Qualitative Secondary Analysis: An Introduction

  • Irvine, A. L. (Invited speaker)
  • Cassandra Lovelock (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Qualitative Secondary Analysis (QSA) is a research method that utilises existing qualitative data to investigate new research questions or to approach topics from a different angle than was addressed by the original or ‘primary’ study. Secondary qualitative data may include oral histories, social media content or public documents. However, the main focus of recent methodological debate has been around the use of archived research data, predominantly qualitative interviews. In this introductory seminar, we will briefly describe some key issues and controversies around QSA, the methodological benefits and challenges, and some ethical issues particular to QSA methodology. We will draw on our own experiences of an ongoing QSA project which is using archived interview data to look at conceptualisation of mental health among people claiming welfare benefits in the UK during the mid-2010s. 
Period14 Mar 2024
Held atThe University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong., United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational