A practical introduction to in interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). IPA is a particular qualitative approach concerned with the in-depth examination of participants’ lived experience. It has an idiographic focus which means it is concerned with offering detailed analyses of individuals’ sense-making along with an examination of the patterning of convergence and divergence across participants’ accounts.

The workshop has a practical orientation so that attendees get a chance to understand what doing IPA is like. The workshop will begin with a brief definition of what IPA is and a description of its theoretical foundations in phenomenology, hermeneutics and idiography. The main part of the workshop will be a step by step guide to conducting an IPA study: design, data collection, analysis, writing up. The workshop will include some practical exercises by participants. It is aimed at those who may be interested in using IPA in their own research and/or are curious about how it works.

Workshop Convenor:

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. He has developed interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) as one particular experiential qualitative methodology. IPA is now used widely in psychology and many other disciplines. Jonathan has employed IPA in many different research studies in a wide range of areas. He is the first author of the definitive book on IPA, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Sage, 2009, with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin). View full profile here.