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Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub

Centrally funded by UNSW Sydney in early 2017, the Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub is the first initiative to offer a range of services in qualitative research. The aim of the Hub is to expand and strengthen scholarship in the rigorous application and use of qualitative research methods.

The Hub hosts regular seminars, training workshops, and other events held at UNSW, and is open to staff, students, and researchers beyond UNSW.

With the principle of knowledge sharing, and representation from qualitative researchers across disciplines and research centres, the QRN Hub is open to all who are currently conducting or wish to learn how to conduct rigorous qualitative research, or explore new, innovative approaches to research.

While supported by the School of Population Health and The Black Dog Institute, the Hub is guided by an advisory panel of members across the Faculties of Medicine, Arts & Social Sciences, Built Environment, and Law, in addition to research centres, including The Kirby Institute, the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, the Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Social Policy Research Centre.

QRN Hub: Team

The QRN Hub has sponsorship from the UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Built Environment, and support from staff in the Black Dog Institute and the School of Population Health. Core activities are guided by the three QRN Hub Directors, Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan and Professor Katherine Boydell.

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Dr Husna Razee

School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

In her program of research, Husna Razee is interested in understanding the cultural construction of mental wellbeing and the role of gender in mental wellbeing. This includes a focus on examining the social determinants of health, specifically in relation to mental health promotion. Issues of gender equity and health, especially gender-based violence, is of particular interest to Husna.


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Dr Sally Nathan

School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Sally Nathan’s career has been focused on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems.

Sally’s research has focused on the use of innovative methodologies and methods, including a range of qualitative methods to measure and understand complex social processes and social change.  Research has included a focus on consumer and community participation in health, as well as research approaches which engage and partner directly with vulnerable and marginalised communities and the organisations that represent and advocate for them. Sally has published on consumer/community participation in health service decision-making and governance, advocacy by the non-government sector, capacity building for health, adolescent drug and alcohol treatment (in partnership with the Ted Noff’s Foundation) and refugee settlement.


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Professor Katherine Boydell

Black Dog Institute

Katherine Boydell leads the Black Dog Institute Knowledge Translation Committee and is the dedicated expert for Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science at the Black Dog Institute. Katherine’s program of research uses arts-based qualitative methods to create and disseminate research and to translate knowledge beyond academia. She is an internationally recognised leader in qualitative inquiry and arts-based knowledge translation in the early psychosis field. Katherine has a long standing, successful history in the development of innovative methodological approaches to create knowledge and translate empirical research using arts-based methods.


QRN Hub: Advisory Panel

The Qualitative Research Network Hub Advisory Panel has been established to provide advice and guidance with respect to the delivery of support and services provided by the QRN Hub. Advisory panel members provide their perspectives and advice on a range of QRN Hub-related activities, including consultation processes and workshop offerings. As representatives of the QRN Hub, panel members also promote rigorous qualitative research practice, and associated training and support offered by the QRN Hub, in their Faculty/Centre, as well as the broader University community.  

The Advisory Panel currently includes:



Faculties, Schools and/or Research Centres are invited to consider applying for a QRN Hub membership package to support the provision of services to their staff, students, and other researchers. Membership packages are tiered and serve to cover the costs of members’ attendance to workshops and consultations with the Qualitative Research Clinic. Packages run for one year or until funds are dispensed. Please contact Dr Sally Nathin for further details.

  • Bronze membership: 5% discount at $5,000
  • Silver membership: 10% discount at $10,000
  • Gold membership: 20% discount at $20,000

Current Membership:

The Faculty of Built Environment is currently a Bronze Member of the QRN Hub.

Qualitative Research Clinic

The QRN Hub has sponsorship from the Faculty of Built Environment to support students and staff members through the provision of a consultation service offering expertise and guidance from experienced qualitative researchers in planning and conducting qualitative research. This service is designed to give general advice only. Advice could include suggestions on:

  • research methodology,
  • data collection methods,
  • rigour of research,
  • analysis techniques,
  • software,
  • other resources that may help.

Owing to changes in funding, from December 2018 onwards, the Qualitative Research Clinic is only available to higher research degree candidates (MPhil, MSc or PhD) or staff members of the Faculty of Built Environment.

Please email to register for a free session.

Qualitative Research Network Hub Showcase (24 July 2018)

After approximately one year of operation, the Qualitative Research Network Hub hosted a showcase on the 24th July at UNSW Sydney to celebrate the achievements and progress made to date. This event featured a guest lecture by distinguished scholar, Professor Deborah Lupton (University of Canberra), who talked about the role of qualitative research in bridging disciplinary boundaries. Please listen to the audio recording if you missed it.


Inauguration of the Qualitative Research Network Hub

The inauguration of the Qualitative Research Network Hub was held on 22 June 2017 on the UNSW Sydney Kensington Campus.

The launch was led by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head of School, Public Health and Community Medicine. Other speakers included the Directors of the Qualitative Research Network Hub: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan, Professor Katherine Boydell and Dr Ally Gibson. People came to hear about qualitative research services that will be available university-wide to staff and students.


QRN Hub goes international

In July 2017, Dr Ally Gibson represented the QRN Hub internationally, conducting a pre-conference workshop on methodological innovation at the International Society of Critical Health Psychology at the University of Loughborough. This workshop focused on the use of digital and visual methods in qualitative health research.


QRN Hub to Host for Distinguished Visitor Scheme

In September 2018, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Research in Health, the QRN Hub hosted Professor Virginia Braun – leading international expert in thematic analysis – at UNSW. This visit was supported through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Distinguished Visitor Scheme. This involved an exciting line-up of workshops and talks, offering many opportunities for staff and students who were able to benefit from this visit. Please see the video of Prof Braun’s guest lecture if you missed it.


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Photos from L to R: QRN Hub Directors Dr Husna Razeee, Dr Ally Gibson, Dr Sally Nathan, Prof Katherine Boydell. Middle photo: Dr Ally Gibson. Far Right photo: Dr Sally Nathan

Dr Husna Razee
QRN Hub Co-Director
Senior Lecturer
SPHCM, Faculty of Medicine
T: +61 (2) 9385 8317
Dr Sally Nathan
QRN Hub Co-Director
Senior Lecturer
SPHCM, Faculty of Medicine
T: +61 (2) 9385 1061
Professor Katherine Boydell
QRN Hub Co-Director
Black Dog Institute, UNSW
T: +61 (2) 9382 8501