Key teachers are the most renowned scholars internationally.

Antony Bryant is Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. Having studied natural sciences at Cambridge, he turned to Social and Political Theory for his final two years before completing a PhD on the New Left in Britain at LSE. He later completed an MSc in Computing, working in commercial software before becoming a Lecturer in Computing at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Beckett University).

Tony has developed and taught a wide range of post-graduate courses in The Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, and China. He has supervised over 50 doctoral students, many of whom have used Grounded Theory in their research.

Key monographs include: Thinking Informatically: A New Understanding of Information, Communication and Technology(Edwin Mellen Press, 2006), Grounded Theory and Grounded Theorizing(Oxford University Press, 2017), The Varieties of Grounded Theory(Sage Swifts, 2019).

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

He has also co-edited, with Griselda Pollock,Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image(IB Tauris, 2010).

Articles include:

Bryant, A. & F. Land ‘A Conversation’ Journal of Information Technology, 2020

Bryant A. Bryant, A. Black, A., F. Land,  and J.Porra,  Information systems history: ‘What is history, what is IS history, What IS history, and why even bother with history?’ Journal of Information Technology, 28:1 (2013)

Liquid modernity: Liquid arts: With contributions from Griselda Pollock, Zygmunt Bauman, Antony Bryant, Gustav Metzger-Editor’s introduction and summary. Theory, Culture and Society, 2007, 2:1‘The Metropolis and Digital Life’, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 27,(2010) No. 36.

Jonathan A Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London UK. Prior to that, he held appointments at Keele and Sheffield Universities in the UK. He has developed interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) as one particular experiential qualitative methodology in psychology and employed it in a wide range of areas, particularly in health.

He has published many journal articles and edited a number of books. He is the lead author of the definitive book on IPA, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis(Sage, 2009, with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin). At Birkbeck Jonathan leads the IPA research group, comprising researchers and PhD students and he teaches qualitative methods at all levels.

IPA is now one of the leading qualitative methodologies in psychology and it is also beginning to be used in a wide range of other disciplines. Researchers are now using IPA in many different countries.

 One-day workshop on interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

This workshop provides a practical introduction to the experiential, qualitative approach-interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The aim is that, by the end of the workshop, attendees will recognise the important principles of the approach and feel they are in a position to understand how to conduct a study using IPA, should they wish to do so.

The workshop will begin with a short example of a study conducted by Jonathan. The best way to get to grips with the value of an approach is to see what it can produce. This will be followed by a brief presentation of the theoretical underpinnings of IPA.

Most of the workshop will be taken up with Jonathan guiding participants through the stages involved in conducting an IPA study: design, data collection, analysis, writing up. There will be opportunities for hands on work by delegates during the class.

Irene Psaroudakis holds a PhD in Sociology and a Second Level Professional Master in Communication, and is research fellow at Pisa University, where she teaches methodology and sociology. Her main fields of interest are Symbolic Interactionism (particularly about the dynamics of Identity construction, understood through rituals and artistic processes), and Grounded Theory. She also works on Volunteering, Social Network Analysis, and Sociology of Imaginary. She coordinated many quantitative and qualitative research, and she’s the author of books, several essays, papers and articles. She is the coordinator of the I, II and IV editions of the International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods.

Judita Kasperiuniene is an associate professor at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Informatics, Lithuania. Recently Judita finished her Post Doc study on professional identity construction in social media applying symbolic interaction framework and grounded theory methodologies as well as text mining and social network analysis techniques. She holds a Ph.D. in social sciences, education, and M.Sc. in information technologies. Judita is a (co)author of over 20 research publications in international and national scientific editions; 2 monographs; 4 study handbooks. She constantly makes presentations in international and national conferences and workshops, initiate and actively participate in scientific projects.

Skills and expertise: symbolic interactionism, qualitative research, new media technologies, digital culture, media sociology, sociology of education, technology-enhanced learning, self-regulated learning, serious games, social network analysis, social media analytics, application of AR/VR technologies in social settings.

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Michael Dellwing is lecturer and adviser in qualitative research at Leuphana University Lüneburg. his work focuses on symbolic interaction, ethnography, grounded theory, especially in the fields of cultural sociology, digital society, deviance and the sociology pof pathologization. Current publications include a volume on pathologizing society, with upcoming volumes on the sociology of games and the role of creativity in social science research.