Advanced Training School in Qualitative Longitudinal Research Methods


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Advanced Training School in Qualitative Longitudinal Research Methods

(11-14) 19-21 April 2022


In April (11.-14 and 19.-21) 2022, the Institute of International and Social Studies (IISS), in cooperation with the University of Southampton, will organise an advanced training course in qualitative longitudinal research methods for researchers and ESRs at Tallinn University. The training course is organised within the framework of the YouthLife project and carried out by Prof Rosalind Edwards and Dr Susie Weller.

The training school will provide a foundational awareness of conceptual and ethical issues involved in qualitative longitudinal research using case studies, and will explore and exemplify a selection of prospective and retrospective qualitative longitudinal data collection and temporally-aware advanced data analysis methods using provided research materials.

The training school is divided into two phases: 

  1. 11-14.04.2022 – Self-directed online training via Qualimix; a resource hub for qualitative and mixed methods approaches in life course research which ends with a short open questions ZOOM-meeting about the self-directed materials and the upcoming training school on 14.04.2022 at 13:00-14:00 EEST time.


During this week, a series of video lectures will be posted on Qualimix platform as ‘bite-size’ lectures (120 minutes viewing time in total) covering the following topics: 

• Conceptual and ethical issues involved in qualitative longitudinal research

• Prospective qualitative longitudinal data collection

• Retrospective qualitative longitudinal data collection

  •  Data management 


  1. 19-21.04.2022 - A three-day workshop takes place via ZOOM during afternoons at 14:00-17:00 EEST time.

The three-day program covers primary and secondary methods of qualitative longitudinal data generation, time-aware methods of data analysis and the Breadth-and-Depth method of qualitative secondary analysis, word-based and visual methods of data generation and analysis, writing up qualitative longitudinal analysis and reflection on qualitative research in blog posts.

Link to the course program


Rosalind Edwards is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton, where she is also attached to the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology 

Susie Weller is a Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton (CELS) University of Southampton, UK. She is also affiliated to the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is an Honorary Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

The training course is financially supported by YouthLife project which has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952083