• Primary research: one-to-one interviews (face-to-face or telephone), focus groups or panels of participants (face-to-face or telephone); qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis – everything from grant applications and submissions for human research ethics committees to recruiting participants, interviewing and surveying, analysing results, and writing publications from the results
  • Secondary research (literature searches, textual analysis)


  • PhD in research
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities
  • Taught research methods at university (undergraduate nursing)
  • Research fellow and research assistant in multiple disciplines (medical education, nursing education, higher education)
  • All stages of research (grant applications, project design, ethics approvals, data collection and analysis, write up and publication)
  • Primary research (interviews, focus groups, surveys)
  • Secondary research (textual analysis, targeted literature searches)


  • As well as the internet, libraries are a terrific place to start with research and to discover all kinds of treasures. The National Library of Australia, for instance, has information on collections held in libraries across Australia, as well as a digital library with online maps and other documents. The national libraries in other countries are also a good place to begin, depending on where you are based.