Interdisciplinary Centre for Qualitative Research
Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Qualitative Research
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Qualitative Research (ICQR) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the first dedicated interdisciplinary qualitative research centre in Asia. Established in 2021, the ICQR aims to generate and transfer knowledge through qualitative research into the clinical and business setting. We also believe qualitative research methods are proving increasingly beneficial in exploring and answering those questions that cannot be easily answered by quantitative approaches alone. Indeed, the role of qualitative research allows for a more thorough exploration in examining individual experiences in all their complexity and in the contexts where these experiences take place which can be particularly conductive to policy design and improvement.
Our team of experienced researchers have expertise in a variety of qualitative research methods including phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative inquiry, mixed methods, ethnography and discourse analysis along with expertise in qualitative data analysis. We are also skilled in supervising higher degree students in qualitative research.
Our objectives are to:
- Build local, national and international capacity in theoretically-informed qualitative research, scholarship and training;
- Promote the development, adaptation, and evaluation of qualitative methods and their application to business and health care theory and practice;
- Facilitate change in interdisciplinary research such that qualitative research can complement and make meaningful contributions to knowledge production and translation.
ICQR’s Mission is to:
“Provide and promote excellence in qualitative inquiry for those who seek to advance a better quality of life for all”
To achieve the goals of the ICQR in developing a culture of qualitative research encompass:
- Goal 1: Related to the Interdisciplinary Team:
- To develop and advance qualitative research expertise;
- Provide high level mentorship and supervision for individuals undertaking tertiary studies using qualitative approaches.
- Goal 2: Related to Implementation Science and Knowledge Transfer:
- Develop an active translational qualitative research culture;
- Develop service processes by establishing a test bed for new ideas and approaches to health and patient care delivery based on both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
ICQR’s Vision is to:
“Foster a collaborative, integrative and translational forum to enhance qualitative research through education and training”
We value honesty and integrity, interdisciplinary collaboration, intellectual inquiry, knowledge generation and translation and capacity building.
Education & Training
- Qualitative Systematic Review & Meta-Synthesis Training - Centre for Advancing Patient Health Outcomes: A JBI Affiliated Centre
- Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research
- QUalitAtive ResEarch Training Database (QUARET)
Wanting a career as a qualitative researcher in your area of expertise, but not sure what type of project you can do? The Interdisciplinary Centre for Qualitative Research and Training QUARET database provides you with a list of available qualitative research projects from Honours to PhD along with potential supervisors. If any of the projects don’t take your interest and you want to pursue different qualitative project ideas, please contact the Interdisciplinary Centre for Qualitative Research and Training.
Research & Publications
- Ma, P.H.X., Ma, Y., Ge, S., Wang, S., Zhao, I.Y., Christensen, M., (2022). Intrapersonal and interpersonal level factors influencing self-care practices among Hong Kong individuals with COVID-19—A qualitative study. Frontiers in Public Health. 10; DOI=10.3389/fpubh.2022.964944
- Siu J.Y.M., Cao Y., Shum D.H.K. (2022). Perceptions of and hesitancy toward COVID-19 vaccination in older Chinese adults in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. BMC Geriatrics, 22: 288. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-022-03000-y