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The crested Bellbird is our symbol. It is a native Australian bird with a  beautiful and distinctive song that can be heard across long distances. Similarly you can be assured that our excellently-crafted research will have long-lasting impact for your organisation or brand.

 


 

Six pathways to great qualitative research

We have been thinking how qualitative research has changed since we opened our doors in 1994.

These days, although we still use the traditional qual methods that underpin good practice, we also incorporate the best of the new and emerging methodologies and ways of thinking.  We interview and observe people in more places, doing more things, and talk to them on more topics and in different ways than we used to. We also think differently about what they tell us, because of the great progress that has been made in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

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Are we wasting the uniquely human gift of language?

Over the last few years, I have attended many conferences and read lots of blogs from people who do not want research participants to talk. These writers and speakers (oh the irony!) say that researchers cannot ask people what they are thinking, because people don’t know what their unconscious or non-conscious minds are doing.  

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The language of emoji

Ever the language-obsessed researcher, I spent some of my summer break studying the language of emoji! It seems to me to be a useful skill for researchers to learn how emojis are used and how we should interpret them.

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The books that inspired me

 

Research News recently featured the books that inspired five AMSRS Fellows including me. These are mine and I think they speak volumes (pun intended) of the kind of work that I personally do. They are symbolic in fact! My other team members Suzanne Burdon and Jane Gregory and others who join us from time to time also bring their own special skills to our projects.

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