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In fostering networks, CQ is establishing partnerships with local, national and international groups and centres that have a similar mission. These partnerships will facilitate the exchange of teaching methodologies, academic visits and post doctoral fellows.


LAPQS is a collective formed by a group of researchers from different national and international institutions, led by researchers associated with the Department of Community Health of the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, and students from the undergraduate to postdoctoral stages, conducting qualitative health research projects.

Over nearly two decades of activities, originating as "the Group of Qualitative Studies in Health," LAPQS's mission is a permanent investment in qualitative epistemology in order to contribute to elements that increase focus, both in research and in its application, to evaluating programs and services in health. This mandate is expressed in various products and achievements aimed at training, research and the dissemination of results, the development of technologies and the transfer of information on health systems.

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POLIFES (Training Policies for Physical Education and Health)

POLIFES (Training Policies for Physical Education and Health) is a research group linked to the Faculty of Physical Education of The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and to its graduate program in Human Movement Sciences. It is dedicated to the investigation of issues relating to training policies in the field of physical education and its interfaces with the areas of education and public health. It welcomes projects that examine, preferably within a Foucauldian biopolitics perspective, the implications of the precepts of the active living/healthy living on physical culture, education, and governing bodies of health. Curriculum, teaching, bodily practices in health services, physical activity promotion programs, and cultural practices comprise the investigative ground upon which surveys are developed. Since its creation, the POLIFES has been able to develop connections and partnerships with a wide range of institutions that include public schools, governing bodies, and universities all over the country.

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RedICS (Red de Investigación Cualitativa en Salud) - Qualitative Health Research Network

RedICS (Red de Investigación Cualitativa en Salud) - Qualitative Health Research Network - was created in 2001. Sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Health and situated within the Nursing Research Promotion and Coordination Unit (Grupo Investen), RedICS aims at promoting the development of Qualitative Research in the fields of health, caregiving, and health care. Through its website, RedICS provides access to researchers working in the field of Qualitative Health Research (QHR) as well as numerous links to events and resources of interest to the community. Annually, RedICS organizes QHR training seminars and workshops, both at introductory and advanced levels. Finally, and again through its website, the coordinators of this Network offer individualized support and advice for researchers planning to conduct qualitative studies. Since its creation, RedICS has become a stable platform for exchanging ideas, experiences, challenges and projects regarding QHR.

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The International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research 

The International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) was established in 2009 to strengthen the role of PHR in intervention design and decision-making on health issues. The ICPHR is open to stakeholders from all countries interested in promoting the dissemination and further development of participatory health research approaches embedded in common values and principles. The work of the ICPHR is focused on bringing together systematically the knowledge and experience of PHR in different countries for the purpose of strengthening PHR regarding issues of quality, credibility, and impact on policy and practice.
The activities of the ICPHR include:
  • Developing guidelines for conducting and evaluating PHR
  • Describing the unique impact of PHR as compared to other research approaches
  • Describing which forms of theory and evidence are produced by this approach as compared to other forms of health research
  • Finding a means for conducting systematic reviews of the PHR literature in order to contribute to the body of international knowledge on improving community health
  • Creating a database of resources on the theory, practice, and outcomes of PHR

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Other Qualitative Research Groups

Centre for Arts-informed Research

The Centre for Arts-informed Research located within the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE, University of Toronto, was established in April 2000. The Centre's mission is to articulate, explore, and support alternative forms of qualitative research and representation which infuse elements, processes, and forms of the arts into scholarly work. Learn more here

Critical Health Research Network

The newly established CHRN at McMaster University includes researchers from ten areas of the university, ranging from geography, family medicine, English, and anthropology. CHRN aims to create a deeper and more critical understanding of health and the health care environment. To learn more, please follow the link here.

The Critical Qualitative Education Research Community

The Critical Qualitative Education Research Community (CQUERC) at OISE presented its inaugral lecture in October 2012, marking OISE's prominence as an innovative leader in qualitative research, and to launch a series of scholarly and pedagogical initiatives on qualitative research among OISE faculty and students. For more information, please contact Tara Goldstein or Roland Coloma

Methods Café - University of Toronto Weekly Speakers Series

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto cordially invites you to our research methods colloquium series, Methods Café. Unlike other speaker series, this colloquium will highlight not the content but the methods of some of the best scholarly research in the field. Methods Cafe introduces participants to a variety of innovative research methods in a casual, interactive environment. This series is dedicated to establishing an interdisciplinary approach to conducting research. Please contact Theofanis Verinakis or Esther de Bruijn at for further information.

Qualitative Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Researchers and students at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health meet once a month during the academic year to discuss issues related to qualitative research as they pertain to addiction and mental health research. The goal of the group is to provide a forum for researchers to discuss substantive, methodological, ethical and theoretical issues in a collegial environment. Over the past few years, group members and guests have presented their research findings, proposals, manuscripts, conducted pilot workshops and focus group discussions. Please contact Carol Strike if you would like to find out more about the group.

The Centre for Research in Critical Social Inquiry and Action

Located at Ryerson University's School of Social Work, the Center for Research in Critical Social Inquiry and Action (RCSIA) aims to provide leadership in rigorous interdisciplinary, critical reflective research and development of knowledge about the different realities and experiences of communities that are affected by exclusion and marginalization. To find more about its associated journal, COAS (Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry), which focuses on critical forms of research, inquiry, and action within settings of margianlized groups, please click here. Learn more about RCSIA here

Toronto Community Based Research Network

The Toronto Community-Based Research (CBR) Network brings together community practitioners, academics, funders and community members from across the GTA who are or have been involved in CBR projects. Its mission is to increase and sustain the capacity of local health and social service organizations and academic partners in the GTA to conduct effective CBR leading to evidence-based action and policy change. The Toronto CBR Network is a vehicle to facilitate networking, collaboration, learning and action. Learn more here.

Unit for Critical Research in Health

The Unit for Critical Research in Health (UCRH) at the University of Ottawa facilitates exchange and collaboration for critical health research. UCRH fosters a supportive environment for students, faculty, and others engaged not only in critical and cutting edge research but also in advocacy work. To find out more, please click here.

Community Based Research Canada

Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a national network of people, organizations and universities (Carleton, Quebec at Montreal and Victoria) engaged in Community-Based Research to meet the needs of people and communities. Community Based Research Canada is an outcome of Community University Exposition 2008 (CUexpo2008). The intent of CBRC is to build an inclusive and open network, engaging already existing networks, to build support for community-university partnerships in community-based research and community-engagement. Learn more here.

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology 

IIQM is an interdisciplinary institute, under the auspices of the Faculty of Nursing, at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The institute was founded in 1998, with the primary goal of facilitating the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic disciplines. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students at the institute conduct research that is directly related to methodological development. Learn more here.

McGill Qualitative Health Research Group

The McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG) was founded in January 2003 by a group of qualitative researchers from McGill University with the intention of providing an informal yet rigorous learning environment for Qualitative Health Researchers at McGill. Today, MQHRG has an active membership of more than 70 qualitative researchers and students from across Montreal universities and teaching hospitals. We also have growing ties with a number of qualitative researchers and organizations from across Canada, and internationally. We meet every 6 weeks to provide critical review of members’ research projects or student proposals, and to discuss issues of qualitative methodology and research ethics. Learn more here.

Autoethnography  (Listserv)

We'd like to invite anyone interested in autoethnography, narrative, or performative social science to join our autoethnography listserve. Actually, we welcome anyone interested in discussing interpretive and artistic qualitative methods. To join our ongoing autoethnography list, subscribe here.

Discourse Unit

Centre for Qualitative and Theoretical Research on the Reproduction and Transformation of Language, Subjectivity and Practice The Discourse Unit is a trans-institutional collaborative centre, currently located at Manchester Metropolitan University, which supports a variety of qualitative and theoretical research projects contributing to the development of radical theory and practice. The term 'discourse' is used primarily in critical hermeneutic and structuralist senses to include inquiries influenced by feminism and psychoanalysis. The centre functions: (i) as a teaching resource base for qualitative and feminist work; (ii) as a support unit for the (re)production of radical academic theory; (iii) as a networking centre for the development of critical perspectives in action research. Learn more here.

Performative Social Science (Listserv)

This group grew out of a Masterclass in Performative Social Science recently held at Bournemouth University and participants' desire to keep in contact and up to date on activities of interest to social scientists exploring arts and humanities-based methods for use in production and dissemination of their data. The group will appeal to a broad base, including healthcare researchers, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, etc, and welcomes participation from others whose main endeavours are in the arts and media production as well. To join this listserve, please follow the instructions here.