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School of Education

Visual Methodologies Workshop 2016

Visually Mediated Research : Using Visual Methods in the Social Sciences

Monday 27 June / Tuesday 28 June 2016 DTC Suite, Daysh Building, Newcastle 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 for the workshop will be available soon. Supporting material, including suggested reading lists, will be provided to participants shortly before the workshop.

The workshop will take place at the DTC Suite, Daysh Building, Newcastle University.

Overnight accommodation will be the responsbility of participants.


  • 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
  • Dr Jill Clark | 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 the 2 days (for non regional participants). The workshop will be free for PGR students from Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teeside Universities.

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 60 on our 2016 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete Newcastle's online webstore system by June 1st 2016, where you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire. Click here to book . 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