Qualiti at Cardiff

Institutional Context of Qualiti

Qualiti is based in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. This is an interdisciplinary school, with significant substantive and methodological expertise across a range of areas and disciplines (including education, sociology, social and public policy, social work, childhood studies, gender and sexuality, anthropology, health studies, social work and social welfare, science studies, psychology, and criminology and criminal justice). The School provides a strong interdisciplinary environment for the conduct and communication of high quality, internationally recognised research.

Qualitative Research at Cardiff

Cardiff has made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of qualitative inquiry and ethnography. Cardiff has an established track record in methodological innovations in qualitative research, including work on alternative representations, reflexivity and texts, visual methods for data generation and analysis, hypermedia approaches and the use of digital technology . Cardiff is also the editorial home of the international Handbook of Ethnography (2001; Sage) and the journal Qualitative Research.

Qualiti benefits from active engagement with other research groups and centres at Cardiff whose members have an international reputation within the field of qualitative inquiry. These include the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, the Cardiff Institute for Society, Health and Ethics, and the Seafarers International Research Centre.

Research Capacity Building at Cardiff

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is engaged in a number of significant and substantial research capacity building activities. It hosted the ESRCTeaching and Learning Research Programme Research Capacity Building Network (RCBN) (directed by Gareth Rees and managed by Chris Taylor). The RCBN developed and extended the methodological repertoire and skills of teaching and learning researchers across the UK at all stages of their careers, and has generated considerable expertise in assessing and meeting social scientific training and capacity building needs. The School also has active capacity building partnerships with non-HE institutions through, for example, the Health and Social Care Research Support Unit (funded by the Welsh Office of Research and Development) and the Welsh Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (funded by the Welsh Assembly Government) (both directed by Gareth Williams). Research Capacity building is also actively supported through research centres within the School, including the ESRC funded Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAgen), directed by Paul Atkinson.There is also considerable experience in postgraduate and professional training, ongoing staff development and supporting research cultures and careers.