Qualitative analyses of interview data

Lecturer: Jolanta Drzewiecka

Modality: In presence

Week 2: 19 - 23 August 2024


Workshop contents and objectives

This workshop focuses on the main types of qualitative analyses of in-depth interviews, including grounded theory, qualitative content analysis, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, discourse critical analysis, and affective-discursive analysis. We will differentiate these analyses in terms of the philosophical worldviews that inform them (e.g., social constructivist, realist, postmodernist, materialist) and discuss their appropriateness for different types of theoretical frameworks and research questions. We will also address the suitability and limits of interview data as well as issues of validity and reliability.

The main part of the workshop will focus on

  1. practical steps for processing the data, iteration and progression
  2. developing depth of interpretation to build insight and aggregating findings
  3. connecting interpretation to theoretical concepts and questions to provide insight and advance theory
  4. presenting findings in a persuasive manner

We will discuss structured approaches that use discourse strategies or coding schemes developed from theory or previous studies, inductive approaches that derive coding from the data, as well as deconstructive approaches that focus on unmasking underlying ideologies and power operations. The participants will read examples of different analyses, do exercises on various data sets, and work with their own data. They will receive individual feedback from other participants and the professor.

The workshop will focus on conceptual understanding of practical steps and decisions that have to be made at various junctures in the processing of qualitative data, whether aided by software or not. We will not be learning any specific software as the focus is on conceptual understanding and processing of data independent of any software.


Workshop design

The workshops will include lectures on the frameworks and approaches, discussion of reading materials, practical examples, and individual and group coding (of one’s own data or other data).

The participants will need to read assigned materials prior to the workshop.


Detailed lecture plan (daily schedule)

Day 1.
Introduction to qualitative analyses
What are the paradigms
Interview data, useful or not?
Content analysis
Grounded theory

Day 2.
Grounded theory based coding procedures
Analytical imagination
Thematic analysis
Coding (individual and/or in groups)

Day 3.
Narrative analysis
Coding (individual and/or in groups)
Progress presentations/discussion

Day 4.
Critical Analyses
Affective-discursive analysis
Coding (individual and/or in groups)
Progress presentations/discussions

Day 5.
Catch-up and recap
How to write up analyses
Progress presentations
Final questions and answers


Class materials

Readings and other materials will be posted on iCorsi or made available in class.



The participants should have a basic understanding of qualitative research design. It will be helpful to have your own data to analyze.


Recommended readings or preliminary material

Below you will find an ‘initial’ reading list. Further texts will be sent to the participants before the workshop.

  • Denzin, N. (1994). The art and politics of interpretation. In Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research, 500-515. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Edwards, R. & Holland, J (2020). Reviewing challenges and the future for qualitative interviewing. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 23, 581-592.
  • Hughes, J., Hughes, K. Sykes, G. Wright, K. (2020). Beyond performative talk: critical observations on the radical critique of reading interview data. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 23, 547-563.
  • Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of Qualitative Research: techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory. London: Sage.