Planning Committees

TQ2021 Organizing Committee

Karin Olson

Conference Chair
and North America Region

Dr. Karin Olson is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.  She is also a Professor Emerita and Interim Coordinator of the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Olson’s current research has two main dimensions: the development of an etiological model of fatigue with a focus on intersections among health status, physiological and behavioural markers, and culture; and the impact of shared decision making in clinical settings on symptom management, quality of life, and health care utilization.

Sally Thorne

Board Chair

Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, DSc(Hon) is a Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada where she has maintained a longstanding program of substantive research in the fields of chronic illness, cancer experience, and end-of-life care as well as scholarship in the fields of philosophy of science, including the epistemological basis of disciplinary knowledge development in the health fields, and the nature of evidence claims in a complex health policy environment. She is the author of a body of applied qualitative methodological writing, including Interpretive Description (2008, Left Coast) and its second edition Interpretive Description: Qualitative Research for Applied Practice (2016, Routledge). She is Editor-in-Chief for Nursing Inquiry, a journal that deals with critical scholarship in nursing and health care. A longstanding member of the Advisory Board for the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, Thorne also serves on several other editorial boards, as well as consulting and speaking on matters relating to qualitative methods nationally and internationally.

Marie Tarrant

Director, School of Nursing, UBCO

Dr. Marie Tarrant is a Professor and Director of the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development on the UBC Okanagan campus. Her program of research focuses on improving maternal and child health outcomes and has resulted in an extensive publication record on a range of subjects, including breastfeeding and maternal and childhood vaccinations. A strong focus on health promotion and disease prevention in the context of women and children’s health underpins all of Dr. Tarrant’s work. Her research has not only helped to improve health outcomes but has also impacted health service delivery for new mothers, specifically as it relates to improved breastfeeding support in the immediate postpartum period.

Amanda Kenny

Australia, New Zealand, Asia Region

Emeritus Professor Amanda Kenny is a nurse and midwife. She led the development of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary rural health school and was the inaugural Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health. Her research involves extensive partnerships with vulnerable populations, and she is an expert in primary health, health services research, and rural health.  She is internationally recognised for her expertise in multidisciplinary participatory action research, deliberative decision making, innovative digital methods, and co-design. Amanda is a leader in knowledge translation and qualitative research methods.  She is Editor in Chief of the highly ranked Elsevier journal, Nurse Education Today.

Stuart Lane

Australia, New Zealand, Asia Region

Associate Professor Stuart Lane is coordinator of clinical studies, chair of the Ethics Law and Professionalism teaching theme for the Sydney Medical Program, and a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Nepean Hospital. His primary research interest is phenomenological analysis of human experience. He has implemented the first Intensive Care Unit follow-up clinic in NSW, developing knowledge and theory to optimise patient experience and management whilst they are in the ICU and beyond. He is also a keen ocean swimmer, and in 2017 he swam the English Channel, raising $12500 to assist research into chronic critical illness.

Catherine Houghton

UK and Ireland Region

Catherine Houghton is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway. Catherine’s research interests are primarily around qualitative research methodologies, qualitative evidence synthesis and the integration of qualitative research in trials. Catherine is Co-Chair of the Qualitative Research in Trials Centre: QUESTS ( ) and co-lead of the Qualitative Research in Trials (QRiT) target group, within the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership(TMRP).   Catherine is also a research associate for Evidence Synthesis Ireland, and a member of the Emergency Evidence Response Service (EERS) in response to COVID-19. She has led and co-authored a number of qualitative syntheses including a recently published Cochrane rapid review in response to COVID-19.

Shona Hilton

UK and Ireland Region

Shona Hilton is Professor of Public Health Policy and Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. She has a MSc in Health Education and Promotion, and a PhD in Social Sciences. She is an Editor for PLoS One, Associate Editor for BMC Public Health, co-convener for the BSA Scottish Medical Sociology Group and regularly sits as an appointed panel member for various grant funders. She has published over 100 scientific papers and recently co-edited a book in this field “The media and public health: where next for critical analysis?”. Her research largely focuses on contemporary issues facing biomedical, social and public health debates to help improve the timely translation of scientific knowledge into policy and public communications. As part of timely knowledge exchange, Professor Hilton is well connected as a member and advisor on national public health and third sector organisations, including as a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group ‘Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 and Beyond’.

Guendalina Graffigna

Continental European Region

Guendalina Graffigna is a Full Professor at the Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan (Italy) where she is member of the Coordination Committee of the PhD School in Psychology and of the Ethics Committee of the Department of Psychology. From 2017, she is the Director of the Consumer, Food & Health Research Center – EngageMinds Hub of the Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan and Director of the Executive Master in Patient Advocacy Management. Before her actual appointments, Guendalina has been a Post Doc fellow (A.A. 2007-2008) and visiting professor in Qualitative Methods (A.A. 2008-2009) at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta – CA with which she still collaborate for several research and teaching initiatives. Beside her academicals appointments she is currently Director of the Study and Training Centre of ASSIRM (Italian Association of Marketing Research Institutes and member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Association of Psychology. From 2018 she has been acting as evaluator for the Italian National Abilitation to the Accademic Career (ASN- MIUR) and from November 2020 she is member of the Italian Procedure of Academic Quality Assessment (VQR – MIUR) er research and scientific activities are mainly devoted to the study of patient engagement, food consumption, behavioral change for health promotion, vaccine hesitancy and consumers intelligence. She has spent the last 10 years of activity in constructing bridges between scientific/academic knowledge and at present she is coordinating an intra and inter university reflection for contributing to priorities and policies discussions on stakeholders’ engagement in the healthcare and in the agri-food sector. She is a qualitative research specialist with particular focus on discourse analysis, online qualitative research and focus groups. In 2014 she validated the PATIENT HEALTH ENGAGEMENT Scale: the first measure of the patients’ psychological experience of engagement in chronic care management, which is now widely adopted by healthcare and research organizations worldwide. According to the international scientific database Scopus she is the most productive scholar in the domain of PATIENT ENGAGEMENT.

Hanne Konradsen

Scandanavian Region

Hanne Konradsen is a Professor in Nursing at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital and University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Associate Professor at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden. Her research interests are related to i) the basic needs when becoming a patient, ii) involvement of families in nursing care and iii) innovation in nursing. She had her basic training as a phd student in Grounded Theory, and have since then been involved in a broader variety of qualitative research.

Patrick A. Palmieri

Latin American Region

Prof. Dr. Patrick Palmieri is a global health expert and research methodologist with 25+ years of experience in academia and industry. Currently, he is the director for Evidence-Based Health Care South America: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group and the director for the Centro Sudamericano de Investigaciones Cualitativas at the Universidad Norbert Wiener (Peru). In addition, Dr. Palmieri teaches a series of research methods courses at the College of Graduate Health Studies, A.T. Still University (United States) and he has served as the chair for more than 20 doctoral committees. He was the first nurse certified as a senior researcher by the Peruvian National Committee for Science, Technology, and Innovation (CONCYTEC). Dr. Palmieri is an associate editor for BMC Nursing and BMC Public Health and a member of the editorial boards for Nursing Open and Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. Notably, Dr. Palmieri was the first Peruvian inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, the America College of Health Care Executives, and the International Society for Health Care Quality. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Universidad Maria Auxiliadora (Peru) and the key to the City of Arequipa (second largest city in Peru) as a distinguished visiting scholar. In his spare time, Dr. Palmieri enjoys playing tennis, reading non-fiction books, and spending time at the beach with his young daughter.

Dilmeire Sant Anna Ramos Vosgerau

Latin America Region

Dilmeire Sant Anna Ramos Vosgerau has a degree in Informatics from the Federal University of Paraná (1983), a Specialization in Systems Development from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (1988), a Masters in Education from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (1999) and a Doctorate in Educational Sciences – : Educational Technologies by the University of Montréal – Canada (2005). She is an adjunct professor of the Graduate Program in Education – Master’s and Doctorate – at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná – PUCPR and researcher at the Center for Teaching and Learning at PUCPr – CrEAre. Leads the Research Group Creativity and Innovation in Higher Education (Cides). Has experience in Education, with emphasis on Information Technology and Communication, working mainly in the following areas: pedagogical training of the teacher of higher education; curriculum development by competencies; integration of digital technologies into the teaching and learning process; qualitative methods; use of software for the analysis of qualitative data; processes for systematic review. She is an international consultant for ATLAS.ti software.

Lydia Aziato

Africa and Middle East Region

Lydia Aziato is the Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana.  She has been a nurse for over 20 years.  She has a specialty certificate in Oncology Nursing from the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada and completed in 2006. Subsequently she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013. She holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau. She also serves on a number of boards and committees and she is an external examiner for a number of Universities in Ghana and internationally. She has published in many credible international peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for more than ten credible journals. Her research interests span across pain management, cancer and surgical nursing. She has advanced skills in qualitative research and curriculum development. She is interested in training and mentoring young nurses and students to enhance their skills and independence. 

Hadass Goldblatt

Africa and Middle East Region

Hadass Goldblatt, MSW, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, and an associate adjunct professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her research interests include the impact of the therapeutic encounter with violence, trauma, and severe health conditions on healthcare and welfare professionals; peoples’ coping with challenging conditions of ill-health, patient-provider relationships, interpersonal violence, and qualitative research methods.

Julianna Barabas

Event Coordinator

Julianna Barabas is an artist, entrepreneur and closet accountant whose practice and research interests span live art, gem cutting and carving, musical storytelling, photography, site specific installation and textile. She has been planning events of all scales for over 20 years, having started that path as Assistant Festival Director of the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the early 90’s.  She had the pleasure of working for IIQM in 2019-2020 and is thrilled to able to support TQ in this new, virtual iteration through UBCO. 

TQ2021 Sub Committees

North American Region – Karin Olson, Lead

Kathryn Roulston

Kathryn Roulston is Professor in the Qualitative Research Program in the College of Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she teaches qualitative research methods. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, qualitative interviewing, and analyses of talk-in-interaction. She is author of Reflective interviewing: A guide to theory and practice (2010), editor of Interactional studies of qualitative interviews (2019). She has contributed chapters to The SAGE handbook of interview research: The complexity of the craft (2012, 2nd ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (2014), and The SAGE Handbook of Data Collection (2018) as well as articles to Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, International Journal of Qualitative Methods and other journals. In her spare time she enjoys textile arts, including hand-dyeing, spinning and weaving.

Ricardo B. Contreras

Ricardo B. Contreras is an applied anthropologist with an undergraduate degree from the Universidad de Chile and a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida. He specializes in qualitative methods, community development, and applied research on Latino issues in the United States. As an international consultant, Ricardo directs the training and partnership development area of ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development, GmbH. He is also holds an adjunct instructor position with Oregon State University. 

Mitchell Allen

Mitchell Allen (Ph.D., Archaeology, UCLA) is founder and president of Scholarly Roadside Service, a scholarly publishing consulting company. In his 40 year career as an academic publisher, he spent two decades at Sage Publications then founded and ran two independent social science presses, AltaMira Press and Left Coast PressHe created the preeminent publishing program in qualitative research at Sage and continued that effort at his two subsequent presses. Allen has written one book and had over 30 articles appear in refereed journals on scholarly publishing, qualitative research, archaeology, and related subjects. He taught at five different universities and led publishing workshops for scholars on five continents.  


Maria Mayan

Maria Mayan is a community-based researcher and a qualitative methodologist. Her community-based research interests are in the area of partnerships and knowledge translation and how citizens, community-organizations, clinicians, governments and universities can work together to address disparities and improve health outcomes. Maria frames all of her research from this community-based research orientation and in particular, enjoys putting her efforts into poverty reduction. As Assistant Director of Women and Children’s Health portfolio she provides the lead on community-based research, qualitative research core resources for the Women and Children’s Health Research InstituteMaria’s love of qualitative methods started at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology where she spent over 10 years studying, teaching and using qualitative methods. She has been invited to teach qualitative inquiry by government, not-for-profits, the private sector, and the academic community worldwide. Her qualitative expertise has culminated into a book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry, available through LeftCoast Press. One of Maria’s most valued activities is joining with colleagues and graduate students to use both conventional and unconventional qualitative methods to explore intriguing and pressing health research issues. 


Eric Li

Eric Li is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management of the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus. His research interests include social enterprise and social innovation, not-for-profit marketing, pro-social behaviour, multicultural marketing and consumption, consumer well-being, health promotion, consumer privacy, food economy and market system, fashion and popular culture, and digital marketing and social media marketing. His work has been published and presented in a number of academic journals and conferences such as the International Marketing Review,American Behavioral ScientistQualitative Research in Organizations and ManagementManagement DecisionConsumption Market & CultureInternational Journal of Consumer Studies, Journal of Cleaner Production, Land Use Policy,as well as conferences such as the Association for Consumer Research annual conference, the American Marketing Association annual conference, Academy of Management Conference, and the Consumer Culture Theory Conference. 

Raymond C. Maietta

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D. is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting and professional development company. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers. More than 25 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and his team’s design of the Sort and Sift, Think and Shift qualitative data analysis approach.

Jeff M. Petruzzelli

Jeff M. Petruzzelli is a Qualitative Research Specialist at ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting and professional development company He is a co-designer of the Sort and Sift, Think and Shift qualitative data analysis approach (due for publication with Guilford Press in 2021). In his 19 years at ResearchTalk, Jeff co-teaches professional development workshops and works on a range of qualitative projects across disciplines. Project topics include recruitment of patients for clinical trials, challenges with H1N1 message communication, managing chronic hypertensive patients, evaluating mindfulness courses for terminally ill patients and building metrics for public health professionals. Currently, he co-facilitates a study that examines the dynamics of lifelong friendships.


UK and Ireland Region – Catherine Houghton and Shona Hilton, leads

Siobhán Smyth

Siobhán Smyth is a lecturer and programme director of School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has worked with people who have experience of mental health problems particular dementia both as a psychiatric nurse and as an academicShe has particular expertise in undertaking qualitative research and mixed methods analysis. Her research interests focus on: (1) the quality of life and care of persons with dementia and their carers with a focus on psychosocial interventions including reminiscence and life story work, and also psychosocial interventions in mental health care settings, and (2) the development and delivery of structured education programmes in dementiaShe has published in high quality peer reviewed journals and been co-applicant/collaborator on a number of interdisciplinary research projects including dementia and mental health lead projects 

Maura Dowling 

Maura Dowling is a senior lecturer at the School Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a member of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) research working group, QUESTS (Qualitative Research in Trials Centre), the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) and a research associate with Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI). Her research interests lie in the areas of haematologic malignancies and cancer survivorship. I have published widely across a range of qualitative methodologies including phenomenological approaches and qualitative evidence synthesis. 

Katrina Turner

Professor Katrina Turner is Head of Section of Applied Health Research in the Bristol Medical School, and Joint-Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care and the Bristol NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).  She has worked as a qualitative methodologist in health service/primary care research for over 20 years, has a disciplinary background in social sciences applied to health, and has particular expertise in integrating qualitative studies within randomised controlled trials to improve their design and delivery, and to develop and evaluate complex health interventions. 

Duygu Sezgin

Dr Duygu Sezgin is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway with MSc and PhD degrees in Public Health Nursing. She is the Programme Director for Wound Healing and Tissue Repair MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Programme in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research background includes frailty, older person care, chronic wounds, transitional and intermediate care, quality care metrics, and occupational health and safety. Duygu has publications and research interests in qualitative study designs, qualitative evidence synthesis including meta-aggregation, Delphi methodology, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and model-based interventions. She recently led a qualitative study in relation to experiences of intensive care nurses with COVID-19.

Chris Patterson

Dr Chris Patterson is a research assistant at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. He is a social scientist whose research focuses primarily on the communication of health issues and polices, using mixed-methods media content analysis and qualitative interview methods. Chris has primarily focused on public health policy related to unhealthy commodities and the commercial determinants of health. He is also interested in the translation of health research, including developing and maintaining an online critical appraisal tool named Understanding Health Research, and lecturing on critical appraisal.

Anna Terje

 Dr Anna Terje is a postdoctoral researcher with a specific interest in social prescribing, empowerment and self-management among older people. Her background is in sociology and anthropology, and she has extensive experience in qualitative methodologies, in particular ethnography and in-depth interviewing. Anna is currently working on the evaluation of mPower, a five-year social prescribing and eHealth project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).Terje’s PhD was a qualitative multi-method study of belonging, community and identification among the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. She has previously worked on the Scottish Health Survey, as well as as a Research Associate for What Works Scotland, examining public service reform in local authorities.

Latin America Region – Patrick Palmieri and Dilmeire Sant Anna Ramos Vosgerau, leads

Jackelin M.

Ms. Jackelin Posada-Ramos is an economist with a master’s degree in public policy from the Universidad del Valle (Colombia). She is an accomplished project manager with experience in multiple settings universities, foundations, and corporations. In addition, Ms. Posada is a certified ATLAS.ti trainer with extensive experience teaching qualitative methods in Argentina and Colombia. As the leader of the LoAsesores Group, she established the first qualitative laboratory in Colombia. Currently, Ms. Posada leads a team of researchers in applied qualitative research in multiple disciplines including business, education, health care, marketing, and public policy. She is a PhD candidate in social sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico).

Scandinavian Region  – Hanne Konradsen, lead

Marie Tyrrell

Marie Tyrrell is a registered nurse with specialist education in psychiatry and care of the elderly. Her dissertation in 2020, focused on persons´ and family members´ experiences of living with neurocognitive disorders and related symptoms. She presently works as a lecturer at Sophiahemmet University in Stockholm and is affiliated as a researcher to Karolinska Institutet. 

Charlotte Handberg

Charlotte Handberg works as Senior Researcher at The Danish National Rehabilitation Center for Neuromuscular Diseases and as an associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research areas relate to rehabilitation and palliation in neuromuscular diseases, cancer, patient involvement, transitions in health systems and gender studies. For her publications, projects, activities, press etc. please follow link:  

Marie Louie Thise Rasmussen

Marie Louie Thise Rasmussen is a registered nurse with a Master of Public Health and is current PhD student with the University of Copenhagen and employed in an Emergency Department at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital. Marie Louise´s PhD thesis explores patient involvement in the Emergency Department.

Australia, New Zealand and Asia Region  – Amanda Kenny and Stuart Lane, leads

Christina Whitehead

Christina Whitehead is an experienced clinical research manager in the Intensive Care setting in Australia. Christina has been awarded a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Bioethics and is a current PhD candidate with the University of Sydney. Christina’s areas of research interest are qualitative methodology, critical illness recovery, and the clinical applications of genetics. Christina’s PhD thesis explores the integration of genomic healthcare in nurses’ clinical practice.

Carol McKinstry

Carol McKinstry is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University, within the Rural Health School and based at the Bendigo Campus, in Victoria, Australia. She is also Head of the Rural Department of Allied Health. Her research has primarily focused on developing a workforce to meet the challenges of the future, particularly for communities in rural and regional areas and in emerging areas of practice for occupational therapists. She has published in leading international occupational therapy and allied health journals. She is an assistant editor for the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and a reviewer for the NHMRC Project Grants. Carol is the current President of Occupational Therapy Australia and holds a number of other board director positions.

Leigh A Hale

Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy / Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and went on to attain her MSc (Neurorehabilitation) and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). Leigh worked as clinical physiotherapist in all areas of physiotherapy before pursuing an academic career. Leigh primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation and falls prevention for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, and learning disabilities; and in aged care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable and support people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives. She has over 130 peer reviewed publications and six book chapters and is currently the principal investigator on two Health Research Council (NZ) project grants.

Claudia KY Lai

Claudia KY Lai is Honorary Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Honorary Nursing Consultant at The Hong Kong Baptist University, Visiting Professor at Yangzhou University, China, and Visiting Professor at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. She has practiced nursing in Hong Kong, Canada, and England, and worked briefly as a volunteer nurse in India. She has two main research programs – the care of people with dementia and their families, and the care of frail older people. She focuses on interventional and implementation research – aiming to make an impact on the health and wellbeing of humankind through changes in practice. She is the Founding Director of the Centre for Gerontological Nursing at PolyU, and presently a Board Member of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, USA. She publishes widely and has won research and education awards for her work on health promotion, knowledge dissemination, and dementia care.

Anna CohenMiller

Dr. Anna CohenMiller is an arts-based qualitative research methodologist and award-winning innovative pedagogue who examines issues of equity and inclusion in higher education, in Kazakhstan and internationally. She focuses on issues of gender in education and on improving teaching and learning across educational contexts. Dr. CohenMiller has a background in developing interdisciplinary, grant funded international collaborations and community initiatives. Select leadership includes: Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Kazakhstan, leading a partnership with the Asian Qualitative Research Association, Founder of The Motherscholar Project (, and Editor in Chief of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy ( Her forthcoming book, Questions in Qualitative Research in Multicultural Contexts, will be available from Routledge in Fall 2021.

Jay Jung Jae Lee

Dr Jay Lee is an assistant professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Hong Kong. He is a registered nurse in South Korea and New York, USA. Following 5 years of clinical nursing practice in stroke, Dr Lee obtained his MSc and PhD from the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he specialised and trained as a qualitative researcher. Dr Lee is deeply interested in adopting qualitative research approaches to eHealth fields including stroke care, smoking cessation and nursing education. He has published his qualitative research works in relevant world-leading journals, such as Stroke, Tobacco Control and JMIR. He also has considerable track record in using quantitative and mix-method research methods. He is currently leading several research projects that have been funded by the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong.

Arceli Rosario

Arceli Rosario is chair of the Education Department of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in Cavite, Philippines. She is president of the Asian Qualitative Research Association (AQRA). To promote the advocacy of AQRA, which is to empower and support qualitative researchers, she conducts training and mentors early career researchers. Her research interests are women leadership, educational administration, and church membership.

Virginia Dickson-Swift

Dr Virginia Dickson-Swift is a public health researcher with a particular interest in the role of emotion in qualitative research, and the use of qualitative methodologies in health research. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research in the La Trobe Rural Health School based in Bendigo, Australia. She is an accomplished qualitative methodologist who is best known for her work methodological work in sensitive research. Virginia’s key publications relate to issues for researchers when undertaking qualitative research on sensitive topics. She has over 20 years’ experience in teaching research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout Australia and internationally. Virginia has published over 50 articles on a range of topics and has presented a number of master classes in conjunction with the International Institute of Qualitative Methods (IIQM). She has been an active participant, presenter and keynote speaker at the IIQM and TQ2U conferences for many years.

Africa and Middle East Region – Lydia Aziato and Hadass Goldblatt, leads

Brigitte Smit 

Brigitte Smit (PhD, MEd Cum Laude, BED (HONS), BA(Ed), University of Pretoria) is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Brigitte is a twice National Research Foundation Rated Researcher, a Senior Accredited Professional Trainer of ATLAS.ti, and former Research Professor in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on qualitative research methodology, female leadership and relational ethics. She serves as a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and as Editor (Africa) for the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Continental Europe – Guendalina Graffigna, lead

Maria Grazi Rossi 

Maria Grazia Rossi (PhD in Cognitive Science, 2012) works as assistant professor and postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, NOVA University of Lisbon. Her current research focuses on the role of framing strategies (e.g. metaphors, emotive words, etc.) as cognitive tools fostering shared understanding and decision-making in healthcare communication. She promotes multidisciplinary through a cross-thematic approach integrating expertise coming from the fields of pragmatics, cognitive science, psychology, argumentation, and corpus linguistics. She has authored several papers, published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Health Communications, Journal of Pragmatics, Frontiers in Psychology. Maria Grazia is currently part of the Advisory Committee of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare and Deputy National Representative for Portugal within the same association. She organizes the annual conference “Caring discourse”, with the aim of promoting diverse national and international collaborations on topics related to communication in healthcare within academia and beyond.

Terri Mannarini

Terri Mannarini is Professor of Social Psychology with a major specialization in Community Psychology at Salento University, Italy. She is Editor-in-chief of the international journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective, Board member of EICAP – European Institute of Cultural Analysis for Policy and of the Italian Society of Community Psychology (SIPCO), and Coordinator of the Executive Committee of the Social Psychology section of the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP). Her current research interests focus on the analysis of participatory processes (grassroot movements, participatory policy-making, community engagement), community resilience and sense of community, migration and acculturation processes, and political and media communication.

Bojana Lobe

Dr. Bojana Lobe is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (UL), where she teaches a number of methodological courses (statistics, questionnaire design, qualitative methods, comparative research, digital technologies and data collection). Her research interests include online qualitative research methods, mixed methods and multimethod designs, qualitative comparative analysis, researching children’s experiences and digital technologies. She has authored a book Integration of Online Research Methods. She is a member of the research programme Social Science Methodology, Statistics and Informatics at UL. She is a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches.

Massimiliano Tarozzi

Massimiliano Tarozzi is professor at the Department for Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna, where he is founding director of the International Research Centre on Global Citizenship Education. He was co-director of the Development Education Research Centre at UCL – Institute of Education, where he is currently vesting professor. He has taught Qualitative Research Methods for years and is also regularly invited to lead seminars on qualitative methods in doctoral programs in several universities worldwide, including USA, Brazil, Argentina, China. Editor of “Encyclopaideia. Journal of Phenomenology and Education” for more than 10 years (now co-editor), is member of the editorial board of several qualitative research journals.

He has intensively written on qualitative research methods and grounded theory in particular. Among his recent publications What is Grounded Theory (Bloomsbury, 2020), also available in an early version in Italian and Portuguese and Designing Qualitative Research for Studies in Education in the SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design (Ed. U. Flick) in which he has also served in the International Advisory Board.