BAM Doctoral Day: Qualitative Research as Craft






The event 'Qualitative Research as Craft' is designed to support our community of doctoral students and early career researchers by spotlighting good qualitative practice in PhD research. While the characteristics of research craft are commonly associated with ethnography and participant observation, in this session we will explore their broader relevance and applicability by focusing on the themes of imagination and embodiment. We will consider the value of craft in moving beyond ‘research-as-technique’ and calling into question realist objectivist accounts of the research process. 

Central to this, we are also interested in two related aspects: (1) The Systematic Literature, since most 'traditional narratives' are perceived to lack thoroughness as genuine pieces of investigatory evidence; and (2) an understanding of the Case Study strategy, as a rich emprical description of a phenomenon. We are keen to use this event to evaluate the extent to which they can be applied in order to produce a reliable knowledge stock for doctoral students. 
The event will involve three key note speakers : Prof. Emma Bell (The Open University), Dr.Isaac Amoako (Liverpool John Moores University),and Dr.Christian Harrison (University of the West of Scotland). These scholars would be sharing insights by describing common challenges and their possible antidotes in enhancing doctoral research.




This event will take place on the 15th June 2018 9.00am - 3.30pm


Who Should  Attend


The event will be of interest and relevance to doctoral students and early career academics



Benefits of Attendance

  • Moving beyond ‘research-as-technique’ and calling into question realist objectivist accounts of the research process. 
  • Exploring ways in which evidence-informed systematic literature review might be achieved.
  • Developing a convincing understanding of the case study research strategy




Gardener Building
Room G240
Paisley Campus
School of Business and Enterprise
University of the West of Scotland






  • Prof. Heather Tarbert, Assistant Dean, Research, School of Business and Enterprise, University of the West of Scotland.


  •  Prof. Emma Bell, The Open University


  •  Dr. Isaac O.Amoako, Liverpool John Moores University


  •  Dr. Christian Harrison, University of the West of Scotland








9: 30

Arrival of guests


Introductory address by Prof. Heather Tarbert.

Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise)


Session 1 anchored by Dr. Christian Harrison on Systematic Literature Review

11: 15

Coffee break


Session 2 anchored by Prof. Emma  Bell on Qualitative Research as Craft


Buffet –lunch and networking


Session 3 anchored by Dr. Isaac Amoako on Case Study Research


Coffee break


Closing notes



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For specific information about this event please contact the workshop facilitator(s): 

Kingsley O.Omeihe


School of Business and Enterprise
University of the West of Scotland 


For general enquiries please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at


Event Fee 


BAM Members: Free

Non-BAM Members: £15



The event is FREE to attend for Staff and Students of the University of the West of Scotland but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. UWS Staff and Students can register by emailing


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Cancelation Policy - Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancelation is made 4 weeks prior to the event. After this, full payment will be required.  BAM reserves the right to cancel the event if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.


15th June 2018   to   3:30 PM
BAM Member Fee £ 0.00
Non-BAM Members Fee £ 15.00
UWS Staff or Student £ 0.00
Event Information
Product Code 415234
Event Provider Building Capacity Sub-commitee/BAM LLD SIG
Date / Time 15 June 2018 9.00am-3.30pm
Venue Gardener Building Room G240 Paisley Campus School of Business and Enterprise University of the West of Scotland PA1 2BE
Event Type Development Workshop
Target Audience All Levels, Doctoral Students, Post Doctoral Fellows, Early/Mid Career Academics, Directors of Research
Price Free but registration is required
Booking Deadline 14 June 2018
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at
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