Mobile Interviewing: data collection on the move
- Start date:
- 12 July 2023
- Attendance dates:
12 July 2023
- Time commitment:
- 1 day
- Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
- Contact details:
- Nita Walker
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Mobile interviews represent a useful tool for investigating people’s relationship with space and allows the researcher to explore issues within the context they occur. The researcher can use the environment as a prompt to discussion and the respondents can use it as an aid to illustrate the points they want to get across. This course is designed primarily for researchers with some previous experience of qualitative interviewing who want to start using mobile methods. The day includes sessions exploring the different application of mobile interviews, planning routes and developing discussion guides. The teaching sessions will be interspersed with practical exercises and demonstrations aimed at getting participants to think about the practicalities of undertaking mobile interviews. Participants will be given the opportunity to undertake practice walking interviews, experience being interviewed and observe a walking interview taking place. Issues around recording and filming interviews will also be discussed along with ethical considerations.
Please note: this course does not cover the use of computer software programmes to assist qualitative data analysis. See events run by the CAQDAS networking project at the University of Surrey for training on specific CAQDAS packages.
- To understand the nature of mobile methods and the different contexts in which they can be used
- To be able to develop a strong rationale to justify the use of mobile methods in a wide range of research programmes
- To understand how to design and develop a mobile interview plan
- To understand the ethical and analytic considerations of using these methods.
- What is a mobile interview? And when should they be used?
- Setting up a mobile interview, challenges, ethics and potential pitfalls
- Developing an interview and route guide
- Practical exercise Part 1 – preparing an interview guide and route guide
- Practical exercise Part 2 - practice interviews
- Feedback from the practical exercise and opportunity to ask questions.
Learning and teaching methods
Presentations, discussions, guided exercises, independent group exercises.
Dr Thomas Roberts has over 15 years’ experience undertaking and teaching qualitative methods. He has led more than 100 mobile interviews in a wide range of environments including walking around community projects, house/workplace tours, cycling, canoeing, running and even Scuba diving! Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Co- director of the University of Surrey’s Institute for Sustainability.
A basic understanding of standard qualitative methods will be helpful.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£310Education and charitable sector applicants
£435Government and commercial sector applicants
What these fees include
Course materials, lunch, refreshments and parking.
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Campus locationStag Hill
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