Dr Lise Lafferty – Qualitative research behind bars: Gaining access, building trust, and navigating safety

Event type: 
Event date: 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
Booking deadline: 
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 5:00pm

A catered lunch will be provided at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au by COB Friday 30 March.

Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Lise Lafferty

Dr Lise Lafferty

Research Fellow, Centre for Social Research in Health and Kirby Institute

About your speaker

Dr Lise Lafferty is a Research Fellow with a co-appointment at the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Kirby Institute. Her research primarily focuses on prisoner health, hepatitis C, people who inject drugs, and Aboriginal health. Dr Lafferty has conducted over 100 qualitative interviews with men and women in prison and has facilitated focus groups with ex-offenders in the community.


Conducting qualitative research in the prison setting includes navigating overt and subtle issues, requiring the researcher to effectively manage complex relationships while building trust and rapport – with prisoner participants and prison officers. This seminar will focus on the ethics processes, relationships, access, and safety when conducting qualitative research in prisons.