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Visiting researcher at the University of Innsbruck

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.

Every winter term, the doctoral college invites researchers with particular knowledge and expertise in digital phenomena for a short methods course. This year I had the pleasure of being the featured scholar and facilitating an intensive three-day digital research methods course for a small cohort of Ph.D. students on “Analyzing Online Conversations: A Research Framework.” I also gave a public lecture on the topic, “Creating Digital Qualitative Research Workflows.”

Innsbruck was a stunning location for this experience, and I am now even more excited for my semester in Poland next year!

Last chance for creating digital workflows & a new workshop coming in October!

We are offering our Creating Digital Research Workflows workshop online for a final time on September 16 – you can find details and a link to registration here.

We are excitedly working on a new workshop, Creating Transcription Workflows for Recorded Qualitative Data, that will be fully online via Indiana University on October 14. More details here.

Hope to see you there!

Creating digital research workflows

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.

Shortly after that I visited with the Digital Scholarship & Communications and Digital Commons communities at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University to share tips on choosing qualitative data analysis software and a lecture on creating digital workflows. It was amazing to be back in-person talking with colleagues about these topics.

Here’s a chance to listen to our conversation about the book with Dr. Pengfei Zhao on the New Books Network, and I will be sharing tips about choosing data analysis software later this month for the Challenges & Affordances of Qualitative Methodologies series at Adam Mickiewicz University. Join us!

Book reviews

We’ve had three scholars publish reviews of Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World since it came out earlier this year. Excerpts are below, with links to the full reviews.

Cover image: Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World

By Kenza Bennani for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation:

“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.'”

By Kate H. Guthrie for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education:

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.

By Colin Andrew Sharp for the Evaluation Journal of Australasia:

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.

Using technology meaningfully in qualitative research

Join Dr. Jessica Lester and I on Sept 16 for a round table discussion at the 6th World Conference on Qualitative Research. Sign up here.

In March, Dr. Lester and I were honored to give the inaugural presentation for the new Explorations in ATLAS.ti Webinar Series hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanogan International Qualitative Research Toolkit. You can watch our presentation about designing and conducting qualitative research here.

Best wishes to everyone as the new academic year approaches.