Art installation at Civic Space Park in Phoenix Arizona by Artist Janet Echelman

Feeling SmART by Slowing Down

The life of a qualitative researcher often has us flying in and out to new cities with little regard for the places we visit when conducting research. Nick Wise reminds us that “therapeutic recreation”—like absorbing the public art landscape on our travels—can help us transition from a mind that is always full, to an outlook that is more mindful of what else is out there. […]


Home 2 Home: Travel, Research, and My Hybrid Identity

Professor Weronika Kusek knows firsthand that while one’s physical home may change, we carry our identity wherever we go. A migrant from Poland to the United States, she discusses the complexities of living between two countries, with teaching commitments in one and extended family in another, all while conducting qualitative research. Her current work focuses on migrants in Poland, specifically on Ukrainian laborers moving into Poland. This research is led by current global events, as many Ukrainians come to Poland due to the refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. […]


Perceptions of Place, According to the Media…

An academic researcher, Nick Wise looks at the media with a critical eye, especially when it comes to the places he visits for fun and for his research. Media analysis is important to Nick’s research so that he can understand the way news media coverage impacts tourism. The media broadcasts stories of a place’s heritage or current events and this plays a role in people’s imaginations about a place, their willingness to travel—and for those who go, their perceptions of what they’re seeing and hearing. […]


Let’s Visit Charlotte!

Our next annual QRCA conference will be in Charlotte, North Carolina in March. In this article Chris Hauck familiarizes you with the attractions, food, and entertainment in Charlotte, so you can plan ahead for a productive and fun week in the Queen City. […]


Pushing the Reset Button on Business Trips

After years and years of the same routine of traveling between cities and adjusting to different time zones, all while squeezing in analysis and drafting reports whenever she could, seasoned business traveler and qualitative researcher Susen Dunmire shares how breaking her norm helped her uncover ways to rejuvenate and revitalize. While previously she was usually drained by the end of the week, this article shares way that she was still energized and focused at the end of a multi-city travel week. […]

Burning Man Festival

Discovering the Lessons of Burning Man

Burning Man is an immersion, not an observation. It’s a two-way, mutual understanding that anything exposed or shared is sacred and experienced without judgment. Being in the business of asking questions and asking people to share their truths, author Tory Gentes would challenge you—are you willing to share your truths to uncover society’s deeper truths? […]