About me


Karen O’Reilly ( https://academics.org.uk/ProfKarenOreilly/) is a freelance Qualitative Social Research Trainer, providing bespoke and standard courses for The Social Research Association and privately. Topic areas:

  • Qualitative (responsive) Interviewing
  • Designing a qualitative study
  • Conducting Focus Groups and Group Interviews
  • Online/digital qualitative interviews
  • Creative interviewing techniques
  • Interviews with children and vulnerable groups/sensitive topics
  • Ethnography and Participant Observation
  • Thematic (interpretive) Analysis
  • Grounded Theory
  • Writing Qualitative Research

Rural Labour Migrants Johan Fredrik Rye and Karen O’Reilly (eds) (2020) International Labour Migration to Europe’s Rural Regions. Routledge

Brexit and Brits Abroad To find out about our recently completed research into what Brexit means for UK nationals living in the EU27, visit the project website.

Reflexivity as Practice Benson, M. and O’Reilly, K. (2020) Reflexive Practice in Live Sociology: Lessons fromresearching Brexit in the lives of British Citizens living in the EU-27Qualitative Research

Latest book on Lifestyle Migration Benson, M. and O’Reilly, K. (2018) Lifestyle Migration and Colonial Traces in Malaysia and Panama  Palgrave

British in Spain Listen to me talking about British in Spain with Instituto Cervantes in Manchester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjnLYeJ9d8

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, Karen has taught ethnographic and qualitative methods for over 20 years, including the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Collection and Analysis, and the Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods, in Lugano. She has taught qualitative research at the Universities of Aberdeen, Essex, Loughborough and Oxford, as well as in universities in Germany, Norway and Hong Kong. Her experience also includes being a Member of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Research Methods biannual Research Methods Festival 2011-2012; an Independent assessor for the James Martin 21st Century School (Oxford Martin School) External Review, Nov 2011: a Member of the International Assessment Board for IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, 2010- 11; and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2012 – 2016. Karen is a highly experienced ethnographer whose many publications include two widely cited books on ethnography: Ethnographic Methods (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2012) and Key Concepts in Ethnography (Sage, 2009), and a monograph The British on the Costa del Sol (Routledge 2000). Karen provides short courses for the Social Research Association on a regular basis, as well as bespoke training in qualitative research methods. She has delivered training for (among others) UK Parliament, Department of Work and Pensions, Pearson Education, charities, private research organisations, HMRC, the UK Home Office, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

International Advisory Board member, Glarus: Global Labour in Rural Societies (GLARUS) project. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2017 – 2021. Based in Norway, the project aims to explore how contemporary global flows of low-skilled and manual labour transform the social fabric of non-urban regions in Western society.

10 thoughts on “About me

  1. Just completed your survey on Malaysia, hope it is the sort of info you are looking for 🙂
    I live here with my 19 year old son Seth who is a Pro-Jet Ski Racer here in Malaysia for the last 3 years. Moved here full time January 2012, no desire to return to the UK.

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