Qualitative interviews are frequently used in social research, yet tend to be perceived as an unproblematic method that simply uncovers psychological or social realities. Consequently, interview research often lacks critical understanding and under-theorises its data. To overcome this, the course introduces theoretical underpinnings of qualitative interviews and provides practical training in interview design, data generation and management.
About the lecturer
Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez is a lecturer and a researcher of communication theory, public affairs and public relations at the University of Stirling. She holds a PhD in Sociology – Communication Sciences from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her current research interest is in political and communication studies with a special focus on influence patterns and interactions between political institutions and the media, gender in media and communication and qualitative research methods, particularly interviews. She has extensive international experience in interview research and teaching. She has been an Instructor of Expert Interviews at the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) Summer Schools in Methods and Techniques since 2008 and has taught interview research at several universities and research institutes in Europe and Canada.
Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.For inquiries please contact the GIGA DP Student Assistant.