Promoting Qualitative Research in Switzerland


  • Thomas S. Eberle Universität St. Gallen



networking, promoting qualitative research, qualitative and quantitative methods


The Social Science Policy Council (SSPC), a committee of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, has launched an initiative to promote qualitative research in Switzerland. In this article, the reasons and objectives of this initiative are delineated. Qualitative research in Switzerland is as strong as in other countries, but it is somewhat lagging behind with regard to networks and structures that could offer information, support, resources, quality control and advanced training. There is hardly any mandatory training in qualitative methods at Swiss universities, and there exists no archive which is specialized to acquire and process qualitative data and no resource center that offers services and advice to qualitative researchers. The objectives of the SSPC's initiative are described as well as the next steps being taken. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0502311


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Author Biography

Thomas S. Eberle, Universität St. Gallen

Thomas Samuel EBERLE ( Present position: Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Institute of Sociology, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Currently President of the Swiss Sociological Association. Chair of the Research Network "Qualitative Methods" of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 2001-2003. Major research areas: phenomenological sociology; sociology of knowledge; methodology; sociology of culture, communication and organizations.




How to Cite

Eberle, T. S. (2005). Promoting Qualitative Research in Switzerland. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(2).



Part 1: The Why and How of Qualitative Methods