Visual Methods Research Group
Despite a long tradition of photography and film making in
the social sciences and humanities, it is only since the recent and widespread
adoption of digital photography and video that more attention has been paid to
the use and value of visual methods. Both still and moving images are now a
ubiquitous part of our daily lives, whether in the form of new reports,
advertising or social media. We are also seeing the continuing development and
spread of online digital resources containing archived images and film clips
that open up new possibilities for historical research.
The Visual Methods Research Group (based within the Centre for Methodological Innovations) examines existing practices that focus on the production and analysis of
imagery, and investigates the potential such practices have for the
development of innovative social research methods, in particular those that
contribute to the breaking down of current disciplinary barriers.
These may include topics such as the use of photography and
video as data gathering techniques; use of photo/video elicitation; photo and
video diaries; theoretical and technical issues of photographic and video practice;
community activism and community photography/video; the analysis of secondary visual
material; collecting, storing and archiving material; the use of imagery in
social media; the ethics and practicalities of visual research; the use of photos
and videos, and multi-media formats and the use of exhibitions for
communicating research findings.