1000 Voices

Reflective online multimodal narrative inquiry as a research methodology for disability research

Naomi Sunderland*, Lesley Chenoweth, Nicole Matthews, Kathleen Ellem

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)


This article outlines the research approach used in the international 1000 Voices Project. The 1000 Voices project is an interdisciplinary research and public awareness project that uses a customised online multimodal storytelling platform to explore the lives of people with disability internationally. Through the project, researchers and partners have encouraged diverse participants to select the modes of storytelling (e.g. images, text, videos and combinations thereof) that suit them best and to self-define what both ‘disability’ and ‘life story’ mean to them. The online reflective component of the approach encourages participants to organically and reflectively develop story events and revisions over time in ways that suit them and their emerging lives. This article provides a detailed summary of the project's theoretical and methodological development alongside suggestions for future development in social work and qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-64
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2015


Cite this