Hanna Kienzler

Hanna Kienzler

Dr. Hanna Kienzler is an Associate Professor at King's College London. She conducts ethnographic and participatory research on mental health related issues in Kosovo, Palestine and Nepal.


  • Great to hear!

  • A very thoughtful answer

  • Wonderful to hear, thank you!

  • Thank you for these questions. You might want to ask the women a bit more openly about their experiences. You should not make the assumption that they are oppressed, feel inferior, or are in a submissive position. Rather, ask about their experiences and see if the women tell you such things or refer to their experiences in even more nuanced ways.

  • Thank you for your feedback. This is important to keep in mind and we encourage to think about data/their presentation critically.

  • Depending on the purpose of the research, you could also ask how they would define trauma and how this understanding influences their work (instead of providing a definition for them).

  • You might want to revisit your topic where you also thought about exploring possibilities to better support the refugees.

  • Well done!

  • Hello Tala, your example is good. You focus mostly on individual factors though and aspects of social suffering could be explored more.

  • Great reflections. Just to highlight that the psychosocial approach is particularly strong on emphasising the ecological factors as well while, as you rightly say, focusing more on the community instead of the individual.

  • Apologies for seeing this only now! I have uploaded the full article.

  • @YHONISHOMRON So glad to hear this!

  • Thank you for all your contributions!

  • Have you reached out to FutureLearn? Have you clicked 'complete' on all the steps?

  • Lovely! Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for sharing. I pinned it to the chat so others can find the link easily

  • Sorry to hear this. Can you please get in touch with FutureLearn to inquire? From what you write, you have done everything that it takes to get the certificate.

  • There are already some great observations and suggestions in the padlet (exercise document). Please continue adding to them!

  • Thank you for the suggestion.

  • We have created this one ourselves. However, there are some NVivo guides online if you google them (also some YouTube videos).

  • This is a good point. It is indeed possible to combine the two approaches and, thereby, enrich the sample by exploring diverse views from people embedded in different social networks.

  • @MajedaAl-Ruzzieh thank you for raising this point. We will consider this as it will help participants to re-engage with the material after the course is finished.

  • @BrentonDiaz this is also possible, no worries! Well done for engaging with the exercise.

  • An important point especially since wars in many parts of the world are protracted that is, are fought over decades, sometimes generations.

  • I agree. Very important point. Thank you for raising it.

  • Answered above.

  • @NajibabdulbariabdulfattahALQADASI Thanks for asking the question. Refugees with severe mental health problems are not necessarily excluded from research. However, since they are considered a vulnerable population, it is important that the research focuses on their situation with the aim of raising awareness or improving it. If people living in vulnerable...

  • Some good reflections here. Just to note: this is a qualitative study, so we are not necessarily seeking the chance of conducting a quantitative study. Rather, we would want to gain in-depth understanding into people's lived experience. In terms of the limitations, I would say that the limitation you list is true for every sampling method (including...

  • Very good reflections. Just note that achieving a good purposeful sample with people who are often marginalized and stigmatized is not necessarily easy. Often a lot of time needs to be invested into trust building.

  • @sakshisaxena Some tool kits have been validated. They have been developed in the UK; therefore, one has to be mindful/careful in terms of translation and cross-cultural usage:
    MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool – Treatment (MacCAT-T) (Grisso et al., 1997)
    BPS Audit Tool for Mental Capacity Assessment (British Psychological Society, 2010)

  • You are raising good points. If you like, reflect a bit on how participants can influence data in both qualitative and quantitative studies and about what some of the differences might be.

  • Just to add a note: when obtaining consent, the assumption needs to be that everyone has the capacity to give informed consent unless proven (important) otherwise. It is up to the researcher to explain the research in such a way that it is understandable and ensure that the person involved can make a decision whether or not to participate. Explaining such...

  • A powerful example. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing this personal experience!

  • Thank you for these powerful reflections

  • Thank you, Nesa. The article attempts to provide a historical perspective indicating moments in time when unethical research started to be discussed. You rightly note that we continue to see unethical research taking place. Also our sense of what is ethical is shifting - while it was alright to conduct research 'about' affected people, this is less and less...

  • Thank you for sharing your memories and work. It means a lot.

  • Thank you for sharing. It is so upsetting to see how these ruptures shape not only the lives of individuals, but also families and communities.

  • Good to see some differing opinions in the discussion. These are reflective of debates in research and practice. Should we expose people living in vulnerable circumstances to research if they might not benefit directly from the research? How can we develop and provide support services that are not only needed but also wanted without talking to talking to those...

  • Hi Maryam, thank you for your reflections. Just to think a bit with you - research has also found that people affected by war are quite resilient in the face of the violence they are experiencing. Suffering, coping and thriving can go hand in hand. It is good to read your reflections. Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Angela, thank you for engaging with the material. Great to see that you are getting so much out of it. Keep up the good work :)

  • Hi Angela, you don't necessarily need research experience. If you know of a case from reading the literature, then you could add that example. However, learning from others and thinking through their examples is also good!

  • Thank you for sharing these insightful examples on the padlet! Keep them coming!