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Photo courtesy: Anne Burns


A qualitative approach enables us to find out about other people’s experiences. Rather than trying to report a clear truth, the research I do reveals how things are for individuals or groups of people at a certain point in time.

My experience lies in:

  • Interviews (one to one and group interviews)
  • Recording using film, photo, sound
  • Ethnography (situating myself somewhere, either briefly or for a long period of time, making rich descriptions of that environment in order to tell its stories)
  • Observation
  • Mapping
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Journals and diaries (for researcher and participants)
  • Storyboards
  • Photographic elicitation
  • Creative techniques including role play, model building, use of props and artistic materials


The best kind of finding out, for me, is the kind where a researcher doesn’t do research on people and things, they don’t do it to them but with them. Collaborating with others, to plan and negotiate the way that knowledge will be produced and information gathered can offer the richest, ethical and most useful story, dataset or output.

Children and young people

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I have particular expertise and interest in working with children and young people. I trained as a primary teacher and have undertaken hundreds of interviews and conversations with children aged between 4 and 16. With wide experience in school, community, home and in one to one engagement sessions with children, I often work with storytelling, craft and play.