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School of Education

Visual Methodologies Workshop 2014

Developing Theory & Practice in Visual Methodologies

Monday, 23 June / Tuesday, 24 June 2014 | DTC Training Suite, Newcastle University

Visual methodologies, which encompasses techniques such as mapping, story boarding and infographics, are an important and growing area of social science research. This two-day advanced workshop will equip postgraduate doctoral students with a critical understanding of how to best use visual methods in their research and develop the theory and practice of visual methodologies. 

The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of visual research methodologies and its core skills and techniques;
  • Consider the role of visual methods in data collection, research ethics, synthesis, analysis and dissemination;
  • Explore the theoretical prospectives, epistemological traditions and latest practices that have shaped the development of visual methodologies; and
  • Enable participants to translate how visual methodologies can be used to support their own research.


Click here for the outline programme of the workshop. Supporting material, including suggested reading lists, will be provided to participants shortly before the workshop.

The workshop will take place in the DTC Training Suite, in the Daysh Building on Newcastle University Campus.

Overnight accommodation will be responsbility of participants although a small number of rooms may be available through the university accommodation office.


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

How to Register

There are approximately 50 places available on our 2014 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete our online registration form by Friday 30 May 2014. Prospective participants will then be contacted by Friday 6 June as to their registration status.

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 Carole Allan at (+44) 0191 2085190 | if you require any further information about the workshop