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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Tom
dc.contributor.authorMcKee, Kim
dc.contributor.authorMcLoughlin, Pauline Joy
dc.identifier.citationMoore , T , McKee , K & McLoughlin , P J 2015 , ' Online focus groups and qualitative research in the social sciences : their merits and limitations in a study of housing and youth ' , People, Place and Policy , vol. 9 , no. 1 , pp. 17-28 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-3611-569X/work/32192391
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers the use of online focus groups as a method for conducting qualitative research in geography. Researchers have increasingly utilised online focus groups involving live, synchronous chat room interactions. However, to date there has been little insight and a lack of discussion as to the applicability of online focus groups in geography and the wider social sciences. Reflecting on a study of young people’s housing opportunities and financial welfare in the UK, this paper considers the advantages and limitations of online qualitative methods. We argue that online methods offer significant advantages, especially in longer-term studies crossing time and space, but that their design and implementation raises methodological challenges, with implications for the depth and insight of the knowledge produced. Their use for research in geography therefore requires reflexivity and adjustment, including attention to the positionality of the researcher, the nature and level of participant involvement, and adjustment to the loss of non-verbal cues and interactions found in conventional qualitative research. This paper advances knowledge on the opportunities and challenges to online methodologies, and highlights how creative use of web-based technology can support geographers conducting qualitative research.
dc.relation.ispartofPeople, Place and Policyen
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dc.subjectYoung peopleen
dc.subjectOnline researchen
dc.subjectQualitative methodsen
dc.subjectFocus Groupsen
dc.subjectGF Human ecology. Anthropogeographyen
dc.titleOnline focus groups and qualitative research in the social sciences : their merits and limitations in a study of housing and youthen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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