives of inclusive sport through the School Games. Before undertaking her PhD Lesley worked extensively in special, alternative and outdoor education. Outside of her studies Lesley is a semi-retired fly half, enjoys travelling and is usually accompanied by her trusty Labrador Sky and ‘is that a real dog?’ Hairless Chinese Crested Beanie. Find Lesley on Twitter @LMSharpy

Nathan Ritchie

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School of Social Sciences

Nathan has a background in media and communications and linguistics. He is currently researching how the UK press constructed and continue to re-construct the events of the 1947 Partition of India. To do this he will use a mixed methods approach, that combines quantitative content analysis, with a qualitative critical discourse analysis. Nathan is primarily interested in textual analysis and particularly how computer aided software can enhance (or hinder!) qualitative research. He is very interested to talk with anyone about this and broader issues surrounding qualitative research, especially those whose research contains a textual linguistic element to it. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys competing in endurance sports, travelling or visiting friends and family. Follow his IG @nritchie9

Cintia Silva Huxter

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School of Social Sciences

Cintia’s research focuses on the spaces of encounter where women from different ethnic backgrounds come together in post-conflict Kosovo. Using an ethnographic approach, Cintia hopes to add a gendered perspective to existing intergroup contact research in post-conflict societies, and to understand its place within the wider process of conflict transformation. Cintia has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. She has also worked on the Youth Programme of the European Commission, where she facilitated several workshops across the EU on equality and non-discrimination. Cintia was born in Portugal and currently lives in York. She loves the sunshine and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.