Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Some thematic analysis resources

Many great resources can be found for qualitative research, but one tool I particularly like is thematic analysis. Two researchers, Braun and Clark, have done some fabulous work in this area (2006, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019), clarifying over time that there are a few fields within the practice of thematic analysis. They include reflexive thematic analysis, which is the area that Braun and Clarke have codified (2019, 2021). 

Braun and Clarke's six step approach to thematic analysis has proved very helpful for my research students in the past, and continues to add value today. In their latest publication, Braun and Clarke (2021a, 2021b) have provided some excellent resources via the SAGE Publications Ltd website (2022a, 2022b), as follows:

  • Preview Chapter one of the book using the Google Preview viewer here (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2022b). Unfortunately there is no download pdf of the chapter, which I think is a pity. However, the chapter is an interesting read.
  • Check out the student resources here (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2022b). There is a wealth of materials to be found, including teaching resources. There are videos, slide decks, and worksheets. Although the slide decks are very wordy, they do provide an 'importance' outline: helpful when considering what we might like to emphasise. I found the slide deck on teaching transcripts interesting, even though I do prefer Johnny Saldaña's approach to transcripts (2016). There is always something to learn!
  • Virginia Braun (Ginny) has a YouTube channel here, while Victoria Clarke's channel is here.
  • Creative Commons resources supporting Thematic Analysis is hosted by the University of Auckland, here.
  • And a free, downloadable pdf chapter on teaching thematic analysis is available here

Finally, if you possess an Amazon account, a free Kindle chapter can be downloaded in .azw format from here



  • Braun, V. (2022). Virginia Braun [channel].
  • Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2006). Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 77–101.
  • Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2014). What can “thematic analysis” offer health and wellbeing researchers?. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 9(1), 26152, 1-2.
  • Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2019). Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11(4), 589-597.
  • Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2021a). Thematic Analysis: A Practical Guide. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2021b). Teaching, supervising, assessing and examining thematic analysis in Thematic Analysis: A Practical Guide. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., & Terry, G. (2019). Chapter 48: Thematic analysis. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.) Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (pp. 843-860). Springer Nature.
  • Clarke, V. (2022). Victoria Clarke [channel].
  • Clarke, V. and Braun, V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: A practical guide for beginners. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Clarke, V., & Braun, V. (2017). Thematic analysis. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(3), 297-298.
  • Clarke, V., & Braun, V. (2018). Using thematic analysis in counselling and psychotherapy research: A critical reflection. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 18(2), 107-110.
  • SAGE Publications Ltd (2022a). Student Resources.
  • SAGE Publications Ltd (2022b). Thematic Analysis, Chapter 1 preview.
  • Saldaña, J. (2016). The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Thematic Analysis (2022). Home.

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