Antony Bryant is Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK; Chief Researcher, The Education Academy, Institute of Educational Research, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

After completing a PhD on ‘The New Left in Britain’ at LSE, he lectured in sociology at the universities of Leeds and Durham, before completing an MSc in Computing, then working in commercial software. From there he took up a lectureship in Computing at Leeds Polytechnic, now Leeds Beckett University, and was promoted to Professor in 1993.

He has written extensively on qualitative research methods, being Senior Editor of The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory (2007) and The SAGE Handbook of Current Developments in Grounded Theory (2019); both co-edited with Kathy Charmaz.

His recent writing on Grounded Theory includes Grounded Theory and Grounded Theorizing (Oxford, 2017), The Varieties of Grounded Theory (SAGE, 2019), and ‘Continual Permutations of Misunderstanding: The Curious Incidents of the Grounded Theory Method’, Qualitative Inquiry, May, 2020.

Other recent writings include Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image, co-edited with Griselda Pollock (IB Tauris, 2010); ‘Liquid uncertainty, chaos and complexity: The gig economy and the open source movement’, Thesis Eleven, FEB2020; ‘A Conversation between Frank Land and Antony Bryant’, Journal of Information Technology, June, 2020 Parts 1 & 2; ‘What the Web has Wrought’, Informatics 2020, 7(2), 15.

In 2020 he was one of the founding members ofThe Coalition for Grounded Theory, a small group of grounded theory experts who organizedWorld Grounded Theory Day– 12-MARCH-2021 – an international webinar incorporating presentations covering the keyvarieties of grounded theory. (Details and access to the presentations can be found at  http://www.groundedtheoryonline.com/bibliography-and-references/conference/).

Dr Erno Lehtinen is a professor of education at the University of Turku and visiting professor at the Vytautas Magnus University. He has worked in several universities in Finland, other European countries and USA. His research has focused on cognitive and motivational aspects of learning, development of mathematical thinking, educational technology, and new forms of expertise in rapidly changing working life. Lehtinen has published more than 400 scientific publications. He was president of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI ) 2001-2003 and founding editor-in-chief of the EARLI journal Frontline Learning Research. In 2009 he got the Oeuvre Award EARLI.

Vilma Žydžiūnaitė is a professor at the Department of Education Management and Politics at Vytautas Magnus University and the Director of the Educational Research Institute, and a Head Researcher. The Professor holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a master’s degree in Education and a PhD in Education from Lithuanian universities, and a master’s degree in Nursing from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Tampere, Finland.

Her field of research focuses on leadership in education, in the academic context of higher education through the roles of researcher, teacher, and a head of an educational institution; on professional identity development and professional dignity; on the specifics of self-directed learning (self-regulatory and other subtypes of such learning). The professor is an expert in social research methodology – she has published several textbooks and study books, and articles on this topic.

She has published over one and a half hundred scientific articles and gave the same number of scientific presentations at international conferences. She has supervised sixteen doctoral students, who successfully defended their PhD theses, including not only educational area, but also sociology, management and psychology. She has supervised over fifty successfully defended master’s theses in education and social work. She is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals, and she has scientific and administrative experience by working on more than thirty international research projects.

Professor has conducted nearly two hundred  seminars on social research methodology for researchers, doctoral students and advanced scientists since 2014. She is a founded and a head of the School of Social Researcher.


Dr. Laura Purdy is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Business at Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom) and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Educational Research in Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). issues in the sport industry that relate to organisational and stakeholder relationships (i.e., athletes, coaches, general managers, agents, administrators). In this work, she has explored concerns relating to contract development, welfare, employee advocacy and the impact of technology on employment sustainability and precarity in sport. To do this, she has drawn upon ethnography, autoethnography, and case study, generating data primarily via interviews and (participant) observation.

 The endangered ethnography: Causes and consequences

This lecture will focus on the appeal and possibilities of ethnography whilst recognising the ethical and methodological challenges faced by ‘traditional’ ethnography (that which involves immersive long-term, cross-cultural covert/overt fieldwork in a ‘natural’ setting). Some of these challenges include institutional regulations, access to a ‘field’, safety of the researcher, and moral responsibility. Contemporary forms of ethnography are increasing in popularity as they resolve some of these issues (i.e., via the introduction of short-term fieldwork, virtual approaches, etc.), thus, it is proposed that the ‘traditional’ ethnography is endangered, and the consequences are considered.

Introduction to Ethnography

This three-hour seminar will introduce participants to the practicalities and challenges of undertaking ethnographic fieldwork. Towards this end, this session will focus on the art of fieldwork and possibilities for the generation of data. The seminar will also contain a discussion of non-traditional data representation (narratives, poetry, images, art, drama, etc).