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NW Qualitative Research in Health Group Meeting: Monday 24 April

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Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin, Research Associate (Positive and Sustainable Communities), Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing, Manchester Met

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This session will focus on methodological challenges related to carrying out cross-national comparative research across two languages. Eva will share with you the journey through her doctoral research, which was undertaken between October 2011 and June 2015. During this time, Eva worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which posed additional time constraints. In this talk, Eva will consider the challenges related to conducting: cross-national research (resources: time/money); comparative study (literature review on both countries); bilingual research (translation/interpreting); and the need to be reflexive about the roles we take on when researching (positionality: insider vs. outsider). Eva’s PhD is entitled ‘Gendered migrations: the influence of the process of migration on Polish women’s perception of gender roles’. This session will be helpful to any prospective researchers/research students, those undertaking their PhDs and academics who are planning to conduct similar projects.

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Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin works as a Research Associate (Positive and Sustainable Communities) within the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing, Manchester Met. Her background is in social policy, politics and sociology. Eva previously worked at the University of York and the University of Salford where in June 2015 she completed her PhD in Social Policy. Her research interests focus on marginalised groups and social justice. She previously researched economic migrants, asylum seekers/refugees, highly-skilled migrants and marriage migrants. More recently she researched welfare conditionality in the UK. Prior to starting her academic career, Eva worked at a private social research company. She is also well linked with the voluntary community sector; primarily with migrant organisations where she previously worked/volunteered.

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