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GBV Research Forum and QRaG Seminar

Seminar title: The challenges (and successes) of using an arts-based qualitative research approach with women who have lived experienced of gender-based violence

Nic Dickson, PhD Student, School of Education

Tuesday 26th March 1-2pm

Room 916, Adam Smith Building


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This seminar draws upon my PhD research, which considers how the provision of arts-based, adult learning sessions might impact on the perceived recovery journeys of young women following the trauma of abuse. In 2018, I undertook fieldwork in the city-centre offices of a charity which supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse. My research participants had all experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence and recent homelessness. In the seminar, I would like speak about the challenges involved in undertaking qualitative research with women who have lived experience of gender-based violence and the innovative approaches I adopted to tackle resistance and re-engage the participants. I would also like to share my observations on this research and highlight the highs and lows of undertaking fieldwork with vulnerable women who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

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I am a part-time PhD student and a mum to three young children. Before returning to academia in 2016, I worked as a social researcher for the private and public sector. For over 15 years I designed and delivered qualitative research projects with so-called ‘vulnerable’ groups, including people with mental and physical health issues, drug and alcohol users, homeless people and BME communities. In my twenties, I volunteered as a visual artist and facilitator at various community arts organisations. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting, photography and making 3D sculptures in wire and clay. My PhD research entwines my interests in using the visual arts and employing qualitative research approaches to explore the experiences of vulnerable women.


QRaG: Qualitative Research at Glasgow is a new intiative to promote advanced quantitative research at the University of Glasgow, via seminars that are open to all.

The University of Glasgow Gender Based Violence Research Forum is network for staff and postgraduate research students across the University to share information, develop research ideas and receive support in relation to gender based violence research. https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/groups/genderbasedviolenceresearchforum/

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