Centre for Qualitative Research

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CQR Welcome:

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 and development of innovative qualitative research methos further, clearly beyond the health and social care arena.

CQR’s Main Aims:

  1. To contribute new theoretical and value based perspectives that are relevant to a qualitative understanding of the human condition.
  2. The promotion and development of innovative qualitative research approaches to inform practice.
  3. To move towards renewed collaborations with national and international partners in joint research, exhibition and dissemination programmes.
  4. 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:
Humanising Health and Social Care; Novel and Innovative Research Methodologies;  Performative Social Science and Arts-based Research;  Narrative and Biographic Research; and  Innovative qualitative methods including auto-ethnography, poetic inquiry, fiction, creative use of media

CQR NEWS: CQR Partners with Publisher

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Bournemouth University’s Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) is proud to announce its developing association with the online, qualitative journal, The Qualitative Report (TQR). Electronically published from Nova-Southeastern University in Florida, the journal was the first of its kind in both qualitative research and open-access publication solely on the Internet. The journal also publishes The Weekly Qualitative Report to subscribers.

CQR is envisioned as a resource for qualitative research across departments and faculties at Bournemouth University. TQR is particularly well placed to support CQR in these efforts, with its cross-discipline approach in leading-edge, qualitative publication.

CQR is particularly interested in participation in a specific TQR editorship rubric. The scheme will offer BU academics and postgrad students the opportunity to develop their editorial skills through a three-tier process of Assistant, Associate and then finally, full Editor of the journal. Further details will follow shortly.

Additional developments are also in the pipeline: possible publication in TQR Books; participation in TQR’s Annual Qualitative Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, either in person or virtually; participation in Nova’s qualitative webinar series; joint research grant applications with Nova; and participation in the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research.

The Qualitative Report Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ron Chenail stated, “I see a future for Bournemouth and TQR supporting each other, particularly in innovation and forward-looking education, research and publication.”

Dr. Kip Jones, Director of CQR, remarked: “TQR was one of the first journals to publish my work postdoc. Rather than simply reject my early attempt at a submission, the editors worked with me to construct the best possible version of my paper on systematic review of qualitative data. It was published by TQR in 2004 and is the most frequently cited paper of all of my publications to date.”

TQR Editorial Statement

The Qualitative Report (ISSN 1052-0147) is a peer-reviewed, on-line monthly journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative inquiry and research. The Qualitative Report, the oldest multidisciplinary qualitative research journal in the world, serves as a forum and sounding board for researchers, scholars, practitioners, and other reflective-minded individuals who are passionate about ideas, methods, and analyses permeating qualitative, action, collaborative, and critical study. These pages are open to a variety of forms: original, scholarly activity such as qualitative research studies, critical commentaries, editorials, or debates concerning pertinent issues and topics; news of networking and research possibilities; and other sorts of journalistic and literary shapes which may interest and pique readers.

The Qualitative Report is published by Nova Southeastern University. Its Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/

TQR Index and Listing Information

The Qualitative Report is indexed in Scopus, Google Scholar, ERIC, Cambridge Scientific Abstract‘s (CSA) Web Resources Database (WRD) for the Social Sciences, Gale’s Academic OneFile, EBSCO Open Access Journals, Open Science Directory, SocioSite, and All Academic. (Abbreviated list)

Keep in touch with further developments in this exciting association on the CQR webpages, HSS blog or follow CQR on Twitter: @BUQualitative

CQR NEWS: heART of Stroke Exhibition a Great Success

The heART of stroke art exhibition saw its launch on the 26th January with members of the public able to view pieces of work created throughout a 14 week creative workshop with stroke patients.

Watch the video reporting on the exhibition

2016_02_03 Bournemouth Daily Echo, p17, Art gives boost to stroke survivors


CQR NEWS: Creative Writing for Academics Workshop Draws International Crowd

Recently, 27 academics, some from as far away as upstate New York and Dublin, gathered for the Creative Writing for Academics with Kip Jones at Bournemouth University (BU). Their goal was two days of experimentation with writing techniques to engender more creative outputs in their academic writing.

The conclusion of one participant reflected the sentiments of many: “The Creative Writing for Academics workshop turned out to be a great experience, more than expected!!”

The two-day workshop was organised by BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research, and was promoted thusly:

“This unique event isn’t a typical writing retreat (with trees to hug and lots of time to ruminate), but a very active experience with exercises, suggestions and supportive feedback on participants’ work…”

The workshop was envisaged as a way to help academics with publishing in the wider world of blogs and online outlets, moving work to mixed media, auto-ethnography, and even fiction, radio and film. Jones gave ideas of the kinds of blogs and even journals that are receptive to creative academic work. He shared experiences with his own outputs and finding like-minded editors with whom to work.

Read the full report on the Workshop on Sage’s Social Science Space blog: “Academics Urged to Flip Their Academic Writing”

Attendants at the Creative Writing for Academics Workshop at Bournemouth University. Some hold copies of the photograph from which they created a story.

Attendants at the Creative Writing for Academics Workshop at Bournemouth University. Some hold copies of the photograph from which they created a story.

CQR’s 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.

CQR’s 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.

CQR–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.

CQR’s 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.

Recently Updated132010-09-008The 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 Members


Associate Members


Post-grad Affiliate Members

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