Co-interviewing in qualitative social research: Prospects, merits, and considerations

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In this paper, we seek to open a dialogue about the approach of co-interviewing, which, to our surprise, has not received much attention in the realm of qualitative social research. The co-interviewing approach stands apart from ‘multiple’ interviewing, in which two or more researchers are tasked with conducting interviews in a single research study. Instead, this approach involves two researchers actively taking part in the same interview. In a qualitative grounded theory study that sought to explore doctoral students’ emotional well-being, we adopted the approach of co-interviewing each of our participants. This process involved us sharing the responsibilities of asking questions, probing, note taking and making observations. Our experience has led us to critically examine this unique approach to interviewing, and here, in this paper, we offer insights about its potential to enhance the generation of data and the research process. In doing so, we draw on literature, whilst reflecting on key concepts including power, reflexivity and well-being, by considering the positions of participants and researchers alike.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Methods in qualitative inquiry
  • Constructivist GT
  • Ethical inquiry
  • Community-based research
  • Grounded theory


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