Democratic research: Setting up a research commons for a qualitative, comparative, longitudinal interview study during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bettina M Zimmermann, Hendrik Wagenaar, Katharina Kieslich, Barbara Prainsack, Gert Meyers, Alena Buyx, Seliem El-Sayed, Amelia Fiske, Ilaria Galasso, Susi Geiger, Nora Hangel, Ruth Horn, Stephanie Johnson, Janneke M L Kuiper, Federica Lucivero, Stuart McLennan, Katharina T Paul, Mirjam Pot, Isabella Radhuber, Gabrielle SamuelTamar Sharon, Lotje Siffels, Ine Van Hoyweghen, Sula Awad, Théo Bourgeron, Johanna Eichinger, Marie Gaille, Christian Haddad, Sarah Hayes, Andrew Hoffman, Marie Jasser, Joke Kenens, Marjolein Lanzing, Sébastien Libert, Elisa Lievevrouw, Luca Marelli, Fernandos Ongolly, Amicia Phillips, Clémence Pinel, Katharina Riesinger, Stephen Roberts, Gertrude Saxinger, Lukas Schlogl, Franziska Schönweitz, Anna Sierawska, Wanda Spahl, Emma Stendahl, Siemen Vanstreels, Simeon Vidolov, Elias Weiss

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The sudden and dramatic advent of the COVID-19 pandemic led to urgent demands for timely, relevant, yet rigorous research. This paper discusses the origin, design, and execution of the SolPan research commons, a large-scale, international, comparative, qualitative research project that sought to respond to the need for knowledge among researchers and policymakers in times of crisis. The form of organization as a research commons is characterized by an underlying solidaristic attitude of its members and its intrinsic organizational features in which research data and knowledge in the study is shared and jointly owned. As such, the project is peer-governed, rooted in (idealist) social values of academia, and aims at providing tools and benefits for its members. In this paper, we discuss challenges and solutions for qualitative studies that seek to operate as research commons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100158
Number of pages1
JournalSSM. Qualitative research in health
Early online date7 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Comparative research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Solidarity
  • Covid-19
  • Research And Data Commons


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