Project Phases and Methodology

Project Phases and Methodology

Fieldwork will be conducted over a two-and-a-half year period between May 2014 and October 2016 and will incorporate 3 incremental phases of research. Prior to this a preparatory phase will incorporate a period of pilot research.

Preparatory Phase (November 2013 - May 2014)

This phase lays the ground work for the project going forward through a combination of:

  • Media, Policy and Political Discourse Analysis: Analysis of media, policy and political discourse at local, regional and national levels.
  • Expert Interviews: 63 representatives of local authorities, migrant associations, employers, service providers etc across the four locations.

Phase 1 Fieldwork (June 2014 - December 2015)

During this phase intensive fieldwork has been conducted in each of the field sites incorporating the following methods:

  • Ethnographic Observation: Researchers conducted detailed observations of the contexts where migrants live, work and socialise. This has helped to build up a picture of migrants’ social security practices, relationships and strategies as part of their daily lives.
  • In-depth Interviews: 207 in-depth interviews were conducted with migrants seeking a balance within the study as a whole of gender, class, age, country of origin and sectors of employment.
  • Photo/Video Diaries: Following on from the in-depth interviews, a subset of migrants were asked to keep photo/video diaries.

Phase 2: Participatory Action Research (PAR) (January 2016 - Ongoing)

In the current phase, we are engaged in a process of participatory action research. Key themes which have emerged from analysis of our data have suggested a need for local initiatives to combat lonliness and isolation as well as to improve access to and support for language learning opportunities especially in smaller and more rural settings. 

  • Community consultations: A number of dissemination and consultation events have been held in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Arbroath and Peterhead. Discussions and suggestions arising are fed directly into our locally- based community initiatives.
  • Participatory initiatives: We are developing a number of community initiatives working together with local people and relevant stakeholders to address some key themes which emerged from our research (difficulties in accessing support for language learning, loneliness and isolation, lack of community spaces especially in smaller and more rural settings). You can find more information at:  Presentation PAR Initiatives

For more information see Our Community Initiatives.