Gina Neff to give last QUAL lecture of year on new tech for health

Gina NeffAssociate Professor Gina Neff will give the last lecture of the year in a series by the Qualitative Multi-Method Research Initiative (QUAL). Hosted by the Jackson School Ph.D. Program’s Bridge Lab, the talk is open to all UW students, faculty, and staff interested in qualitative multi-method research.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
WHERE: Thomson Hall 317

Synopsis > Studying the Future: Doing Ethnographic Research of Emerging Consumer Technologies for Health

What are the challenges of doing qualitative research in rapidly evolving field sites? This talk looks at the challenges of examining the phenomenon of self-tracking for health and suggests how qualitative researchers improvise in settings in flux.

Bio > Gina Neff is a media and communication scholar whose work centers on impact of new communication technologies on work, companies, and society. Her book “Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries” (MIT 2012) was the co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s Communication & Information Technology Best Book Award in 2013. Funded by Intel, she studied the impact of social media and consumer health technologies on the organization of primary care and wrote “Self-Tracking” (with Dawn Nafus, forthcoming from MIT in 2016). Professor Neff is a member of the QUAL Steering Committee.

QUAL is a UW-wide initiative launched in response to pressing demand for qualitative research design and methods training in the social sciences. In its inaugural 2015-2016 school year QUAL aims to promote and systematize training in qualitative research methods and to build a community of qualitative multi-method researchers. The Initiative has the support of the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and is guided by a Steering Committee of social science faculty at the University of Washington.