The theme for this year’ conference was Qualitative Inquiry towards Sustainability. Inspired by conference participants’ voices and reflecting the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, we wanted this conference to be an opportunity to demonstrate how QI can address global challenges of the human experience - poverty, climate, injustice, degradation, environment, education, peace and justice. The UN hopes to achieve its SDGs by 2030. We hope QI will be an impact on this aspiration.
QI conferences are unique as they include research that engages with all aspects of the human experience. We have purposely chosen a theme that looks into the future and how QI can impact present and future lives. It builds on last year’s theme - Activism. This conference will provide spaces that allow participants to address agency, autonomy, representation, active living and quality of life within sustainability for all. We envisage that conference and workshop participants will have the space to reflect how research can directly impact the present and future human experience.
The conference was a unique cross-disciplinary event for sharing knowledge and seeking new collaboration and partnerships. It provided opportunities for addressing the common challenges that qualitative researchers face in their own geographical regions or research disciplines. Most importantly the congress was a lively event, providing ample opportunities for interacting with friends and colleagues and learning about the latest developments and innovations in qualitative inquiry. Following the example of ICQI, we offered spaces where participants and presenters felt comfortable experimenting with new ideas and critical thoughts and will push the boundaries of best practice in qualitative research.
QI conferences are committed to strengthen the European QI agenda. We invite contributions that address important issues, themes, reflexivity and processes that impact QI each year. This year's conference also included methodology workshops (Tuesday February 4, 2020) for students and scholars alike. We hope to welcome many of you to join us in evolving debates on what constitutes best processes in QI, in order to influence the direction, focus and atmosphere of future research to better the human experience at our next conference in Tromse (2021).
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