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Phd seminar Sept 2021 Tara Mc Guinness webinar

Dr Tara McGuinness, recent PhD graduate & IRC Postgraduate fellow, delivered a webinar entitled 'White Migration and Privilege through a Qualitative Mixed Methods Approach' on Sept. 22, 2021 at 2.30pm. This webinar was based on findings of her doctoral research which was a qualitative study of white migrants in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Abstract: The academic gaze within the social sciences often looks at oppression and marginalisation. This seminar discusses the disruption of normative ways of researching inequalities by carrying out qualitative research with participants displaying indicators of privilege.

In this seminar, I describe the ways in which researching privilege using a mixed methods approach can be undertaken, including the issues that arise in designing and implementing a research study of this kind. This discussion includes how inquiry which takes place in cities can include the city as participant. I aim to draw on the city of Sao Paulo, a dynamic and vibrant ‘global city’ in which street art animates physical apparatuses of racialised geographical segregation. Amalgamating a combination of qualitative research methods including autoethnography, participant observation, photovoice and narrative interviews generates academic research which aims to be accessible and also influenced by creative arts-based approaches.

This seminar aims to describe the process of designing research using a mixed methods approach with a particular emphasis on photovoice and how this method lends itself to the inclusion of geographical spaces as contributors to knowledge.           

For more information on this research you can email Tara McGuinness at T(opens in a new window)ara.mc-guinness@ucdconnect.ie. Tara's PhD supervisors were (opens in a new window)Emeritus Associate Professor, Ursula Barry and (opens in a new window)Asst. Prof. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila

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