All our research incorporates the principles of empowerment through radical inclusion, co-production of knowledge, and diversity. We believe these principles can help create knowledge for social change.
Carrying out research
At QHumanity we carry out research of our own and in collaboration with others. All our research follows our values and aims of radical inclusion, co-production of Knowledge, stronger communities and community involvement. We believe that this produces research that contribute to more diverse and open societies for ALL people. We are particularly interested in working on research that engages with and uses innovative methods that focuses on facilitating and co-producing knowledge that can be part of improving the lived experiences of vulnerable peoples and minorities. So far this has meant a focus on LGBTQIA+, and in particular trans* people as well as all women, however, we are also currently in the process of establishing a new project that focuses on foreign domestic workers and migration. An important part of our research are research methods. We believe innovative, creative and inclusive research methods focused on knowledge exchange, co-production and involvement of the populations we study are crucial to produce new, strong and powerful research findings that can have a positive impact on societies. If you have ideas on new research we should carry out or want to work with us – read more under our services – or just contact us!
Story collecting – interactive, inclusive and engaging information collection ☺
QHumanity offers training on a range of skills and capacity building training related to research for people at different skills levels. These include skills at different stages of your research project using qualitative, quantitative and mixed Methods. We can help teach research skills needed at every step of your research, including the following:
- Designing your research project, topics related to data collection and help you answer questions such as – should I do interviews, a survey or study policy documents;
- Qualitative and qualitative data collection methods;
- Sessions on data analysis, learn how to analyse and make sense of your research data;
- How to present and tell powerful stories with your findings;
- How to make sense of and interpret research produced by others.
Training we have delivered so far:
Trude Sundberg demystifies numbers in her lecture ‘Behind the Numbers’ at the British embassy this September. The session focusses on how to critically assess how others use statistics and numbers as well as how to tell convincing and powerful stories yourself. By using relevant data commonly used by the different parts of the British Embassy, the session, provided to all Embassy staff at the British Embassy Beijing, emphasised how we can use and assess information in a critical way so as to tell accurate, credible and meaningful stories that can have a positive impact on the wide range of audiences the embassy works with. These are crucial everyday skills as we see and use statistics at work, at home, in media and not least through our smart phones and social media.
Philosophy in motion & Yincheng Academy
We delivered a training session in interview methods as part of Philosophy in Motions Philanthropy course at the prestigious Yincheng Academy at Peking University. Students learnt how to carry out interviews, and the main problems they may face when doing so through and interactive and practical session. The workshop was part of preparing their interviews of members and volunteers at a number of NGOs as part of their course.
Students reported that it was an extremely useful session giving them tools enabling them to successfully carry out their project.
PACE methods lecture
On the 12TH of April 2016 Dr. Trude Sundberg gave a guest lecture for PACE University on the range of research methods used in welfare attitude research. The lecture was one part of a social research methods course for undergraduates at the University.
The lecture contributed towards a course in social research methods. During the lecture we went through examples of research methods used in welfare attitudes, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods – how they may be used and in what situations. Students found the lecture’s empirical examples engaging as the methods ‘came alive’ through real life examples relevant to their own lives. The discussion afterwards was lively and focused on how to produce better research on negative stereotypes of welfare claimants – evidence that practical examples really do engage students in research methods.
Gender inequality & taster lecture for High School students
In June we gave a taster lecture and seminar for students preparing for studying abroad and studying for their IELTS tests in Beijing. Engaging high school students in research is something we feel passionate about and this was a great experience in using tools and exercises where students actively reflect on gender issues. A topic close to our hearts.
The lecture and seminar aimed at giving students a real life experience of how it is to study at a British University. At the same time the topic, gender & sexuality, was one that is of central importance to QHumanity and its aims. Students were very engaged with the topic, and the lecture was successful in its secondary aim of raising awareness of the fact that there are more than two genders and sexes.
We have a range of research skills and expertise combined with a deep passion for being part of facilitating empowering research for social change. If you are interested in or need advice or consultancy at any stage of your research, feel free to contact us. We can provide consultancy at different parts of your project or be part of the whole project. We would love to be able to facilitate innovative and inclusive research methods in your study or project and also to support new and important research that can help us all understand more about situations of vulnerable groups.
Contact us should you want to discuss any type of training or research need – be it an informal chat about an idea for research or very specific research needs.