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School of Social Sciences and Humanities (S3H)
National Conference on Qualitative Psychology (NCQP2020)

Conference Title

National Conference on Qualitative Psychology (NCQP2020)


5th March 2020


NBS Seminar Hall, NUST, Islamabad

Organized by

Department of Behavioral Sciences (DBS), School of Social Sciences and Humanities (S3H), NUST Islamabad


National Conference on Qualitative Psychology was first of its kind in Pakistan to showcase qualitative research geared towards integrated solutions considering Sustainable Development Goals. The event provided opportunity to 150 researchers, scholars and academicians across the country to promote interdisciplinary qualitative research to find evidence based and contextualized solutions of the social issues (such as health, hygiene, quality of education, social harmony etc). Eminent professionals in the field of social sciences attended the conference, and appreciated the platform provided by DBS (NUST) findings real time solutions to psycho-social and societal problems and issues.

Addressing at the occasion, keynote speaker Dr. S. Zulfiqar Gillani emphasized the significance of the scholarly qualitative research for understanding behaviors in the given context. This helps to provide “meaning” to behaviors which remains narrow by taking quantitative approaches to research. He concluded his keynote address by appreciating NCQP2020 as a brave step towards bringing much needed interdisciplinary qualitative research in focus and showcasing the researches being conducted in Pakistani socio-cultural context.  

Pro-rector NUST, Dr. Asif Raza highlighted the importance of in-depth evidence-based research and urged a serious consideration from the academia towards qualitative research for taking human-centered solution-oriented approach. He further mentioned high ranking of the School of Social Sciences & Humanities (NUST) in QS ranking which is mainly because of the efforts made to produce evidence-based research. He highlighted the fact that the Department of Behavioral Sciences (S3H) has made a significant contribution in NUST to promote quality research and this has raised the recognition of S3H.

Dr. Salma Siddiqui, Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the chief organizer of the conference stressed upon the scholarly value of qualitative research. She narrated the significance of qualitative research to understand human behaviors and underlying psycho-social in its contextual and structural depth.

Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan (Dean and Principal of S3H) mentioned the need of qualitative research for effective evidence-based policy making. He expressed his pride and appreciation for DBS for organizing a conference that pioneered the promotion of interdisciplinary qualitative research in Pakistan.

After the inauguration session, the conference formally moved towards scientific sessions for the scholarly discourse on qualitative research inquiry for indigenous problems. Forty (40) research papers (selected after blind review of 100 submitted papers) were presented in three parallel scientific sessions that were mainly segregated based on research methods used in these papers (that is, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and Focus Group Discussion and Systematic Reviews). The esteemed researchers shared indigenous, contextualized, interdisciplinary and research-based perspectives on myriad of social issues and behavioral problems. Presenters uplifted the importance of qualitative research methods for solution to socio-cultural issues and challenges. Six eminent professionals (Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool, Dr. Urusa Fahim, Ms. Saima Qamar, Dr. Nighat Gilani, Dr. Farah Khalid, and Dr. Najma Sadiq) chaired the morning and afternoon sessions. Each session was concluded with question/answers and session chairs’ invaluable feedback. The dual focus of the conference, both qualitative research methods and research-based solutions was concluded by the session chairs as improving overall quality of life and role of qualitative research in that.

After the successful completion of scientific sessions, a panel discussion on Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research in Pakistani Social Context was carried out. Panelists include Dr. Azher Hameed Qamar (Moderator), Dr. Urusa Fahim, Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool, and Dr. Adnan Khan. Panelist had a fruitful and conclusive discussion on researchers’ need to bracket their presumptions, true sense of process of analysis, and human-centered research grounded in social and cultural context. 

The concluding session was presided by Miss Ghazala Saifi (MNA, Federal Parliament Secretary) who in her address appreciated the researchers who presented their qualitative studies and said that we wish to see cultural research done and researchers should come forward with original works and research to find solutions rather than being influenced with foreign research that is mainly dominated by quantitative research and research conducted in western context.

Pre-conference workshops were also the important part of the conference and were conducted on 4th March 2020. Dr. Azher Hameed Qamar conducted a workshop on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Dr. Najimdeen Bakre and Dr. Imdadullah conducted a workshop on Qualitative Research Design and Write-up. Both the workshops were a great success and received appreciation from the participants. 

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