Q-MIR symposium 2023

10 Jan 2023

The NIHR ARC North Thames (ARC NT) Academy is delighted to announce Qualitative methods in implementation research (Q-MIR) 2022/2023 – a major event to explore theory-informed qualitative research in implementation research. This event is co-hosted by ARC North East and North Cumbria (ARC NENC) and ARC North Thames.  

Q-MIR 2022/2023 brings together researchers from ARC NT, ARC NENC and beyond (national and international) to discuss current opportunities and challenges in qualitative implementation research, build a community and network across the group, share practice and showcase research.

This event began with online plenary presentations in a webinar which took place on 2 November 2022.

This will be followed by an in-person symposium on 23-24 March 2023.

The symposium on 23-24 March 2023 will take place at Bloomsbury, Central London.

The Symposium will open with a plenary from Prof. Tracy Finch and Prof. Tim Rapley on Challenges and opportunities for qualitative methods in implementation research, and close with a panel debate chaired by Prof. Annette Boaz on Future directions for qualitative implementation research. We are glad to be welcoming invited speakers for an insight session chaired by Prof. Fiona Stevenson showcasing Innovation for implementation research in practice and policy.

Workshops will be led by Prof. Finch, Prof. Rapley, Prof. Stevenson, Prof. Boaz and Prof. Carl May across the two days of the symposium. Topics include Theory-informed implementation research; Applied methods using Normalisation Process Theory; Practice-based implementation research; and Policy-based implementation research. The full programme will be shared ahead of the event. We are excited to be bringing this community together with several networking opportunities available throughout the Symposium and we will host lightening talks during the drinks reception on the first evening. Registration for the symposium has been extended. To register, see the details below. 

Attendance for the live event is £150. A limited number of bursaries will be available to members of ARC North Thames and ARC North East and North Cumbria (NENC) partner organisations at a reduced cost of £100. Full booking terms and conditions and symposium schedule will be made available at the point of payment.  


Places for the in-person two-day event are limited so applicants will be shortlisted. Priority will be given to members of ARC North Thames and ARC North East and North Cumbria (NENC) partner organisations, along with applicants currently completing their PhD or in the early stages of their research career. 
To ensure you are able to fully participate in the in-person activities, you must attend the online plenary sessions or watch the recording to so that you optimally benefit from the symposium. 

Attendees are expected to attend both days of the live activities (barring illness or other unexpected event) as well as the online plenary discussions on the 2 November to ensure optimal benefits from the symposium. 

How to apply to attend the in-person symposium 
Please complete the application form by midnight 3 March 2023.  Successful applicants for the in-person two-day event will be notified shortly after the closing date.

Q-MIR plenary presentations

Online plenary discussions for this event took place on Wednesday 2 November, with presentations from Q-MIR 2022 speakers introducing important insights from their own qualitative research journeys. The session can be viewed here


Prof. Annette Boaz (LSHTM)

Prof. Anne MacFarlane (University of Limerick)
Dr. Cory Bradley (Washington University)


Participants feedback:

“excellent and thought provoking speakers”

“Fantastic having international speakers - gives a different perspective.”

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