Professor Kahryn Hughes

Professor Kahryn Hughes


I am an internationally recognised scholar in the field of qualitative secondary analysis, international Qualitative Secondary Analysis (iQSA), and lead editor of 'Qualitative Secondary Analysis' (SAGE), for which I have also developed innovative methods training.

As a Senior Fellow of the next phase of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), I am responsible for commissioning Qualitative Longitudinal and Qualitative Secondary Analysis research methods training for all UK social scientists for this five year period of its investment by the ESRC. This expertise builds out of my role as the Director of the Timescapes Archive, a world-leading specialist digital data repository for qualitative longitudinal research.

I lead the MA Qualitative Research Methods for the School of Sociology and Social Policy and am the Programme Leader for MA Social and Public Policy.


  • Director: Timescapes Archive
  • NCRM Senior Fellow
  • Co-Lead Horizons Network: Time

Research interests

My research has been funded under several of the ESRC's flagship methods programmes including the 'Research Methods Programme', and 'Timescapes', the most significant ESRC investment in qualitative longitudinal research to date in the UK. The substantive focus of my research is in two main areas: the longitudinal dynamics of low income life; and addictions including to heroin, internet gambling and e-cigarettes.

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  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • Society for the Study of Addiction

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Research on Families, The Life Course and Generations
  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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