Skip to main content

So, what is a narrative approach? - workshop for CEU doctoral students

Professor Lynn McAlpine
Monday, November 4, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The CEU Center for Teaching and Learning and the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations invite

doctoral students 

to join us for a workshop at the Center for Teaching and Learning

So, what is a narrative approach?
Lynn McAlpine
Professor Emerita, University of Oxford and McGill University

Monday, November 4, 2019
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Nádor u. 13, Room 613

RSVP required

The event will be recorded for doctoral students in Vienna.

A key issue for researchers is how to organize, analyze, display and report qualitative data in ways that are rigorous, meaningful and contribute to the field. Of course, there are many ways to do this. This workshop is designed for those who want to understand what makes a narrative approach distinct as a qualitative approach. In the session, I describe a process I often use, explaining my rationales which are premised in a narrative methodology.

You might find it useful to read this article before the session: McAlpine, L. (2016). Why might you use narrative methodology? A story about narrative. Eesti Haridusteaduste Ajakiri. Estonian Journal of Education, 4 (1), 32-57.

Lynn McAlpine, Professor Emerita of Higher Education Development at the University of Oxford and Professor Emerita at McGill University is internationally recognized for her research, conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada, into PhD and post-PhD career trajectories both in and outside the academy. She receives frequent invitations to do presentations and workshops that explore the personal, pedagogical and policy implications of her research.

Lynn has been co-author of the following books:

McAlpine, L., & Amundsen, C. (2018). Identity-Trajectories of Early Career Researchers: Unpacking the Post PhD Experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

McAlpine, L., & Amundsen, C. (2016). Post PhD Career Trajectories: Intentions, Decision-Making and Life Aspirations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot.

McAlpine, L., & Amundsen, C. (2011). Doctoral Education: Research-Based Strategies for Doctoral Students, Supervisors and Administrators. Amsterdam: Springer.

For more information and for lists of publications please visit  or

See photos of the event