Qualitative Methods Journal Club


This is the third in a series of Qualitative Methods Journal Clubmeetings hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Substance Use Research Group, and organised by the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN). The Journal Club is funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA).

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 23 February (also 2-3:15pm).

We will be discussing the following paper:

Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, et al. "It's an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it's fucking awesome": Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia. Int J Drug Policy. 2020; 88: 103015. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103015

When reading, please consider:

  • What does “real” peer engagement in research mean, as opposed to tokenistic engagement? 
  • How were peers integrated into each part of this study – design, data collection, analysis, write up?
  • Is this an approach that can be applied to all qualitative research? Why or why not? 
  • What do you think are the challenges in applying this approach to your own research interests?