Two-day Workshop: Effective Qualitative Research

From 11 November, 2013 to 12 November, 2013
10am - 4pm

On Monday and Tuesday 11-12 November 2013, the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney will be hosting a workshop on qualitative research methods led by Professor David Silverman.

The workshop will consist of lectures, data sessions and eight one-to-one supervisions with selected students. The course will be of particular benefit to students beginning to frame their research topics and/or starting to analyse their data. It is based on the assumption that the best way to learn the craft skills of qualitative research is to apply classroom knowledge about different methodologies to actual data.

The number of places is limited to 30, so prospective participants are asked to send in a letter of application
indicating their how they expect to benefit from participation in the workshop. Applications are particularly invited from students familiar with constructionist perspectives and/or working with naturalistic data. Selection of participants will be based on the quality of their application.

Those interested in participating in this unique research workshop with one of the world’s leading qualitative researchers should send their letter of application by email to: Robert van Krieken, email: . Suitable applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.



Prof. David SilvermanDavid Silverman is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College and Visiting Professor in the Management Department at King's College, University of London. He has authored 15 books and 40 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis.

Prof Silverman has hosted workshops on qualitative research for PhD students all over Europe and in countries as far afield as Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

His publications include A Very Short, Fairly Interesting, Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research (2nd edition Sage, 2013) [ a short, controversial account of qualitative research]; Doing Qualitative Research:A Practical Handbook (4th Edition Sage, 2013) [a PhD primer]; Interpreting Qualitative Data:Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction (4th Edition: Sage, 2011) [a text on qualitative data analysis; Qualitative Research (3rd Edition: Sage 2011); [with Clive Seale, Giampietro Gobo, & Jaber Gubrium] Qualitative Research Practice (paperback edition, Sage 2006).

Location: Room 148 RC Mills building