Dr Kahryn Hughes

Dr Kahryn Hughes


I am an internationally recognised scholar in the field of qualitative secondary analysis, lead editor of the forthcoming publication 'Qualitative Secondary Analysis' (SAGE), and in which I have developed innovative methods training. I am the Director of the Timescapes Archive, a world-leading specialist digital data repository for qualitative longitudinal research (https://timescapes-archive.leeds.ac.uk/). Currently, I am serving on the editorial board of Time and Society; and on the international editorial board of Families, Relationships and Societies. I am currently completing a three year secondment as the Chair for the cross-faculty AREA Research Ethics Committee. I lead the MA Qualitative Research Methods, and deliver research methods training nationally.


  • Director of the Timescapes Archive
  • Convenor of the MA Qualitative Research Methods
  • Co-Director Centre for Research on Families, Lifecourse and Generations (FLaG)


  • Director:Timescapes Archive
  • Module Convenor: MA Qualitative Research Methods

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

Student education

I convene an annual programme of methods training in qualitative longitudinal research methods under the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. These events are aimed at all those in research-active organisations who have an interest in qualitative longitudinal research.

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>