I’ve settled in nicely here in Poznań and enjoyed visiting Gdańsk for the Fulbright mid-year meeting. It was my first time to see the Baltic Sea. A visit to the European Solidarity Centre/Europejskie Centrum Solidarności is highly recommended.
I am on my way home after spending a few days in Austria as a visiting researcher in the doctoral college #OrganizingtheDigital at the University of Innsbruck.
This doctoral college, created in 2018, features faculty researchers and PhD students from the management program and other disciplines around campus. The aim of the doctoral school and its grounding in organization theory, media- and communications studies, consumer culture theory, labour market and general management theories is to bridge and transcend multiple digital phenomena in society. The emphasis on digital relations, digital publics and digital societies represents its transversal perspective on digital dynamics.
Methodologically, the doctoral college takes a multi-method and inter-disciplinary lens and advances conceptual research, experimental, qualitative, and interpretive studies, as well as related quantifications and network analyses of digital texts, visuals, and behavioural patterns of digital relations, publics, and societies.
Recently Dr. Salmons and I sat down to talk about the new edition of her book, Doing Qualitative Research Online. We had a great time comparing and contrasting our approaches to technology-infused research design!
Since the book came out, Jessica and I have been working on a few ways to expand our arguments. One is through the idea of “creating digital research workflows” as part of research methodology and reflexivity. We are currently co-editing a special issue with Qualitative Inquiry on how methods impact digital tools and spaces, and vice versa.
We recently gave our first workshop on this topic, hosted by The Qualitative Report. Forty participants signed up and we had an amazing days of conversations around the consequences of integrating digital tools and spaces into our studies. We are working on designing future workshops.
“Far from being a book for researchers only, it offers useful guidance for evaluators who wish to learn more about how new technologies can transform evaluation practices and be used to create robust evaluation workflows, both in times of COVID-19 and beyond, as we engage new contexts and perspectives and continue to reshape our understanding of ‘fieldwork.'”
“This text is packed with relevant topics related to engaging in qualitative research in today’s digital world. Regardless of whether one is simply aiming to use digital tools alongside research processes or wishes to research in digital spaces, this text anchors the reader in relevant, critical discourse of qualitative digital tools and spaces.“
“Conducting and reporting evaluations can be stressful, especially in the context of the global pandemic (Maloney, 2020). With the COVID-19 restrictions, evaluators had a problem in common with researchers and teachers: How to make the most of the digital environment of our clients in gathering data and communicating. The new SAGE book Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World (Paulus & Lester, 2022) should be a useful resource in adapting our data collection and analyses to the continuing digital context.“
Many thanks to each of these scholars for taking the time to read and thoughtfully review this book.
Here’s a link to the recording of our pre-conference roundtable discussion on Using Technology Meaningfully in Qualitative Research for the World Conference on Qualitative Research: https://lnkd.in/dTbywStX