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One Day Ethnography Workshop

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Ethnography is increasingly used as a research tool to provide a reliable evidence-base and to inform policy and interventions in diverse disciplines (e.g. education, social sciences, medicine and health), as well as in professional settings. The approach has been adapted, developed and amended in creative ways in response to such demands and to wider social and technological changes. This intensive and advanced course is specifically designed to: 1) address the many complex advances in contemporary ethnographic techniques and approaches; and 2) consider the diverse issues around the application of ethnography to real-world problems and solutions. The course is suitable for those who wish to take the approach and techniques forward in flexible ways for application to ‘real-world’ scenarios and applied research. It is also designed for those who wish to communicate their ethnographic research findings to various publics, and to ensure they are confident to do so in an ethically sensitive and reflexive manner. The above aspects are unpacked via not just traditional ‘on the ground’ ethnography, but also via consideration of innovative and adaptive ethnographic methods that take the methods forward in finding ways to address atypical ethnographic encounters and specific challenges.


Dr Karen Lumsden is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University and is an experienced ethnographer and qualitative researcher. Her work has engaged with diverse end-users including police forces, victim groups, local authorities, and young people. She will illustrate ethnographic advancements and adaptations in policy, practice, and public, through a diverse range of real-world case studies and settings, and by drawing on her own experience of research with these groups. Karen has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals including for instance The British Journal of Criminology, Sociology, Theoretical Criminology, Policing & Society,Mobilities, and Qualitative Research. She is has authored books based on ethnographic encounters and reflexivity including Boy Racers: Youth Masculinity and Deviance and Reflexivity in Criminological Research, and has taught social research methods at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research at Kingston University, the Social Research Association, and also in applied settings to police and practitioners.


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