Using Q Method to Reveal Social Perspectives in Environmental Research

This document, written by the Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) covers a highly practical tutorial on how to carry through a Q study. It's instructive for EPA staff, graduate students and professionals working in the social sciences.


  • Summary and key concepts on Q method
  • More detail on key steps
  • Carrying out a Q study: a detailed example
  • References and additional resources


Webler, T., Danielson, S., & Tuler, S. (2009). Using Q method to reveal social perspectives in environmental research. Greenfield MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. Downloaded from:

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