Learning to Use Visual Methodologies in Our Research: A Dialogue Between Two Researchers


  • Nick Emmel University of Leeds
  • Andrew Clark University of Salford




visual methods, walkarounds, dialogue


In this paper we discuss learning about using visual methodologies in a research project exploring social networks, neighbourhood spaces and community in an inner city-area of a British northern city. We draw on the substantive and methodological experiences of visual researchers and provide an account of the ways in which we discussed, developed, and reflected on the value and possibilities of visual methods in our data collection and analysis. We present the paper as a dialogue to represent how, as a research team, we engaged in an on-going iterative engagement with the visual methods we used. Our dialogue considers visual data we collected through a walkaround method, focusing on how these data contributed to our understanding of the field, data analysis, the refinement of research questions, and theoretical development in the research. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1101360


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Author Biographies

Nick Emmel, University of Leeds

Nick EMMEL is senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Leeds, UK. His substantive research interests include inequality and the experiences of poverty in place. At the moment Nick is writing a book on sampling and choosing cases in qualitative research for Sage.

Andrew Clark, University of Salford

Andrew CLARK is lecturer in sociology at the University of Salford. His research interests focus on urban space, and predominantly on neighbourhood and community change.




How to Cite

Emmel, N., & Clark, A. (2011). Learning to Use Visual Methodologies in Our Research: A Dialogue Between Two Researchers. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.1.1508