We invite submission of manuscripts for a Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology entitled: ‘Mapping qualitative research in psychology across Europe’
Special Issue Editors: María del Río Carral (University of Lausanne) and Eleftheria Tseliou (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Qualitative research in psychology seems to be gradually acquiring visibility at institutional level in certain European contexts through scientific societies, conferences, and journals – most notably in the UK, where the British Psychological Society has created a specific section devoted to qualitative research methods, and where the journal Qualitative Research in Psychology was founded. More generally, the field is dominated by Anglophone scholars working mainly in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand (e.g. Edwards & Potter, 1992; Fox & Prilleltensky, 1997; Hollway & Jefferson, 2000; Murray & Chamberlain, 1999; Parker, 1992; Willig & Stainton-Rogers, 2008). While continental Europe has produced some notable texts (e.g., Flick, 1998; Santiago-Delefosse & del Rio Carral, 2017), relatively little is known within the wider qualitative psychology community about how qualitative psychological research is debated, conceptualised, and practised across different European contexts.
Given that little is known about the plurality, complexity, and specificities of qualitative research in psychology across contemporary Europe, the aim of this special issue is to create, for the first time, a mapping of research practices and/or modes of organisation within European settings, by giving voice to submitting authors from different institutional and national backgrounds. We seek a variety of work reflecting upon specific challenges, strengths and/or needs to initiate and stimulate debates on how to make qualitative research in psychology more visible across Europe.
In doing this, we intend to strengthen this domain as a whole, and promote its links with concrete applications in higher education. Suggested types of papers that could be submitted appear here below; however, other types of related contributions are also encouraged.
- Theoretical, analysing research practices that portray relevant/innovative trends in particular
European institutional, cultural, socio-political settings
- Synthesising research practices and/or modes of organisation, presenting a state of the art
within a given cultural/national setting
- Methodological, e.g., presenting methodological innovations which may have been developed
- Dialoguing across specific research approaches, highlighting characteristics/challenges
- Reflexive, presenting needs and concrete perspectives that may contribute to address such
- Other types, as proposed by submitting authors
Questions regarding qualitative research in psychology to be addressed may include (but are not
- What is made visible/published/promoted today in Europe?
- What channels do researchers working in Europe use to disseminate their work?
- What are the ethical challenges raised by contemporary trends?
- How do researchers work and how do they organise collectively?
- What is specific to research practices in this domain in relation to other disciplines, and how
can a dialogue may be enhanced?
- What difficulties do they encounter and what means may be envisaged to create connections
- What is the current situation for younger generations engaged in this kind of research?
- How can the institutionalisation of this domain be strengthened?
• Other questions, as proposed by submitting authors
In the first instance, short proposals (maximum length of 500 words) should be sent to María del
Río Carral (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 22 December 2017. Following notification of
acceptance of proposals, authors will be invited to submit their full-text articles which will go
through a blind, peer-review process following the Journal’s procedures
• 22 December 2017: Deadline for submission of proposals
• January 2019: Proposals reviewed
• 05 February 2018: notification of outcome to authors; full papers invited (Deadline: 01 June
• June – November 2018: Review process and decisions conveyed
• Late 2019: Publication of special issue
- Edwards, D., & Potter, J. (1992). Discursive psychology. London: Sage.
- Hollway, W., & Jefferson, T. (2000). Doing qualitative research differently: Free association,
narrative and the interview method. Sage: London.
- Flick, U. (1998). An introduction to qualitative research. London: Sage.
- Fox, D., & Prilleltensky, I. (Eds.). (1997). Critical psychology: An introduction. Thousand Oaks:
- Murray, M., & Chamberlain, K. (Eds.). (1999). Qualitative health psychology: Theories and
methods. London: Sage.
- Parker, I. (1992). Discourse dynamics: critical analysis for social and individual psychology.
- Santiago-Delefosse, M., & del Rio Carral, M. (Eds.). (2017). Les méthodes qualitatives en
psychologie et sciences humaines de la santé. Paris: Dunod.
- Willig, C., & Stainton-Rogers, W. (Eds.). (2008). Qualitative research in psychology. London:
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