Qualitative Research Seminar Series 2016-2017


Research & Valorization

Target groups

This seminar series, organised by the Doctoral Schools of Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Antwerp and Hasselt University, targets PhD students and young researchers in social and behavioural sciences at the beginning of their academic career.


All PhD students

Organising committee

  • Prof. Peter A. J. Stevens, Ghent University
  • Prof. Karen François, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Prof. Dimitri Mortelmans, University of Antwerp



Name contact person Doctoral School

Email address

Free University of Brussels (VUB)

Mr. Lowie Geers


Ghent University

Mrs. Mia Rousseau


Hasselt University

Mrs. Ilse Van Damme



  • Seminar 1: Developing interview questions and basic interview skills: Peter Stevens, Ghent University - April 24th, 2017 from 10:00 - 17:30 at UHasselt
Description and registration

  • Seminar 2: Focus group methods: Dorien Brosens, VUB - December 16th, 2016 from 09:00 - 17:00 at VUB
Description and registration: Seminar about focus groups

  • Seminar 3: Ethnography in challenging contexts: observing and responding to deviance and conflict: Tom Decorte, Ghent University - March 30th, 2017 from 9:30 - 16:30 at VUB
  Description and registration: Ethnography in challenging contexts

  • Seminar 4: Critical Discourse Analysis: Stijn Joye, Ghent University - April 14th, 2017 from 9:30 - 17:30 at VUB

  • Seminar 5: Narrative Analysis: Gerrit Loots, VUB and Carol Gilligan, NYU USA - March 23-24 from 10u00-13u00 and 14u00-17u00 at VUB
  Description and registration: Narrative analysis
  • Seminar 6: Strategies in qualitative data-analysis from a Grounded Theory perspective: from coding transcripts to writing output: Dimitri Mortelmans, Antwerp University - February 17th, 2017 from 9:00 - 17:00 at UGent (FPPW, H. Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent)
  Description and registration: https://webapps.ugent.be/eventManager/events/strategiesqrss

  • Seminar 7: Using NVivo for qualitative data analysis: Dimitri Mortelmans, Antwerp University - June 8 + 9th, 2017 from 9:00 - 17:00 at UGent, Campus HILO, Watersportlaan 2, Blok A – 1st floor, B-9000 Gent
  • Important note: Please bring your own refreshments and lunch ! These are not provided by the Doctoral Schools. There is a student restaurant on the campus.
Nvivo is by far the most widely used qualitative software program in the Low countries. Unlike its popularity, many users have difficulties implementing the software in their daily research practices.
This seminar gives researchers a first insight in the use of Nvivo. The first day focuses on two basic tasks. (1) Project management: how to start an Nvivo project and organize you material ? (2) Coding: how to code your transcripts and visual material ? Special attention will be attributed in gaining efficiency while coding. We also show how memos are used and integrated in your qualitative analysis.
The second day, we continue with more advanced tools in the package. (1) Node and source classifications. These are badly understood concepts in Nvivo while they give the qualitative researcher a powerful tool to make complex comparisons in their data. (2) Queries: how to build coding queries and text search queries ? How to adapt queries to search for coding, grounded in its context ? How to use queries in your coding work ? We will also show how classifications are used to explore you data with the matrix query. This query is the most powerful query in Nvivo and we show the different possibilities of this query in qualitative research projects. (2) Working in team: how to integrate Nvivo in larger projects ? (3) Other topics like the use of models, the use of Nvivo in focus groups and (if time) a short introduction in analyzing visual material with Nvivo.
If students have digitalized research material (transcripts, photos) they can make exercises on their own material. The language of instruction and communication in this seminar is English, unless all participants understand Dutch. Participants have to register for this seminar with their doctoral school. Due to the limited number of computers in the class room, only 30 participants can take part in this seminar.                                                          

  • Seminar 8: An introduction to writing qualitative research papers for publication in academic journals: Peter Stevens, Ghent University - May 9th, 2017 from 9:00 - 17:00 at VUB
Description and registration: Introduction to writing


Evaluation criteria (Doctoral Training Programme)

Presence and active participation. Each seminar can (on its own) be included as transferable skills seminar (cluster Research & Valorization) in the Doctoral Training Programme. Max. one seminar can be included in the minimum set of the training programme and max. 3 additional seminars can be included in the maximum set.

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Flemish Doctoral Schools. Participants from other institutions will be contacted individually about the registration fee.