Introduction seminar Qualitative Research Design

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00 to Friday, October 13, 2017 - 16:00
Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to learn about the meaning and experiences that participants hold about a problem or issue, by identifying patterns or themes.
Throughout the academic year 2017 – 2018 the VUB organizes a series of two-day seminars in Qualitative Research.  (details in attachment below)
For each seminar participants are asked to bring into discussion their own study design and experiences as each two-day seminar is based on an interactive working group design. Both preliminary conceptual ideas on a planned qualitative oriented study as well as more elaborated study designs or even first research results are welcomed.
1.Qualitative Research Design
This seminar provides the participants with an overview of the common frameworks that investigators bring to their qualitative research inquiries. This two-day seminar discusses several qualitative traditions that exist: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study design. The use of focus groups will also be highlighted.
However, the preferred approach depends on the intent of the research. Since these frameworks influence the research design, the types of questions and problems examined, the approaches to data collection, analysis, evaluation and the writing of a summary of results.
For whom: 

Phd students and post-doctoral researchers of a Flemish university: free of charge

Maximum: 22 participants.

Credits: 1 credit for two-day participation.

We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.
Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Elsene
(Room to be confirmed)
Basic concepts
Workshop: one or few days / practically oriented
Dr. Hubert Van Puyenbroeck