J. Moran-Ellis, V. Alexander,
A. Cronin, M. Dickinson, J. Fielding, H. Thomas, J. Sleney
Department of Sociology, University of Surrey.
February 2003-February 2005
The practices, processes, and implications, involved in integrating data and findings
from multi-methods have not often been the topic of direct attention in research projects.
Focusing on a substantive concept, this project investigates the methodological issues
that arise in multi-method and multi-level approaches to a research question concerned
with how vulnerability is perceived, experienced, and responded to, in
everyday life and at the planning/policy level?
Aims and Objectives
- Make visible the work of methodological integration
and develop an understanding of the processes and practices involved
- Transform these insights into advanced-level teaching materials;
- Contribute to a richer understanding of vulnerability, coping, and resilience.
- A study manual with CD-ROM /Internet site including data/excerpts from
the projects and methodological components;
- Day courses and advanced training workshops;
- Academic and professional journal articles;
- Conference papers.
Five small, substantive projects will be conducted to generate qualitative and
quantitative data on vulnerabilities using different methods and focusing on
different units of analysis:
- Geographical Area/Level: secondary analysis of quantitative datasets and mapping data;
- Physical Community: visual methods to explore perceptions of vulnerability in the built
- Marginal Communities: online and offline interviews, focus groups, and electronic
diaries to explore non-heterosexual womens experience and management of
vulnerability in real and virtual spaces;
- Household: qualitative interviews with all household members to explore distributions of
perceived and experienced vulnerabilities;
- Individual: In-depth interviews to explore experiences of vulnerabilities and responses
amongst people living alone.
Data on the related methodological practices and processes will be generated in team
meetings and discussions, researcher diaries, and a shared methodology diary.