Rucks-Ahidiana publishes article on Integrating Spatial Data into Qualitative Research

Ph Candidate Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana has published a paper in The International Journal of Qualitative Methods:

Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana and Ariel H. Bierbaum.  2015.  “Qualitative Spaces: Integrating Spatial Data for a Mixed Methods Approach.”  The International Journal of Qualitative Methods.


Spatial context matters for qualitative social science inquiry. Yet, the explicit and consistent integration of these analyses has largely been segregated to the spatial sciences, geography and urban planning. In this article, we present a theoretical argument for integrating spatial data in qualitative inquiry and strategies for how to triangulate spatial and qualitative data. We argue that including spatial analyses in inquiries of social phenomena enhances depth and rigor to qualitative work across the social sciences.