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Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub

Centrally funded by UNSW Sydney in early 2017, the Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub is the first initiative to offer a range of services in qualitative research. The aim of the Hub is to expand and strengthen scholarship in the rigorous application and use of qualitative research methods.

The Hub hosts monthly seminars and regular training workshops held at UNSW, and is open to staff, students, and researchers beyond UNSW. One core aspect of the Hub is the Qualitative Research Clinic, a consultation service offering expertise and guidance in the design and conduct of qualitative research.

With the principle of knowledge sharing, and representation from qualitative researchers across disciplines and research centres, the QRN Hub is open to all who are currently conducting or wish to learn how to conduct rigorous qualitative research, or explore new, innovative approaches to research.

While supported by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and The Black Dog Institute, the Hub is guided by an advisory panel of members across the Faculties of Medicine, Arts & Social Sciences, Built Environment, and Law, in addition to research centres, including The Kirby Institute, the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, the Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Social Policy Research Centre.

QRN Hub: Team

The QRN Hub has sponsorship from the UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Built Environment, and support from staff in the Black Dog Institute and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Core activities are guided by the three QRN Hub Directors, Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan, and Professor Katherine Boydell, with assistance from QRN Hub Research Fellow and Manager, Dr Ally Gibson.

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Dr Husna Razee

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

In her program of research, Husna Razee is interested in understanding the cultural construction of mental wellbeing and the role of gender in mental wellbeing. This includes a focus on examining the social determinants of health, specifically in relation to mental health promotion. Issues of gender equity and health, especially gender-based violence, is of particular interest to Husna.


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Dr Sally Nathan

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Sally Nathan’s career has been focused on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems.

Sally’s research has focused on the use of innovative methodologies and methods, including a range of qualitative methods to measure and understand complex social processes and social change.  Research has included a focus on consumer and community participation in health, as well as research approaches which engage and partner directly with vulnerable and marginalised communities and the organisations that represent and advocate for them. Sally has published on consumer/community participation in health service decision-making and governance, advocacy by the non-government sector, capacity building for health, adolescent drug and alcohol treatment (in partnership with the Ted Noff’s Foundation) and refugee settlement.


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Professor Katherine Boydell

Black Dog Institute

Katherine Boydell leads the Black Dog Institute Knowledge Translation Committee and is the dedicated expert for Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science at the Black Dog Institute. Katherine’s program of research uses arts-based qualitative methods to create and disseminate research and to translate knowledge beyond academia. She is an internationally recognised leader in qualitative inquiry and arts-based knowledge translation in the early psychosis field. Katherine has a long standing, successful history in the development of innovative methodological approaches to create knowledge and translate empirical research using arts-based methods.


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Dr Ally Gibson

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Ally Gibson has ten years’ experience conducting a range of qualitative research projects relating to health, illness, and the practice of medicine. She is particularly interested in: people's experience and responses to pressing health challenges or global health risks (e.g., antimicrobial resistance, cancer); sexual and reproductive health; issues of gender, sexuality and identity; concerns and experiences of inequity, marginalisation, and vulnerability in health.

Ally welcomes the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in conducting qualitative research in health. She has presented widely on different forms of data collection (e.g. interviews, focus groups, visual methods) and methods of analysis (with particular expertise in discourse analysis and discursive psychology).

She has published across the areas of sociology, infectious diseases, health psychology, women's health, and nursing. Her primary aim in research is to critically analyse understandings and experiences of health, illness, and health care, in order to tackle global health concerns affecting society today.


QRN Hub: Advisory Panel

The Qualitative Research Network Hub Advisory Panel has been established to provide advice and guidance with respect to the delivery of support and services provided by the QRN Hub. Advisory panel members provide their perspectives and advice on a range of QRN Hub-related activities, including consultation processes and workshop offerings. As representatives of the QRN Hub, panel members also promote rigorous qualitative research practice, and associated training and support offered by the QRN Hub, in their Faculty/Centre, as well as the broader University community.  

The Advisory Panel currently includes:



Faculties, Schools and/or Research Centres are invited to consider applying for a QRN Hub membership package to support the provision of services to their staff, students, and other researchers. Membership packages are tiered and serve to cover the costs of members’ attendance to workshops and consultations with the Qualitative Research Clinic. Packages run for one year or until funds are dispensed. Please contact Dr Ally Gibson for further details.

  • Bronze membership: 5% discount at $5,000
  • Silver membership: 10% discount at $10,000
  • Gold membership: 20% discount at $20,000

Current Membership:

The Faculty of Built Environment is currently a Bronze Member of the QRN Hub.


Applications may be put forward for representation of a School, Faculty, or Research Centre with the QRN Hub. Creating a formal link with the Hub can ensure that services offered by the Hub are better tailored to suit the needs of your School, Faculty, or Research Centre. Please contact Dr Ally Gibson for more details.

Qualitative Research Clinic

The QRN Hub has sponsorship from the UNSW Faculty of Medicine and support from staff in the Black Dog Institute and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Core activities are guided by the three QRN Hub Directors, Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan, and Professor Katherine Boydell, with assistance from QRN Hub Research Fellow and Manager Dr Ally Gibson.

Run by the QRN Hub, the Qualitative Research Clinic is a consultation service offering expertise and guidance from experienced qualitative researchers in planning and conducting qualitative research. This service is designed to give general advice only. Advice could include suggestions on:

  • research methodology,
  • data collection methods,
  • rigour of research,
  • analysis techniques,
  • software,
  • other resources that may help

The Qualitative Research Clinic is available to:

  • UNSW* research (MPhil, MSc or PhD) students
  • staff at UNSW (including research staff)

*This service is currently limited to staff and students at UNSW, with the aim to expand in the future.


$150 per hour consultation

Student Discount

First consultation: 60 minutes free, plus one 30 minute follow up discussion, also free of charge. If more consultation is required, you will need to pay a fee of $150 per hour.


School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Samuels Building, UNSW Kensington Campus 


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If you are not affiliated with UNSW, but would like to enquire about future consultation services or training, please contact Dr Ally Gibson.


Workshops and Training

Training workshops in qualitative research methods are a core part of services offered by the QRN Hub. Workshops cover issues relating to qualitative data collection, different forms of data analysis, issues relating to rigour and research design, and using NVivo for data management. These are run at different times in the year – please see this page for workshops on offer.

All workshops (unless otherwise stated) are available to:

  • UNSW staff and students
  • Researchers at other organisations

Workshops and other activities hosted by the QRN Hub are offered to researchers from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience in qualitative research. Please see details of workshops to determine the suitability for you.


NVivo Data Management Software Training

16th August and 18th October

This two-day training includes covering some of the basics of qualitative data analysis, together with the skills of using NVivo, to manage and code qualitative data. The training will take you through the various features of NVivo12 and will be conducted over 2 connected sessions with you getting valuable hands-on experience in coding your data using NVivo12. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr Husna Razee and Dr Ally Gibson. Attendance at both workshops is essential for certification. Training is offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. *Please note: this workshop includes content on basic qualitative analysis, and is therefore more suited to beginners in qualitative research; however, all are welcome.

See NVivo Training Workshops for details


The Essentials of Thematic Analysis

4th September 2018

This one-day workshop is a rare opportunity, being led by international thematic analysis (TA) expert, Professor Virginia Braun and hosted by the QRN Hub and the Centre for Social Research in Health. This is made possible through funding from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences under the Distinguished Visitors Scheme. Similar to training provided in 2017 by the QRN Hub, this workshop will offer participants a thorough understanding of the foundations of thematic analysis – one of the most applicable, accessible, and (in some cases) theoretically flexible forms of qualitative analysis, as well as some practical guidance in doing TA. It will be essential for any researchers who have little-to-no prior experience in conducting qualitative research.

Please note there are two registration links: one for staff and students of the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and another link for any other participants.
All other participants (UNSW and non-UNSW):

UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Staff and Students (ONLY):


Workshop fees and inclusions

Workshop costs include all training expertise; printed materials; USB drive with digital materials; certificate of attendance; and full catering.

Fees for each workshop to be announced.

This free qualitative discussion group series is held on the FIRST Friday of every month in Samuels Building, Level 3, Room 305, UNSW (unless otherwise stated) from 9:30 – 11:00 am.

It is open to everyone – including students, staff, and researchers beyond UNSW.

Each month, the discussion is led by a facilitator, who will focus on a particular topic or issue relating to qualitative research. It is not a classic seminar series, although sometimes a guest speaker may introduce a topic with a brief presentation. Participants are invited to come and share their experiences and issues around the theme for each session. Often a reading will be sent prior to the meeting. The purpose of this seminar series is to share knowledge and build a community of practice in rigorous qualitative research.

If you would like to join the mailing list for the seminar series, or nominate to present a seminar, please click here.

**Please note: These seminars are never recorded, so as to foster discussion and sharing of ideas in a safe space.


Thursday, 2 August 2018 9.30am-11.00am
Adopting different views: Observation methods in ethnographic research
Discussion facilitator: Dr Christine Steinmetz and Dr Husna Razee

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Qualitative Research Network Hub Showcase (24 July 2018)

After approximately one year of operation, the Qualitative Research Network Hub is hosting a showcase on the 24th July at UNSW Sydney to celebrate the achievements and progress made to date. This event will feature a guest lecture by distinguished scholar, Professor Deborah Lupton (University of Canberra), who will talk about the role of qualitative research in bridging disciplinary boundaries.

Register for the event here:


Inauguration of the Qualitative Research Network Hub

The inauguration of the Qualitative Research Network Hub was held on 22 June on the UNSW Sydney Campus.

The launch was led by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head of School, Public Health and Community Medicine. Other speakers included the Directors of the Qualitative Research Network Hub: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan, Professor Katherine Boydell and Dr Ally Gibson.

People came to hear about qualitative research services that will be available university-wide to staff and students.


QRN Hub goes international

In July 2017, Dr Ally Gibson represented the QRN Hub internationally, conducting a pre-conference workshop on methodological innovation at the International Society of Critical Health Psychology at the University of Loughborough. This workshop focused on the use of digital and visual methods in qualitative health research.

See web link >>

In May 2018, Dr Ally Gibson will be presenting a number of seminars at the University of Auckland, hosted by Professor Virginia Braun. One of these seminars will focus on the use of multimodal critical discourse analysis as a qualitative approach to examining the construction of website information.


QRN Hub to Host for Distinguished Visitor Scheme

In September 2018, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Research in Health, the QRN Hub will host Professor Virginia Braun – leading international expert in thematic analysis – at UNSW. This visit is supported through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Distinguished Visitor Scheme. There is an exciting line-up of workshops and talks, offering many opportunities for staff and students to benefit from this visit. More details will be advertised closer to the time.


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Photos from L to R: QRN Hub Directors Dr Husna Razeee, Dr Ally Gibson, Dr Sally Nathan, Prof Katherine Boydell. Middle photo: Dr Ally Gibson. Far Right photo: Dr Sally Nathan

Dr Husna Razee
QRN Hub Co-Director
Senior Lecturer
SPHCM, Faculty of Medicine
T: +61 (2) 9385 8317
Dr Sally Nathan
QRN Hub Co-Director
Senior Lecturer
SPHCM, Faculty of Medicine
T: +61 (2) 9385 1061
Professor Katherine Boydell
QRN Hub Co-Director
Black Dog Institute, UNSW
T: +61 (2) 9382 8501
Dr Ally Gibson
Research Fellow
SPHCM, Faculty of Medicine
T: +61 (2) 9385 9836


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