In partnership with the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM), ATLAS.ti established in 2011 the ATLAS.ti-IIQM Dissertation Award. This award is given twice a year to a Master’s student and a doctoral student from any discipline and nationality, in recognition for the quality of theses and dissertations employing qualitative methods. Using software in qualitative data analysis is not a requirement to qualify for the award, which provides $3,000.00 in cash to be used, among other things, in covering the expenses incurred in attending the qualitative methodology conferences organized by IIQM each year.

With this award, ATLAS.ti reaffirms its commitment to the world of qualitative methodology and to the development of the new generation of researchers who think and practice the qualitative paradigms. We encourage applications from researchers from all over the world and from all disciplines. So far, 319 people have applied for this award, representing more than 20 countries.

For information on this award, including evaluation criteria and full versions of the awardees’ theses and dissertations, please visit the IIQM website.

The following individuals have received the award:


Doctoral Level


Aileen Collier


Aileen is a nurse and social scientist. She has worked as a specialist palliative care nurse in a diverse range of settings in Scotland and Australia and as a nurse educator in Laos. She is passionate about providing quality post-graduate palliative and end-of life care education and building capacity in palliative and end-of-life care research. Aileen’s research undergirds a commitment to her practical work, with moral and pragmatic questions always being anchored to clinical ‘realities’. She is interdisciplinary in inclination and is an advocate of interdisciplinary research that brings together diverse disciplines in response to ‘wicked’ problems. Aileen’s PhD “Deleuzians of Patient Safety: A Video-reflexive Ethnography of End-of-Life Care” examines the links between the spaces where dying people find themselves exploring how these spaces enable or constrain agency and contribute to safety and quality of care.


Master’s Level

Kim Mckercher


Kimberly Mckercher is a graduate from the Gerontology Masters Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Her area of interest is in environmental gerontology and residential care design. Kimberly is currently employed as a Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC. She is passionate about dementia care and supporting family caregivers.


Doctoral Level

Carrie Mitchell


Carrie Mitchell has a PhD and MEd from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research focuses on gender and education in the context of Nepal. She has worked within the field of education and international development in rural areas of Nepal for seven years, as well as teaching in other international contexts.

Master’s Level

Holly McKenzie


Holly McKenzie’s research explores how intersecting sexist, racist, classist, and colonialist discourses render Aboriginal women vulnerable to violence as well as how Aboriginal women resist this violence and the wider discourses that perpetuate it. Her Master’s project brought together a Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis Approach and an Indigenous Storytelling Methodology. She completed her MA in Canadian Plains Studies at the University of Regina, where she was honoured to work with a number of Aboriginal scholars, Elders and other community members. While she is originally from small-town Saskatchewan, Holly recently made the move to Vancouver to pursue her doctoral studies at UBC. Her PhD research involves working with Aboriginal women living in poverty to identify what constrains and fosters their access to reproductive justice.


Doctoral Level

Justin Page


Justin Page’s research focuses on the relationship between society and natural resources, spanning studies of forestry, aquaculture, mining and resource-dependent communities. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, where he drew on environmental sociology and science studies to explain the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest. Post-doctoral positions have focussed on the public acceptability of environmental remediation and the resilience of coastal BC communities. Justin now works as a Social Scientist in an Vancouver-based environmental consulting firm.

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