The year 2020 will go down in history as the year when the whole world was challenged with one invisible enemy that changed everything in human society. It is the modern pandemic that has shaken all aspects of human life. It is clear that no one in any field was prepared for COVID-19. The newness of this phenomenon gives room for several qualitative research opportunities to help understand and address the social implications. In this webinar, we will discuss the current social trends of COVID-19, the role qualitative research should play during this time, and how to conduct qualitative research about and during this pandemic. This webinar will generate ideas for current issues that can be addressed through qualitative research.
Dr. Safary Wa-Mbaleka is an American researcher and educator who is currently working at the Adventist University of Africa (www.aua.ac.ke) in Kenya. He is the founding president of the Asian Qualitative Research Association (www.myAQRA.org), located in the Philippines, and which now has more than 2,000 registered members. He teaches qualitative research and has provided several dozens of trainings, conference presentations, seminars, colloquia, and workshops on qualitative research around the Philippines and in many other different countries. He has published several qualitative research articles and books to make qualitative research much more learnable and teachable.