The ethnographic fieldwork for the Everyday Austerity project took place in Greater Manchester, UK over the course of two years.
Ethnographic research methods are now common practice in the social sciences, involving the observation of participants in their everyday setting and being part of their daily lives. Ethnography involves investigating cultural or social worlds using qualitative techniques.
As for the research methods, the focus was on observations; spending time with families in their day to day lives. Taped discussions were also used, alongside participatory tasks. For more information please see my most recent articles (under the ‘writing projects’ tab).