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School of Education

Visual Methodologies Workshop 2015

Visually Mediated Research : Using Visual Methods in the Social Sciences

Monday, 29 June / Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Grey College , Durham University


The main aim of this advanced training is to focus on the use of visual methods to mediate interactions and build understandings within social science research. We will focus on different types of visual prompts and the processes associated with them; how they can be used within data collection, analysis and presentation stages of the research process. We aim to raise the profile of visual methodology and build capacity across the social sciences in the effective use of this advancing field.

These aims will be achieved through a two day training event, which will involve contributions from a variety of researchers who use visual activities and methods, focusing explicitly on different aspects of data collection, ethics, synthesis, analysis and dissemination. These sessions will draw on diverse examples from presenters' research, locating the process of 'visually mediated encounters', and the data generated, within visual research methodology and social science epistemology. This training will provide jargon free exemplars of sufficient critical insight, both theoretical and practical, to engage and inspire participants from across the social sciences to adapt high quality visual methods to their particular research situation. There will be opportunities for participants to undertake practical application of the theory in workshop sessions using a variety of qualitative and quantitative based visual approaches to data generation, analysis and communication.


The final programme of the workshop will soon be available. Supporting material, including suggested reading lists, will be provided to participants shortly before the workshop.

The workshop will take place at Grey College, Durham University.

Overnight accommodation will be the responsbility of participants, although a small number of rooms may be available through the university for those travelling from outside the area.


  • Dr Kate Wall | School of Education | Durham University
  • Dr Pamela Woolner | School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences | Newcastle University
  • Dr Elaine Hall | School of Law| Northumbria University
  • Karen Laing | School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences | Newcastle University


The workshop is open to all PhD students in the social sciences, arts and humanities who are interested in the potential for visual methodologies in their research. No prior knowledge or expertience of visual metholodogies is required.


The workshop will cost £60 to attend (for non Durham/Newcastle participants). The workshop will be free for PGR students from Durham and Newcastle Universities; there will also be 10 free places for Northumbria University students allocated on a first come first served basis.

The cost includes lunch on each day, and tea and coffee, but does not include accommodation or evening meal.

How to Register

Places are limited to 50 on our 2015 workshop. They will be allocated through an application process. If you are interested in attending please complete our online registration form as soon as possible as THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE. Successful applicants have already been notified of their offer of a place, and any new applications will be notified as soon as possible. If you have any questions please get in touch with Bethan Kelly at the following email address;

The Visual Methodologies Workshop is a collaboration between the universities of Durham and Newcastle. It forms part of the North East Doctoral Training Centre's (NEDTC) programme for advanced training for doctoral students in the social sciences.

Further Information

Please contact Bethan Kelly at (+44) 0191 3341987 | if you require any further information about the workshop