Drawing in Research

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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday 19 Jun 2017

Place: Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University, Cardiff.


  • Dr Rachel Hurdley, Cardiff School of Social Sciences
  • Tara Hipwood, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography
  • Lucy Baker, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Course Content and Aims

This workshop will encourage you to consider whether and how you might use drawing or graphic techniques as part of a social science research methodology. We of course know and take for granted that information can be produced and presented in both written and numeric forms, but these are not the only ways in which you might think, and present your ideas. The position of drawing as a mode of surveying, analysis, thinking or reflection and communication has a long and distinguished history, but is often neglected in our disciplines, as typically social scientists lack the skills to properly engage with the techniques and the opportunities that they allow. Does this lack of an ability to draw or represent ideas visually condition the way you think about things? We think that it does. Could working graphically encourage us to reconsider how we think about our interests and concerns through writing, photography, or use of audio and film evidence? We think that it could. This workshop will provoke you to redress this situation in relation to your own research interests, and encourage you to explore graphic ways of working.

The workshop will introduce you to different types of drawing technique and reflect on where and how they have in the past been, and might in the future be used in research. You will be encouraged to practice some techniques and reflect on the experience, as well consider how and why you might develop and apply some graphic elements to your own research in the future.

Biddulph M. (2014), ‘Drawing and Thinking: Representing Place in the Practice of Place-making’. Journal of Urban Design 19: 3: 278-297 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13574809.2014.890045

Hurdley, R. (2014), ‘Synthetic Sociology and the ‘long workshop’: how Mass Observation ruined meta-methodology’. Sociological Research Online 19: 3: 6.  http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/3/6.html


  • Students registered at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff or Swansea universities – free of charge
  • ESRC and non-funded postgraduate social science research students registered at a UK HEI – free of charge (subsidised by an ESRC advanced training bursary)
  • Non social-science postgraduate research students: £30.00
  • Staff at HEI’s, ESRC funded researchers, UK registered charities, £60.00
  • Others: £150

Lunch and refreshments are provided.  Please note that cancellations received any later than 14 days before the event will be subject to a charge.

The Wales DTP is able to fund a limited number of bursaries (up to £150 each) to support the attendance of postgraduate social science research students (from outside Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff or Swansea universities).  Students must be currently registered at a UK HEI.  The bursary is designed to help meet travel costs (standard/economy travel) and hotel accommodation.  Bursaries will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Non-Wales DTP students should contact enquiries@walesdtp.ac.uk regarding the availability of a bursary and for information on how to claim back travel expenses.

When applying for this workshop, please submit a 100-150 word summary in the ‘comments’ section when you book, about why you are interested in doing the workshop and your research interests.

If you require further information or if you have any trouble booking a space, please contact the Wales DTP (enquiries@walesdtp.ac.uk).

Deadline for bookings

08 June 2017


This event is fully booked.