Dear Diary... Exploring Social Sciences Diary Method Research: Gender and Sexuality Focus

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event

10 May 2019
R0.03 Ramphal Building, University of Warwick, UK

About the Event

This one-day event focuses on the use of diary research in sociologically-oriented social sciences research. Diary method is a versatile research approach which captures the everyday lives of participants. However diary method is under-used and also under-represented in social sciences methods training. This event aims to raise the profile of diary research in sociology and the social sciences more broadly, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality research – there is no expectation that participants would be familiar with or using diary research, and the event is particularly envisaged as appealing to doctoral students who have not yet established their methodology. This event will include an overview of diary method, and will also showcase a variety of types of diary research which have been used in different empirical settings. The event invites discussion of the potential – and the challenges – of diary method for social sciences research. All of the speakers have used diaries to research sociological concerns, including sexuality, gender and care.


  • Introducing Solicited Diaries as MethodProfessor Christine Milligan, Lancaster University
  • “I’m not saying that keeping the sex diary ruined my life but…” Private diaries: collecting fragments of sexual lifeDr Laura Harvey, University of Brighton
  • “I’m not really sure why I took that!” Exploring the everyday and the unexpected through photo-elicitationDr Michael Keenan, Nottingham Trent University
  • Capturing the minutiae of care: using diary method to research the conference experiences of academics with caring responsibilitiesDr Emily F. Henderson, University of Warwick
  • Interactive session of providing and analyzing diary dataChaired by Xuemeng Cao, Krystal Douglas, Sarah Staniforth, University of Warwick

Download the full Programme.


Registration is now OPEN and includes lunch, refreshments and drinks reception.

  • BSA members: £5
  • Non-members: £15 


With additions to the budget, we feel it only fair to give those facing hardship the opportunity to attend. We will provide some financial support for caring and travel bursaries. For further information and to submit your Bursary Application Form please email Xuemeng Cao.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Xuemeng Cao.