Dr Christina Silver

Associate Professor (Teaching), Director of CAQDAS Networking Project
PhD. MSc. BA (hons)

Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology.


Areas of specialism

Qualitative methodology; Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

University roles and responsibilities

  • Manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project


    Research interests

    Research projects



    Co-author of the Five-Level QDA(R) method - a CAQDAS pedagogy

    Silver C & Lewins A (2020) Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research, in Leavy, P (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Oxford University Press.  

    Silver C & Woolf N (2019) The Five-Level QDA Method. Foundation entry. Sage Methods Foundations. 

    Silver C & Woolf N (2019) Case Study: Using the Five-Level QDA Method with Dedoose in Salmona, M., Lieber, E. and Kaczynski, D., Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research Across the Social Sciences. SAGE Publications. 

    Paulus TM, Pope EM, Woolf N & Silver C (2018): It will be very helpful once I understand ATLAS.ti”: Teaching ATLAS.ti using the Five-Level QDA method, International Journal of Social Research Methodology 

    Woolf, N & Silver, C. (2018)​ Qualitative analysis using ATLAS.ti: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge.  

    Woolf, N & Silver, C. (2018)​ Qualitative analysis using MAXQDA: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge. 

    Woolf, N & Silver, C​. (2018) Qualitative analysis using NVivo: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge. 

    Silver C. (2018) CAQDAS at a Crossroads: Choices, Controversies and Challenges. In: Costa A., Reis L., Souza F., Moreira A. (eds) Computer Supported Qualitative Research. ISQR 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 621. Springer, Cham  

    Bulloch, SL. Silver, C. & Fielding, N. (2017) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research: exemplars, developments and challenges in Willig, C. & Stainton-Rogers, W. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. SAGE 

    Silver, C.  & Bulloch, SL. (2016) CAQDAS at a crossroads: affordances of technology in an online environment in Fielding, N. & Lee, R. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. SAGE. 

    Silver C, & Woolf, N (2015) “From guided instruction to facilitation of learning: The development of Five-level QDA as a CAQDAS pedagogy that explicates the practices of expert users” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 18, Issue 5. pp527-543 

    Silver C. (2015) Participatory approaches to social research. In Gilbert N & Stoneman P. (eds.). Researching Social Life. 4th Edition. Sage Publications.  

    Silver C, Rivers, C (2015) “The CAQDAS Postgraduate Learning Model: an interplay between methodological awareness, analytic adeptness and technological proficiency”, International Journal of Social Research Methods, Vol. 19,pp 5. p593-609 

    Silver C. & Lewins A (2014) Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2e. Sage Publications 

    Silver C.  (2014) ‘Software Review: QDA Miner (WordStat and SimStat)’. Journal for Mixed Methods Research 1(2) 

    Evers, J & Silver, C (2014). Conference Report: The First ATLAS.ti User Conference. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(1), Art. 19 

    Silver, C., & Rivers, C. (2014). Learning from the learners: The role of technology acceptance and adoption theories in understanding researchers’ early experiences with CAQDAS packages.  ATLAS.ti User Conference 2013: Fostering Dialog on Qualitative Methods; Proceedings Christina Silver & Jennifer Patashnick (2011) 'Finding Fidelity : Advancing Audiovisual Analysis using Software', FQS 12(1), Thematic Issue: Is Qualitative Software Really Comparable?

    Silver C & Lewins A (2010) 'Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis' in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education, Vol 6, pp 326-334. Oxford: Elsevier

    Silver C & Fielding N (2008) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research, in Willig C & Stainton-Rogers W (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, London, Sage Publications.

    Silver C (2008) 'Participatory Approaches to Social Research' in Gilbert N (ed.) Researching Social Life, 3rd Edition, Sage Publications, London

    Lewins A & Silver C (2007) Using Software in Qualitative Research : A Step-by-step Guide, Sage Publications, London

    Hosie, A. & Silver C (2001) Overcoming the first hurdle: Young People and access to sexualhealth services in Scotland, England, Finland and the Netherlands. Working Paperpresented at the European Population Conference, Helsinki, 2001(www.vaestoliitto.fi/toimintayksikot/vaestontukimuslaitos/eapkonferenssi…)

    O'Neill, F & Silver C (2002) 'Improving Patients' Hospital Experience: Team-working and the Integration of Non-clinical and Clinical Roles', Practice Development in Health Care Vol. 1. No. 2 pp98-103