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BSA Consumption Study Group Research Methods Workshop

17 June 2021 (10.00-12.30 BST)

About the Event

How can different methodologies help us to understand the complex material, cultural and economic processes that shape our consumption practices? What methodological challenges do researchers face when exploring the mundane, spectacular or visual aspects of contemporary consumer behaviour? In what ways can emerging or established data collection methods be appropriated to collect empirical data in more creative, innovative and inclusive ways?

This half day workshop will offer a chance to discuss experiences and insights of using different methodologies to study consumption. Invited speakers from different career stages and methodological backgrounds will reflect on the strengths and weakness of their approach to empirical research. Attendees will be invited to think about how such approaches might fit into their own research plans and methodological experiences. We would also like to reflect collectively on how Covid-19 has impacted on our empirical research so far and what new, alternative methodologies can offer in a post-pandemic world.

Workshop Programme


Panel 1:

Speaker 1: Dr. Anastasia Loukianov (University of Surrey)

Use of visual methods in the study of young people and consumption


Speaker 2: Dr Alida Payson (Cardiff University)

Using drawing/comics to study material culture and everyday practices in charity shops



Comfort break/change over


Panel 2:

Speaker 3: Dr Helen Holmes (University of Manchester)

Using object interviews for studying household consumption


Speaker 4: Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read

(Loughborough  University)

Using ethnography to study alcohol consumption and intoxication



Comfort break/change over


Round Table Discussion and Closing Comments

Administrative enquiries to BSA Events Team.

Academic enquiries to the Study Group.