AWRN-Funded Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for Animal Welfare Research

Date: 04/04/2024

University of Liverpool


This workshop on “An introduction to qualitative research methods for animal welfare research” will take place at the Foresight Centre (Block J) at University of Liverpool on Thursday 4th April 2024


08:45-17:00 with optional evening activity and dinner

Led by Dr Tamzin Furtado and Dr Rebecca Smith, with guest speakers

Qualitative research has the potential to provide insight into the human factors which contribute to animal health and welfare, yet this approach is used far less frequently than quantitative methods. Qualitative data explores human experience and behaviour, for example in the form of interviews, focus groups, textual analysis, and observational methods, in order to understand why people behave the ways they do, the values they hold, and what influences their behaviour. However, the principles and practices of qualitative research are often misunderstood by those more familiar with quantitative methods; for example, concerns may relate to the small sample sizes, generalisability of results, and quality assurance.

This workshop will provide researchers new to qualitative methods with a practical insight into the guiding principles, foundations, ethics, methods, and analysis processes used, as well as trouble-shooting. Using interactive workshop activities throughout, the workshop will take researchers through the stages of designing, planning and carrying out a project of interest to them. The workshop will be open to AWRN members, and aimed at those new to qualitative research or with limited experience.

The workshop will leave participants with the basic skills to run their own study, and information about where to access more indepth resources and advice about specific issues and methods.



This is an in-person event taking place at University of Liverpool. 



You can register for this event on the link here: LINK TO REGISTER

This event is open to members of the AWRN only. Membership is free and you can apply by completing an online form. To find out more follow this link.

Spaces are limited to 40 attendees. Please let us know if you register and can no longer attend so that we can reallocate your space.

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