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Research summer schools

Faculty of Social Sciences

Working with qualitative data: Writing for publication

How do you analyze and write up findings from qualitative data? How do you structure and revise a journal article manuscript? How do you publish to build a career? This new one-week Summer School is designed to teach Ph.D. students and post-docs in the social sciences some of the steps involved in successfully analyzing, writing up and publishing their research. 


8-12 June (Monday – Friday), from 9 to 17 daily (Arrival date: June 7)


The building blocks of the Lund Summer School include talks, discussions, workshops, individual meetings and small group sessions for peer feedback and writing. It is taught by seven experienced social scientists from three countries who will pass on some of the lesser-known tricks and strategies of successful academic analysis, writing and career building which they have learned throughout years of working in academia.

Who can apply?

The course is suited for all early career social scientists (such as sociology, social anthropology, social work, political sciences, education, communication, etc.) who conduct qualitative research and work with qualitative data.

Participants are asked to bring an English language manuscript in progress (e.g. a book chapter, journal article, dissertation chapter, etc.) that they are working on.

Application instructions

Send your name, affiliation, current status, contact information, and a 2 page description of (1) your completed research and collected data sets, and (2) your writing project (chapter, article, grant application, etc.) and plans to: Malin Åkerström at: malin [dot] akerstrom [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se,.

  • Application deadline: 15 February, 2020.
  • Participant Selection and Notification: 15 March, 2020.
  • Submission of manuscript-in-progress: 15 May, 2020

Around 20 participants will be selected. Priority will be given to Ph.D. students.


2500 SEK (≈ €230 or USD 260) including tuition, daily “fika” (coffee break) and one dinner. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.


  • Paul Atkinson (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Margarethe Kusenbach (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Susie Scott (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Erika Andersson Cederholm (Lund University, Service Management)
  • Katarina Jacobsson (Lund University, Social Work)
  • David Wästerfors (Lund University, Sociology)
  • Malin Åkerström (Lund University, Sociology).


Accommodation is not included. Approximate cost for 6 nights: 5000-8000 SEK (≈€470-750 or ≈USD 520-850).
Dorms at a hostel or Airbnb may be a cheaper alternative. Recommended hotels or hostels will be announced.


Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. Venue: School of Social Work, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8, Lund.


For questions, contact local organizer: Anneli Nielsen (anneli [dot] nielsen [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se)

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