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Associate Professor Lia Bryant, Centre Director
Rurality: rural communities; rural ageing; identities; agricultural production and gender; pluriacitivity and enterprise development; diversity; sexualities; embodiment; intimacy; ethnicities; mining and food processing labour markets; water and social inclusion
Gender: gender and work; gendered identities; gendered embodiment; heterosexuality
Qualitative methodologies: textual and visual; relationships between methodologies and theory. Feminist theories especially sexuality, embodiment; work; subjectivities; Intersectionality Theories of space and place; identity and belonging.
Dr Fiona Buchanan
Domestic violence; Gender issues; Childhood trauma; Mothering
Innovation in teaching and learning
Knowledge in emotions
Incorporating arts as research methods
Dr Jane Cowie
Regional and remote youth's plans
Aspirations and experiences during the transition from school
Professional development needs of social workers in regional and remote areas
Ms Sophie Diamandi
Cultural diversity: refugees, migrants, problem gambling and working with older persons in culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Organisational cultural competence and cultural audits
Field education: policy and practice issues, implications for the profession, supervision approaches, teaching and learning strategies for students and supervisors, social work theory and practice
Feminist social work and gender issues: implications for social work practice
Mrs Doreen Donovan
Communication design, particularly design activism and social advocacy; design for sustainable consumption; practice-based research; co-design with children; visual narratives; interdisciplinary connections between visual art, craft and communication design.
Associate Professor Jill Dorrian
Neurobehavioural effects of sleep loss; Productivity, safety and health in shiftwork operations; Alcohol consumption, dependence and abuse.
Dr Bridget Garnham
Qualitative Inquiry; Farmer distress and suicide in relation to rurality, political and moral economies and emotion; Contemporary subjective experiences of older people; Post-essentialist theoretical approaches and particularly the thought of Michel Foucault; Ethics and practices of self transformation.
Associate Professor Jodie George
Cultural Geography; Rural Studies; Critical toursim Studies; Creative Writing; Creative Methodologies.
Dr Kalpana Goel
Community development, aged care,building coping and resilience, migration and immigrants, group work and mental Health, strategies for student engagement in higher education
Professor Bernard Guerin
Building a new contextual form of psychology, synthesizing the social science disciplines; Showing how social context appear in analyses of everyday social life strategies; Re-thinking mental health by the inclusion of the social and cultural context, and the roles of discourses around mental health and spirituality; Community research, practice and intervention; especially working alongside Indigenous, refugee and migrant communities; Discrimination and prejudice in their social context and interventions to reduce their use in everyday life; The role of language in "doing" our social strategies, including the role of stories, rumours, jokes, etc.; Music and religion in their social contexts.
Dr Amanda Hutchinson
Expectancies and outcomes of cancer treatment; Cognitive impairment and cancer treatment; Cancer prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle; Mindfulness and health behaviour; Predictors of sun exposure and sun protection behaviours.
Dr Carla Litchfield
Conservation Psychology - applying principles of Psychology to change non-sustainable human behaviour; and to enhance welfare of animals in captive and ‘wild’ environments; Great Ape behaviour, cognition and conservation; The bushmeat trade crisis in Africa and possible solutions for hundreds of orphaned Great Apes in African sanctuaries; Responsible wildlife tourism; applications of Ecological Learning Theory; Behavioural enrichment to promote captive animal welfare; maintenance of behavioural diversity for successful reintroduction of captive animals; Human-animal interactions; psychopathology and animal abuse; Dog behaviour, cognition and human fear of dogs.
Dr Shepard Masocha
Exploring the role of language as a vehicle for social work practice and in the construction of subjectivities. My current research explores social workers’ discourses in everyday practice paying particular attention to language use and taking into account that these local meanings or micro discourses are situated in wider socio-political discourses. Being a Zimbabwean national, I also have a keen interest in wide ranging contemporary discourses relating to social welfare and social justice in Africa and Zimbabwe in particular.
Dr Nicole Moulding
Mental health, the links between violence against women and mental health, social work approaches to mental health, gender and mental health.
Ms Patricia Muncey
Designing effective educational tools to help SW (social work) and HSW (human services) students integrate theory with practice when they are on placement; assessing student placement readiness and developing strategies to increase this; Assessing student competence on placement and developing tools to assess this.
Dr Elissa Pearson
Conservation Psychology; Teaching and learning in Psychology; Human-animal interactions; Environmental education; Animal behaviour; Applied psychology.
Dr Margaret Rowntree
Sexuality; Gender; Ageing; Emotion.
Dr Helen Stallman
Wellbeing and resilience in university students; Children, parents and families; Higher education; E-psychology.
Ms Deirdre Tedmanson
Indigenous governance, policy, politics; Post-colonialism and globalisation; Participatory research methods; Community and social development; social and emotional well-being; Critical management perspectives.
Dr Nilan Yu
Disability and exclusion; Migration; Social policy and local governance
Dr Carole Zufferey
Homelessness; Social work practice and education; Domestic violence; Employment; Mental health; Child protection.
Professor Lynn Jamieson
University of Edinburgh, UK.
Professor Lynn Jamieson is a sociologist at the University of Edinburgh and a co-director of the Scottish based Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR). She has written about many aspects of social change in personal life including intimacy, commitment, non-monogamy, mediated digital relationships, state intervention, partnering, parenting, fertility, childhood, family change, leaving home, growing up. Her portfolio of research also includes a series of projects on rape and sexual assault and a small number of studies of ethnic and national identity including orientations to European identity.
Adjunct Professor Alexandre Kalache
Dr Kalache is a world leading authority on ageing, his expertise is in ageing issues – in particular old age care, epidemiology of ageing, health promotion, intersectoral policy development, advocacy, migration ageing, and cultural attitudes to ageing.
Dr Sue King, Adjunct Researcher
Attracting and retaining social workers and other human service workers in the context of an ageing workforce and predicted labour shortages. Becoming and remaining human service professionals: exploring informal learning in the workplace. Changing conceptualisations of prison officers’ work. Criminal record checks in social work education. Factors influencing student success in social work education.
Professor Jo Little
Professor in Gender and Geography, University of Exeter, UK
Rural communities and social identities, gender and geography. Jo has been involved in research on women and the rural labour market for a number of years, looking at the constraints that impact on women’s access to employment in the countryside and the relationship between the cultural construction of rurality and women’s involvement in paid work. Jo’s research interests in rural gender identities also developed to include work on the performance of sexuality and on the rural body. More recently Jo’s research has developed in two further directions. Firstly, in the study of local food and rural regeneration in the South West and West Midlands through a project run jointly with colleagues from Coventry and Exeter. Secondly in work on intimate partner abuse and the rural community. Finally, Jo’s work on the rural body has developed to include work on rural nature and on the links between healthy well-being and transformational tourism. The majority of Jo’s research has been in the UK although she is also involved in work on rural New Zealand
Associate Professor Mona Livholts
Department of Social Work, Linköping University, Sweden
Emergent writing methodologies; social justice and social change; Gender and intersectionality studies; critical studies on whiteness; Discourse and narrative methods; visual and textual methodological strategies; situated writing; Artistic research processes; glocalisation; architecture; monuments; public, rural and urban spaces; Media studies of masculinity and rape in the press; local and national media stories; Publicly staged interviews with researchers; Critical studies on welfare; social work and glocalisation; de-hegemonising and de-colonising methods.
Dr Lauren Rickards
Resilience: conceptions, symbols, meanings and resonances of the term resilience; different uses of the term across sectors and contexts; anticipatory resilience thinking; human-nature dualism; visions of society; imagined futures. Climate change: production of the present; latent futures; coal mining and combustion; knowledges and perceptions; mitigation and transition strategies; carbon framing; adaptation strategies; resilience ideals; Anthropocene. Rural-urban: ideals of rurality and urbanness; geographical imaginaries of urban and rural spaces and their relation; social, governance and material relations; city-bias and urban-centrism; lived experiences of rurality; wildness.
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Dr Tammy Hand
The influences of neo-liberalism on people's lives, practices and re-productions of (gendered) subjectivity; Gender, sexuality and subjectivity, including multiple, diverse and hierarchical (hetero)sexual femininities; Feminism and everyday practices of feminism; and Experiences and understandings of home.
Dr Lisa Hodge
Social justice and social change; gender and mental health; eating disorders; child sexual abuse and sexual trauma; suicide and self-harm; violence against women; discourse and narrative research methods; visual and textual methodologies; artistic research processes; sociology of emotions.
Dr Elio Martino
Trauma, resilience to trauma; Killing in combat
Masculinity; Male body image and the mass media
Applied Social Psychology
Stroboscopic therapy for anxiety and depression
The self and identities
Dr Paula Rowe
Youth development: identity formation during the youth phase; bullying, exclusion, and the structuring of marginal school-based identities; youth subcultural formations; globalised youth cultures and collective identities in local contexts; family, school and community relations as shapers of life and career aspirations.
Community development: empowered citizenship and democratic participation of marginalised youth; participatory community research; subcultural community formations; heavy metal (music) communities of practice.
Dr Fatin Shabbar
Gender & war; women in political conflicts and militarization; trauma & survival; Iraq & Middle Eastern politics; Arab families, cultures & societies; Islam & Muslim women in the west; postcolonial Feminism; cultural diversity; storytelling & narrative research methodologies
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