Grounded Theory Futures

Grounded theory methodology is the most cited method in qualitative research. There are thousands of grounded theory researchers studying and working in the world right now. The future of grounded theory is in their hands. Our hands.

This conference provides a platform for both novice grounded theorists to launch and nurture their futures, and for practicing grounded theorists to share their expertise.

Join us – the International Association of Grounded Theorists – to explore the future together!

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, September, 2024, the International Association of Grounded Theorists will host a global conference

The conference will bring together grounded theorists practicing in the key versions of the method. Our aim is to create a collegial atmosphere in which to share ongoing work and ideas about the future of the methodology.

Keynotes, symposia, oral presentations and posters

The conference will offer a mix of keynotes, symposia, oral presentations and poster-presentations, online. We welcome abstracts of grounded theories from any area of interest and from any disciplinary background as well as methodology papers that seek to expand and develop grounded theory.


Submissions are welcome for symposium presentations. The symposium should focus on a specific theory, concept, or methodological consideration. Symposia presentations include an organiser/moderator, who presents an “anchor” paper, which also introduces speakers who have contributed papers relating to the topic of the anchor paper. The papers should offer an in-depth discussion of related ideas or different perspectives on the same theory, concept, or method.

Each 60-minute symposium will consist of 4-5 speakers . Each speaker will be allotted 10 minutes per presentation. Following the presentations, a 10-minute question and answer session will be led by the moderator/organiser. The question/answer period should be used to clarify, advance, and expand the conversation on the topic, with a view towards inspiring continued debate.

The symposium organiser/moderator must coordinate the speakers and submit an abstract regarding the symposium including all participants’ names, academic qualifications, affiliations, presentation titles, and short descriptions of their presentations. All symposia presenters must register for the conference.

Please email symposia proposals to:

The symposium abstract should be 300 to 500 words and will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • The abstract is written in clear well-structured English
  • The title is clear and indicative of the symposium content
  • The specific variant (or variants) of grounded theory reflected in the individual presentations is/are identified*
  • When theories are presented, the methodology and procedures of the method are clearly outlined and consistent with the variant of the method used
  • The presentations consist of in-depth discussion of different theoretical, methodological, or participant perspectives on the same or similar theories, concepts, or methods
  • Conclusions are appropriate to the method.

Timeline for submission

Submit your abstract or symposia proposal on or before May 31st, 2024
Notification of acceptance and rejection:

June 21st, 2024
Schedule of presentations/symposia notified
July 15th, 2024

Oral presentations and poster-presentations

We welcome abstracts of grounded theories from any area of interest and from any disciplinary background as well as methodology papers that seek to develop grounded theory. A methodology paper should present a new or unique perspective on grounded theory that moves the method forward. Methodology presentations can present, for example, innovations in areas such as data gathering whereby the richness and diversity of data sources is improved. Presentations can also focus on explanations or clarifications of an element of the method that is misunderstood by broad scholarly audiences.

Guidelines for abstract submissions: oral presentations and poster-presentations
Abstracts of 300-500 words are invited for oral presentations and poster-presentations.

Oral presentations of 20 minutes will be pre-recorded and followed by a 5 minute question and answer sessions led by the presenter. Poster presentations can take the form of an .pdf image or a short video.

All abstracts will be evaluated agains the following general criteria :

  • The abstract is written in clear, well-structured English
  • The title is clear and indicative of the abstract content
  • The specific variant of grounded theory is identified.*
Oral, theory presentations and poster-presentations will also be evaluated against the following six criteria:
  • The methodology and methods are clearly outlined
  • The background, aims/objectives are stated and are consistent with the grounded theory variant used
  • The methodology and it’s procedures are clearly outlined and consistent with the variant of the method used
  • Oral presentations must present a developed theory and/or conceptualisation, as appropriate to the variant used
  • Poster-presentations may relate to theories/ conceptualisations which are in development and are consistent with the variant of grounded theory methodology used.
  • The relevant literature is used appropriately.
Methodology presentations will be evaluated against the 3 general criteria and the following two criteria:
  • The aspect of the methodology included in the abstract is congruent with the identified variant
  • The presentation offers a significant contribution such as an innovation or a clarification of an unclear or misunderstood aspect of grounded theory.

* For example, Glaser’s classic grounded theory; Strauss & Corbin’s grounded theory; Charmaz’ constructionist grounded theory; Clarke’s situational analysis.

Abstract structure

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Degrees and credentials
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Title of abstract
  • Authors
  • Preference for an oral presentation or a poster-presentation
  • Body of abstract.

Submissions are restricted to one oral presentation per first author/presenter.