Centre for Qualitative Research

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The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) is based at Bournemouth University. This Research Centre is part of The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. CQR has remained an internationally recognised resource for knowledge transfer activities and for the alignment of teaching and research. It has increasingly become an interdisciplinary resource beyond Health and Social Care. By reinvigorating the Centre and its principles, we offer a potential springboard for cross-faculty development with  Media, Business, and Science and Technology Faculties and with the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL). Through these collaborations and activities, we take our knowledge transfer activities further, clearly beyond the health and social care arena.

The main aims of the Centre

  • To contribute new theoretical and value based perspectives that are relevant to a qualitative understanding of the human condition.
  • The promotion and development of innovative qualitative research approaches to inform practice.
  • To move towards renewed collaborations with national and international partners in joint research, exhibition and dissemination programmes.
  • A scholarly culture and opportunities that encourage and assist BU faculty and students in the publication and dissemination of methodological and applied contributions across the broad platform of qualitative methodology.

By establishing a Centre in Qualitative Research we formally acknowledge a history of achievements and expertise which serves as a focus for emerging developments in:

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Support of University and Faculty strategies

The research work and ideas of the Centre supports pedagogic innovations and developments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; the Centre includes staff who work across disciplinary boundaries, stimulating interdisciplinary research, and offering inspirational approaches to practice development, all of which contribute to fusion.

With a focus on the human condition, we are supportive of creative approaches, using the arts to help the personal as well as academic development of students and staff; we see these as key to high quality professional practice, supporting an excellent student experience, and high staff morale.

Researchers, lectures and postdoctoral staff are aligned to the Centre. The work of the Centre underpins the Professional doctorate and, traditionally, has attracted many successful PhD candidates. Members have local, national, and international partnerships with social sciences, health, and social care organisations that are committed to wider social wellbeing activity.

Members of the Centre lead qualitative research, education (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level), and practice initiatives. There is a great deal of cross-fertilisation of their work between disciplines. The Centre’s passion is about how knowledge is created and disseminated in the real world and so fusion is often at the heart of the work of the Centre.

The Centre for Qualitative Research  offers expertise for both faculty and students whose interests are piqued by a qualitative understanding of the human condition.

Purpose and Value-base:

  1. To pursue knowledge that emphasises peoples’ everyday experiences, and involving people more centrally in the production and dissemination of qualitative research practice as meaninful partner participants;
  2. To pursue and develop novel and innovative research methodologies in order to enhance the value of qualitative research;
  3. To champion Performative Social Science by demonstrating innovative approaches by which the arts and humanities can inform research and dissemination of social science knowledge.

What we offer:

  • The development of innovative research methodologies that result in improvements to the everyday lives of citizens and communities.
  • The promotion and development of qualitative research within the university, nationally and internationally.
  • Collaboration  with national and international partners in joint research programmes.
  • A scholarly culture and opportunities that encourage and assist BU faculty and students in the publication and dissemination of philosophical, methodological and applied contributions in this area.
  • Expertise and mentoring to qualitative research programmes undertaken by faculty members, students and practice partner institutions through doctoral supervision and scholarly mentorship.
  • The  provision of educational opportunities that disseminate current developments  in qualitative research through workshops, staff development programmes, opportunities to work within funded research projects, lunch-time seminars,  special interest groups, masterclasses, and conference activity.
  • Websites  that celebrate and promote qualitative research and which  serves as an education, dissemination and information resource.
  • Service as editors and editorial board members of leading international journals in qualitative research, service on boards of relevant national and international organisations, and service on research advisory boards and ethics committees.

International Profile:

CQR members are championed internationally, particularly in Performative Social Science and the Humanisation of Health and Social Care, publishing in international journals and books and keynoting at international conferences.  The Centre is internationally recognised for its knowledge transfer activities including international conferences and masterclasses, which bring world-leading academic experts in the field from the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe to the campus of Bournemouth University.

2010-09-008The BBC at CQR’s 2010 Qualitative Conference  Watch the video here

ARTS in Research (AiR) cross-Schools collaborative

Read about one of AiR’s early successes with a two-day workshop

and a presentation at the Social Research Association in London.


Gay and Pleasant Land? NDA Project and Award-winning film, RUFUS STONE

You can now watch the award-winning, research-based film RUFUS STONE on line and free on Vimeo.

CQR is pleased to announce that RUFUS STONE was shortlisted for the AHRC Anniversary Award for Research in Film. Shot mainly in rural Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, the film was based on research carried out at Bournemouth University by way of a grant from Research Councils UK.

The AHRC jury stated: RUFUS STONE is “‘beautifully made, lyrical and moving and packs a complete narrative arc into its short span”.

CQR Staff  (Members and Associates)


Doctoral Students:

  • Camila Deviz-Rosenthal
  • Clare Gordon
  • Karen Cooper
  • Kathleen Vandenberghe
  • Kirsty Stanley
  • Louise Oliver
  • Mevalyn Cross
  • Peter Wolfesnberger
  • Sally Lee

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Latest news from Centre for Qualitative Research:

  • Centre for Qualitative Research Approved and Moves Forward

    The Centre for Qualitative has received approval to continue as a Research Centre within Bournemouth University.  Kip Jones will act as Centre Director, with Caroline Ellis-Hill acting as Deputy Director.... »

  • HeART of Stroke study

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  • New appointment for BU Professor

    CoPMRE is pleased to announce that Professor Jonathan Cole has been elected secretary and treasurer of the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.   The European Chapter is one... »

  • “Handsome young men and shoes I’ll never wear”

    Lots of ‘creativity’ in academia to report, at least according to two articles in recent international blogs. The Creativity Post reports a playful interchange between Kip Jones (RUFUS STONE) and... »