Antony Bryant is currently Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK. He has written and taught extensively on research methods, with a particular interest in qualitative research methods, and the Grounded Theory Method in particular.  His book Grounded Theory and Grounded Theorizing: Pragmatism in Research Practice was recently published by Oxford University Press (2017).  He is also Senior Editor of The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory (SAGE, 2007) – co-edited with Kathy Charmaz – together with whom he is preparing a new, companion edition due to appear in 2018. His research includes investigation of the ways in which the open source model might be used more widely, and in particular how it can be developed as a contributory feature for the re-constructed financial sector in the wake of the economic melt-down; coining the term Mutuality 2.0 and developing the concept in various contexts. He has supervised over 50 doctoral students, in topics including formal specification of software systems, development of quality and maturity frameworks, new forms of business modelling, and various aspects of e-government and e-democracy. He is currently working with Professor Land on a series of ‘conversations’ planned for publication that will cover issues in the development and impact of computer technology since the 1950s. Other recent publications include ‘The Grounded Theory Method’ in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods, P Leavy (Ed), Oxford 2014; A Bryant & U Raja ‘In the Realm of Big Data’, First Monday, February 2014; A Bryant, A Black, F Land, J Porra (eds.), Special Issues of Journal of Information Technology – ‘Information Systems History’ 2013(28) & 2013 (29).

Krzysztof T. Konecki, is Chief of the Department of Sociology of Organization and Management, Faculty of Economy and Sociology, at the University of Lodz (Poland), Editor-in-chief of Qualitative Sociology Review, and President of Polish Sociological Association. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Qualitative Methods Network of ESA. He is actually a member of the Board of Qualitative Methods Research Network of European Sociological Association and member of the Board of European Society for Study of Symbolic Interaction. He has published extensively on qualitative methods and grounded theory methodology and has done the study on symbolic interactions. His research interests include the sociology of organization and management, human and non-human animal interactions, and qualitative methodology of social research, visual grounded theory, contemplative inquiry, hatha-yoga and contemporary forms of spirituality.

Andrea Salvini, PhD, is Associate Professor of Methodology of Social Research at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa. His main research interests deal with processes of data analysis, especially in qualitative methods and Grounded Theory. On these topics he has published his last book, Percorsi di analisi dei dati qualitativi (Utet, 2015). He devoted more than ten years to theoretical and empirical research on voluntary organizations and social network analysis (SNA) on which he wrote several articles and essays, such as Symbolic Interactionism and Social Network Analysis. An Uncertain Encounter (2010), Volontariato come interazione (2012). In 2010 he organized the first European conference of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and he is now the President of the EUSSSI Board.

Irene Psaroudakis holds a Master in Communication and a PhD in Sociology. She is a post doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa, where she also teaches sociology and methodology. Her main fields of interest are Symbolic Interactionism (particularly about the Identity question, the rituals and the artistic processes) and Grounded Theory. She also works on Volunteering and Social Network Analysis. She coordinated a lot of quantitative and qualitative researches, and she’s the author of several essays, papers and articles. She’s the coordinator of the first two editions of the International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods.

Michael Dellwing, Ph.D., is a sociologist at the University of Kassel. His fields of research include ethnography, the sociology of culture, television, deviance and sociology of law, and sociology of psychiatry. Current projects include research on the transmediatization of non-digital games in digital societies, the relation between rhetorics of achievement and pathologization in school contexts, and ethnography as a method of online research. Publications include an introduction to ethnography (Einführung in die interaktionistische Ethnografie with Robert Prus, Springer, 2012) and an introduction to the work of Erving Goffman (Zur Aktualität von Erving Goffman, Springer 2015). Upcoming works will include a volume on Online Ethnography (with Alessandro Tietz and Marc-André Vreca) and a collection on the sociology of psychiatry (with Martin Harbusch and Aaron Bielejewski).

Thaddeus Muller, Ph.D.  is senior lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University. His main research topic is social control, transgression and resistance. Within this topic, he has been focussing on five themes: 1) cannabis, 2) transgression and resistance in the rock/pop-world, 3) defaulting homeowners  ‘fighting Wall Street’, 4) academic fraud and 5) public nuisance/safety. Currently, he is the vice president of the SSSI. He is also a member of the board of the European SSSI. He has  edited several publications on European contributions to SI, has organized the conference of the European SSSI in Rotterdam (2012) and will organize the SSSI conference in 2018 (4, 5 and 6 July).