Jonathan Smith Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Workshop

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Training Workshops
Jonathan Smith, Birkbeck University of London UK

The Qualitative Report
Nova Southeastern University
March 30-31, 2020


Jonathan Smith Biography 

Jonathan A Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London UK. He has developed Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as one particular experiential qualitative methodology in psychology and employed it in a wide range of areas, particularly in health.  He has published many journal articles and edited a number of books. He is the lead author of the definitive book on IPA, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Sage, 2009, with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin). At Birkbeck Jonathan leads the IPA research group, comprising researchers and PhD students and he teaches qualitative methods at all levels. IPA is now one of the leading qualitative methodologies in psychology and it is also beginning to be used in a wide range of other disciplines. Researchers are now using IPA in many different countries. 

Day 1
Introductory workshop on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
Monday, March 30 2020

This workshop provides a practical introduction to the experiential, qualitative approach-interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The aim is that, by the end of the class, attendees will recognise the important principles of the approach and understand the main practical steps involved in a research project using IPA. The workshop will begin with a short example of a study conducted by Jonathan. The best way to get to grips with the value of an approach is to see what it can produce. This will be followed by a brief presentation of the theoretical underpinnings of IPA. Most of the workshop will be taken up with Jonathan guiding participants through the stages of conducting an IPA study: design, data collection, analysis, writing up. There will be opportunities for hands on work by delegates during the class.

Day 2
Half day advanced workshop on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
Tuesday, March 31 2020

This workshop is intended for researchers and postgraduate and doctoral students who have already begun an IPA study. The class will aim to enable participants to produce high quality IPA through considering what enables the collection of good data and what is involved in conducting a good piece of analysis. Participants must have already done collected some IPA data for their study in the form of, for example, in depth-interviews or diaries. We will look at some delegates’ data during the session.

Travel & Accommodations


Conference attendees can take advantage of special rates and services at hotels near campus (located in the Plantation/Davie area). Visit NSU’s Travel Office page for discounts and special rates to local area hotels.


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Driving Directions

3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7796
(800) 541-6682

​Directions to Campus

Directions to NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus from I-95 or Florida’s Turnpike
Exit at I-595, proceed west to University Drive exit. Turn left (south) onto University Drive. Proceed approximately 1 ½ miles to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.), turn left (east). NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus will be on the right side.​​

Directions from University Drive
From North of I-595
Take University Drive south 1 ½ miles past I-595 to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd). Turn left (east). NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus will be on the right side.

​​From South of Griffin Road
Take University Drive north approximately 2 miles past Griffin Road to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.). Turn right (east). NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus will be on the right side.

​​Directions from I-75
From Miami Heading North or West Coast/Naples Heading East
Merge onto I-595 eastbound (towards Fort Lauderdale). Exit at University Drive exit, turn right (south). Proceed approximately 1 ½ miles on University Drive to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.), turn left (east). NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus will be on the right side.