Qualitative Research


The IAPS Qualitative Research Network aims to facilitate communication and knowledge transfer between qualitative researchers in the field of people-environment studies, and to raise the visibility of qualitative research in this field.

Our goals

Qualitative methods offer many benefits to people-environment studies: they enable the exploration of novel and/or under-researched phenomena, which can open new research lines; they allow critical research approaches that challenge existing assumptions and amplify perspectives of seldom-heard populations; and they are often employed by scholars from minoritised and/or non-Western backgrounds, supporting the diversity of actors involved in knowledge production. With this network, we seek to provide a community for researchers who engage with qualitative methods and its associated perspectives and epistemologies. We plan to host:

  • Knowledge-sharing sessions on qualitative methods within network researchers
  • IAPS Symposiums and/or series of webinars on qualitative methods in people-environment studies
  • Fostering international collaboration
  • Development of online resources for researchers (e.g., methods support, example papers, etc.)

How to get involved

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Our network was formed through dialogue about the value of qualitative research methods in people-environment studies, and especially environmental psychology. You may be interested in the following texts that set out arguments about why such research is important: