Feature: Qualitative Methods Journal Club

This SSA-funded initiative is aimed at increasing knowledge of qualitative research practice. The Journal Club is overseen by Professor Jo Neale from King’s College London, and will be hosted by different international academic institutions on a rolling 6 month programme.

The first 6 months of the Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) was facilitated by Dr Charlotte Tompkins from the Addictions Department at King’s College London. From June 2017, researchers from within the Department met monthly to discuss a good quality qualitative research paper. Following the meeting, a copy of the paper and a summary of the discussion from the journal club was made available on the SSA website. The QMJC has then moved to a different academic centre roughly every 6 months:

February 2018: Centre for Social Research in Health in Sydney, Australia. Led by Dr Jake Rance

September 2018: University of British Columbia in Canada, led by Dr Ryan McNeil

March 2019: Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University in Denmark. Led by Dr Maria Dich Herold

November 2019: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University in Australia. Led by Dr Adrian Farrugia

May 2020: Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, led by Dr Katherine Rudzinski

November 2020: Substance use research group, Glasgow Caledonian University, led by Dr Elena Dimova, Dr Matt Smith and Professor Carol Emslie.

Over time, this will develop into a library of examples of good practice that those interested in conducting qualitative addictions research can access.