The Association for Qualitative Research
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AQR Parker Prize 2020

The AQR Parker Prize will be presented to a person under 25 years old who works in the research industry. It will recognise someone exceptional, a person who, quite simply, has an amazing take on the research world. They'll be someone with spark, flair, commitment and passion for this industry. They'll naturally develop rapport with clients and colleagues and always be looking for ways to go the extra mile. They are a person who deserves to be recognised for not only doing their job well, but for doing it brilliantly.

The prize fund

The inaugural AQR Parker Prize for Emerging Talent will be presented by Trish Parker in June 2020 at the AQR's AGM and 40th Birthday Party in September 2020. This will be held in Central London but we will cover travel expenses for any finalist who doesn't live in London. The winner of the AQR Parker Prize for Emerging Talent will receive a one-off prize of £1,000.

How can the fund be used?

Ken Parker, after whom the prize is named, was passionate about helping young people develop their passion for the industry so we'd like all or part of the fund to be put towards personal development. Think conferences, courses, talks, learning a new language, developing a new skill, trying a new experience. How it is spent is at the discretion of the winner.

Judging the Prize

Nominations should be completed by colleagues of the nominees. These will be reviewed by the judging panel and a maximum of six shortlisted candidates will be invited to have a face-to-face meeting with a small group of the judges in August or September. This meeting will last for no longer than an hour, somewhere in London (the AQR will cover travel expenses for anyone not living in London). Further details will be sent to the successful candidates. The judges will then meet to decide on the worthy winner.

The Shortlist

Sophie Clark

Tomi Durosinmi

Jenny Gorbanenko

Dafydd Jones

Christie Tang

Harriet Wells
The Pineapple Lounge

Timetable for the 2020 Prize

28th February 2020
Deadline for submisisons

March 2020
Six candidates will be shortlisted

September 2020
First winner announced at AQR's AGM

Judging Panel 2020

The judges will be Trish Parker, Kat Cunningham née Parker, Elaine Francis of Criteria Fieldwork, Alan Hathaway of Discovery Research, and Ben Parker of Spectrum. AQR Board members on the judging panel will be Eimear MacGarty (The Behavioural Architects) and the current Chair of the AQR (Chloë Fowler, Razor Research).


The prize is generously sponsored by Criteria Fieldwork Ltd, Discovery, and Spectrum.

Critera Fieldwork Discovery Spectrum