Joanna BornatProfessor Joanna Bornat

Open University

Joanna Bornat is Professor of Oral History in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University. She researches, writes and publishes on oral history topics and methods and is joint editor of Oral History. Recent book relevant publications include, The Turn to Biographical Methods in Social Science (2000, with Prue Chamberlayne and Tom Wengraf) and Biographical Methods and Professional Practice (2004) with Prue Chamberlayne and Ursula Apitzsch). She is currently the principal investigator on two ESRC funded projects: 'South Asian overseas trained doctors and the development of geriatric medicine' and 'The Oldest Generation' a project in the Timescapes programme investigating the impact of family life transitions on inter-generational relations. Both projects are taking an oral history approach and both are addressing questions relating to the secondary analysis of archived qualitative data and ethical issues in interviewing and preserving personal accounts of the past.

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