YouthLife Workshop on Mixed Methods in Life Course Research


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YouthLife Workshop on Mixed Methods in Life Course Research 

in the Dolphin Hotel, Southampton 

September 26th-27th, 2022


In September (26.-27.) 2022, the University of Southampton in cooperation with the Institute of International and Social Studies (IISS), will organise an advanced workshop on mixed methods in longitudinal life course studies for researchers and ESRs from partner institutions of YouthLife project. The training event is organised as part of the methodology school of IISS within the framework of the YouthLife project and carried out by Prof Rosalind Edwards, Prof Ann Berringotn, Dr Susie Weller, Prof Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Prof Felicity Bishop, Dr James Hall, Dr Pose Lindsay, Prof Athina Vlachantoni, Dr Lisa Ballard, Prof Laura Camfield and Seb Stannard. 

The two-day workshop aims building knowledge about the philosophical foundations of mixed methods and to practice the criteria for assessing them using case studies deploying different mixed approaches. Participants will be enabled to apply this to their own mixed methods life course research, presenting and discussing their work in small groups facilitated by the workshop leaders. The workshop will also provide networking opportunities for developing joint research and writing projects with workshop participants and invited guest speakers amongst life course and mixed methods youth researchers throughout the UK and internationally.

LINK to the workshop program



Ann Berrington is Professor and Joint Head of Department of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton and leads the Fertility and Family strand of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change. Her research interests concern transitions to adulthood, partnership and family formation and dissolution, and how these are associated with socio-economic inequalities across the life course. She is currently a Co-I on an ESRC-funded project on Understanding and Projecting Fertility Trends in the UK, and Co-I on the ESRC funded UK Generations and Gender Survey

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. Rosalind has researched and published widely in the areas of family life and policies, as well as studying and writing about research methods. She has directed a 5-year programme of research projects on families and social capital, and was a co-director on the ground-breaking ESRC qualitative longitudinal research project, Timescapes. In collaboration with other NCRM members, she has developed a unique methodology – the breadth-and-depth method – for working with large amounts of qualitative data. Rosalind has excellent experience of capacity building through online and in-person delivery of research methods courses, nationally and internationally. 

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. Susie has 20 years’ experience of conducting research with children, youth, and families. She has expertise in qualitative longitudinal research (QLR), creative, participatory, and remote methods, and qualitative secondary analysis. Susie has led and/or worked on a range of QLR projects, including a 12-year study of young people’s trajectories to adulthood as part of the pioneering ESRC Timescapes initiative. Currently, she is a senior researcher on the Ethical Preparedness in Genomic Medicine programme; Co-Investigator of TeC-19, an international QLR study of teenagers in COVID-19 times; and senior advisor on Bukhali, a study of women’s journeys to motherhood in Soweto, South Africa. With colleagues, she pioneered a new breadth-and-depth method for large-scale qualitative secondary analysis and co-founded the Big Qual Analysis Resource Hub. She has co/designed over 50 in-person and online research methods training sessions, including to multidisciplinary teams and international audiences.

Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie is a Senior Research Associate, at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa and Visiting Senior Scholar at the St. John’s University, New York, USA. Dr. Onwuegbuzie’s research areas primarily involve social and behavioural science topics, including disadvantaged and under-served populations such as minorities, children living in war zones, students with special needs, and juvenile delinquents. Also, he has conducted numerous research studies on factors that predict educational achievement at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Additionally, he writes extensively on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological topics applicable to multiple disciplines within the field of the social and behavioral sciences. 

Felicity Bishop is a professor at the University of Southampton, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and academic Health Psychologist leading a programme of mixed methods research around complementary therapies and placebo effects in health care. Her interdisciplinary research has attracted funding from NIHR, Versus Arthritis, and others, and has been published in leading medical, health psychology, and social science journals.  With an extensive network of national and international collaborations, Felicity has held visiting positions at Harvard and at the Australian Centre for Integrative and Complementary Medicine at UTS.  Drawing on this expertise and experience, she provides research-led teaching and supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students in health psychology and research methods modules.

James Hall is an Associate Professor of Psychology of Education at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. James’ programme of research aims to improve the life chances of children and young people by informing the provision of high-quality early education and effective early intervention.  To achieve these aims he carries out investigations into Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Developmental Psychopathology. These include, for example, projects that show different effects of preschool education for different groups of children and for developmental outcomes within the cognitive, social, and health domains. This work is facilitated by methodological expertise in advanced statistical techniques that are used within longitudinal, experimental, and mixed methods investigations. 

Rose Lindsay is a Senior Research Fellow at University of Southampton, UK and is currently a Co-I for an ESRC funded project - Discourses of Voluntary Action. She has also been a PI for two ESRC funded research projects, one examining understandings and patterns of volunteering over time; and the other using metadata and Mass Observation writing to find out more about who Mass Observation writers are. Her research interests cover many fields, including using mixed methodologies to explore longitudinal data; The making, shaping and transition of personal, professional, political and community identities; The formation of private, collective and cultural memories; The role of discourse in influencing changes and continuities in individual and national understandings of events, policy and legislation; and etc.

Athina Vlachantoni is a Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, UK. She joined the University of Southampton in 2007, following a PhD in social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) and a BA Social Policy and Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a member of the UK Social Policy Association, the British Society of Gerontology, and the British Society of Population Studies. She is also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, Chair of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel (D), and Director of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training PartnershipProfessor Vlachantoni is a Deputy Director of Ageing & Society, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Policy. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2022.

Lisa Ballard is based in Clinical Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) in the Faculty of Medicine where she is researching ethical and legal issues in genetic and genomic medicine. She is a senior research fellow for the NIHR BRC (National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre) Data, Health and Society theme. This work explores stakeholder views regarding the use of routinely collected hospital data in a learning healthcare system and working with residents of SO14 with the HomeGrownSO14 Project ( In addition, Lisa contributes to the EPPiGen Project regarding ethical preparedness in genetic and genomic medicine, an ESRC funded project exploring decision making in predictive & prenatal genetic testing, and has been developing myKinMatters, a web app to help patients communicate genetic information to family members.

Seb Stannard is a PhD Student in Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an expert on the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) and his research interests concern utilising the BCS70 to explore the pathways through which events in childhood may impact both health and demographic outcomes at midlife, paying particularly attention to early life mediating pathways. For example, one of his papers focused on the association between birth order on mental wellbeing at midlife.

Laura Camfield is a Professor of Development Research and Evaluation, at the School of International Development Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK. She has 26 years international research experience using qualitative and quantitative methods and is an active participant in academic networks with a strong record of publication and presentation. Her research interests include well-being in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on more subjective/psychological aspects and developing measures that reflect local priorities; poverty research and evaluation using qualitative and mixed methods approaches; and children and young people. Currently, her two research foci are enhancing the quality of cross-national methodologies used to collect qualitative and quantitative data with children and young people in the global South (through Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence (GAGE) programme) and supporting rigorous qualitative and mixed methods evaluations.


The workshop 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