Karen O’Reilly

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University

Karen O'Reilly is Freelance Researcher and Training Provider, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, and Co-Investigator on the www.BrexitBritsAbroad.org project at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has taught ethnographic and qualitative methods for almost 30 years, including the Essex Summer School, the Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods, in Lugano; at universities in the UK, Germany, Norway, and Hong Kong. Her experience also includes being a Member of the Advisory Board of the NCRM biannual Research Methods Festival 2011-2012; and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2012 – 2016. Karen is a highly experienced ethnographer and qualitative researcher whose many publications include two widely cited books on ethnography: Ethnographic Methods (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2012) and Key Concepts in Ethnography (Sage, 2009). Karen provides short courses for the Social Research Association on a regular basis, as well as bespoke training in qualitative research methods. She has delivered training for  (among others) UK Parliament, Department of Work and Pensions, charities, private research organisations, HMRC, the UK Home Office, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.