Using Email Interviews

This Realities toolkit on Email Interviews draws on the author's experience of using email interviews in a multi-option study of older music fans. It reflects on the option affected data collection and analysis, and discusses how email interviews works in practice.


  • Introduction
  • Are email interviews appropriate for my study?
  • Timing and pace
  • Types of data produced
  • Authenticity and confidentiality
  • Planning and doing email interviews
  • Feedback from participants
  • Further reading


Gibson, Lucy (2010) Using Email Interviews. Realities Toolkit, National Centre For Research Methods (NCRM) Realities, University of Manchester. Retrieved from



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