Studying families: focus on qualitative methods and approaches for interdisciplinary collaboration

Target audience

Members of the Doctoral School

Organizing and scientific committee

Steven Piek (Bioethics Institute Ghent)

Kato Verghote (Bioethics Institute Ghent)

Prof. dr. Veerle Provoost (Bioethics Institute Ghent)

Dr. Michiel De Proost (Bioethics Institute Ghent and Centre for Ethics and Humanism)

Dr. Memory Mphaphuli (Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality, VUB)


This interdisciplinary course brings together PhD students and professors from the fields of sociology, (empirical) ethics, psychology and anthropology under the umbrella-theme of ‘family research’. The aim is to exchange views on research methodology with an emphasis on data collection and analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to presentations by the guest teachers, students will present a part of their own research and highlight the challenges they encountered as well as give and receive feedback from the rest of the group.


This specialist course offers students the opportunity to learn from lecturers with extensive expertise on conducting research with families and from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Participants will be stimulated to exchange ideas with teachers and peers about how to go about their own qualitative research project and how to potentially apply specific strategies to improve their work.The course offers excellent networking opportunities for the students thanks to discussions and feedback-sessions. This Specialist Course will also boost participants’ professional communication by making an appeal to their presentation skills and their ability to formulate and receive constructive feedback. Discussions regarding the prescribed literature help to sharpen their ability to distil the main ideas from a text and to convert elements from methodological literature into tools and approaches that are applicable in their research practice.

Dates and venue

11-13 October 2023

Henry van de Velde-zaal, Rozier 9, 9000 Gent


Here you can find the detailed programme.


Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members.

The no show policy applies.

Number of participants




Training method

Each participant is required to submit a ‘project summary’: a written overview of their PhD project (2,000 words, 10% deviation) two weeks before the start of the course. This will allow the guest lecturers to get an overview of the participants, provide tailored feedback and to prepare themselves. Organisers Kato Verghote and Steven Piek will read each text to subsequentially link students to lecturers on the basis of their expertise.

Evaluation method

Each student will be evaluated on the basis of their active participation (attendance 100%, partaking in discussion, giving feedback on presentations of their peers), the quality of their presentation and the project summary that they are required to hand in on beforehand.

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this can take up to one to two months after completion of the course.