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Advancing Image-Elicitation Methods in the Social Sciences

  1. Advancing Image-Elicitation Methods in the Social Sciences

Would you like to know more about how to use and theorise image-based methods in your research?

The Open University is offering free, ESRC-funded, on-line advanced training on image elicitation methods.

Aimed at PhD, early career researchers and those seeking to develop their methodological expertise, this on-line training offers a flexible way to enhance understanding of these important social science methods.

The training, delivered in three short modules, will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced visual researchers.

Module one: Researching visually with ‘vulnerable’ participants will critically explore concepts of voice, marginality and inclusivity, interrogating current approaches to ethics, representation and anonymity.

Module two: You will participate! complicates the rhetoric of participation, critically addressing the claim that visual research methods inherently facilitate collaborative working by exploring the wider political and cultural context of participation.

Module three: The future of image elicitation explores how visual research methods may develop in the future, given the pervasiveness of digital technology amongst both researchers and their research project participants.

Synchronous and asynchronous on-line communication will enable participants to work through theoretical and practical problems inherent in working visually in order to enhance their practice and contribution to this important field.

Module one will run from Monday 16 January to Friday 27 January 2017Module two will run Monday 27 February to Friday 10 March 2017, and Module three will run Monday 24 April to Friday 5 May 2017

Each two-week module requires 13 hours of study.

In order to take part in one of the modules, you must complete the pre-registration proforma.  The closing dates for pre-registration are:

Module 1 – 25 November 2016 - NOW CLOSED
Module 2 – 13 January 2017 - NOW CLOSED
Module 3 – 6 March 2017 - NOW CLOSED

Places are limited.  In order to study on the AIEM programme you must have some research experience.  You will need to have access to a good broadband connection and an academic library. Modules will be presented in English and all times are UK GMT/BST.

For the duration of the module you will be bound by The Open University’s Computing Code of Conduct.

There is no formal assessment.  You will be given a letter of completion upon satisfactory completion of the module.

If you are interested in pre-registering for one or more of these modules, please click the link below:

Module one: Researching visually with ‘vulnerable’ participants (NOW CLOSED FOR PRE-REGISTRATION)

Module two: You will participate! (NOW CLOSED FOR PRE-REGISTRATION)

Module three: The future of image elicitation (NOW CLOSED FOR PRE-REGISTRATION)

If you have any queries, please contact us at

Professor Gillian Rose - @ProfGillian

Professor Helen Lomax - @LomaxHelen

Dr Nick Mahony - @CreatingPublics