About Me


I’m a leading independent researcher, author, teacher and speaker specialising in research methods, particularly creative methods, and research ethics.

With over twenty years’ experience as an independent researcher I now teach doctoral students and staff at higher education institutions worldwide. I am also a prolific academic author with over 25 titles; notably Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide and Research and Evaluation for Busy Students and Practitioners, both in their second editions. Besides my regular blogs and videos, I also write comics and fiction. In 2021, at the age of 56, I was diagnosed autistic. I think that my neurodiversity explains my lifelong fascination with, and ability to focus on, words, language and writing.

I am fascinated with research methods and am always happy to discuss this on Twitter, where I am @DrHelenKara. I often post on #CRMethods and hold regular Twitter chats at #CRMethodsChat.

Click if you would like to know more about my writing or my teaching, or to see a list of all my research projects. You can view my Amazon page, my Google Scholar page, and my ORCID iD.

I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Why might I be useful to you?

Perhaps you’re an academic preparing a funding bid which would benefit from an experienced independent partner, or needing to outsource some existing research work, or wanting a guest lecturer for your research methods course, or seeking a keynote speaker for a conference.

You could be from a third sector organisation wanting to set up your own research ethics committee.

Or someone I haven’t thought of…

Whichever, please do get in touch. I’m always happy to discuss potential paid work, with no charge for an initial discussion.