Impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate research methodologies

We are holding a special event zoom Information Studies seminar on the 3rd December 2020 (15-16:30 followed by an informal online get-together) to celebrate our PGR community. The PGRs in Information Studies have chosen the theme of the impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate research methodologies. One of our Information Studies PhD students, Sarah Gambell will be coordinating the talks and another seven of our PGR candidates will be presenting their own work under this topic and will be sharing reflections on the effects of the previous few months on their research.

Theme of the event

Impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate research methodologies: exploring the realities of undertaking doctoral research in context of the pandemic through lightning talks from Information Studies PGRs describing frustrating disruptions and innovative mitigations.

Emcee: Sarah Gambell


• Cassie Kist: “Difficult heritage during Covid19”
• Franzi Mucha: “Lost in zoom – networking and conferencing during a pandemic”
• Joe Nockels: “Crossing wires: interdisciplinary research in the time of Covid-19”
• Erin Walter: “Losing the Plot: From Face-to-Face to the Digital Void in Practice-as-Research Methodologies”
• Lynn Verschuren: “Conducting Visitor Evaluation in a Pandemic: Challenges & Lessons Learned”
• Aimee Fletcher: “Digital data collection: potential for greater accessibility. Can the impact of COVID positively impact study accessibility for disabled participants?”
• Rachel Thain-Gray: “Feminist epistemological future-building as a source of energy during pandemic times”


Event: Thursday 3, December 15.00 - 16.30

Intro: 5 min Sarah Gambell 15.00 - 15.05

Theme: Looking ahead: exploring how new norms will affect the future
Talk 1: 5 min Rachel Thain-Gray 15.05 - 15.10
Talk 2: 5 min Cassie Kist 15.10 - 15.15
Talk 3: 5 min Franziska Mucha 15:15 - 15.20
Q&A 1: 20 mins 15.20 - 15.40

Theme: Dangerous data collection: creative solutions to forced methodology changes

Talk 4: 5 min Erin Walter 15.40 - 15.45
Talk 5: 5 min Joe Nockels 15.45 - 15.50
Talk 6: 5 min Lynn Verschuren 15.50 - 15.55
Talk 7: 5 min Aimee Fletcher 15.55 - 16.00
Q&A 2: 20 mins 16.00 - 16.20

Wrap up Sarah + Info Studies Staff 16.20 - 16.30

First published: 23 November 2020