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Place responsiveness: IPA walking interviews to explore participants’ responses to natural disasters

D'Errico, Danila; Hunt, Nigel


Danila D'Errico

Nigel Hunt


Over the last few years, walking interviews have gained the attention of a variety of disciplines and are considered an effective way to conduct interviews under particular circumstances. In this study, we are providing specific examples of the benefits of using walking interviews in the aftermath of an earthquake. Central Italy has recently experienced two significant earthquakes, L'Aquila in 2009 and Amatrice in 2016. In total over 600 people were killed. The earthquakes significantly affected both communities due to the loss of houses, workplaces and recreational facilities. We describe past research into the walking interview, develop a protocol to explore community issues, and critically evaluate the effectiveness of the technique. The analysis of the walking interviews was conducted with the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach. Walking interviews have never previously been used in this situation, but examples drawn from the study illustrated how effective they can be. In some situations, perhaps more beneficial than the traditional sitting interview.


D'Errico, D., & Hunt, N. (2019). Place responsiveness: IPA walking interviews to explore participants’ responses to natural disasters. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 19(2), 346-359.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 22, 2019
Publication Date Apr 22, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 23, 2020
Journal Qualitative Research in Psychology
Print ISSN 1478-0887
Electronic ISSN 1478-0895
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 346-359
Keywords Earthquake; community; walking interview; protocol; IPA
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 22 April 2019, available online: http:s//


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