Methodology & Meta-science

Take a picture, it'll last longer: Practical and ethical considerations on using visual methods in qualitative research

For many people, taking and sharing photographs is an everyday behaviour, and is a way of sharing parts of your life (and your identity) with friends and family. This session discusses how research can utilise this everyday practice in a research setting, in order to shine a light on the elements of a participants’ life that may be inaccessible to traditional methods (such as surveys). In doing so, we explore the links between visual methods and ethnography, the use of visual methods in readdressing the power imbalance inherent in research, and some of the practical and ethical considerations of the method. This session will include two case studies from our research (children’s experience of neighbourhood demolition; men’s experience of food poverty), as well as participation from the audience.