Dr Martin James Hughes, B.A., PGCE, M. Sc., C. Psychol., AFBPsS, EdD, FRSA

Photograph of Martin Hughes

Lecturer in Educational Psychology,
Co-Director, Doctor of Educational
and Child Psychology (DEdCPsy)

(+44) (0)114 222 8165
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 8105
Email: m.j.hughes@Sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 8.12

Research interests

Martin's research interests include: Multi-agency issues, `hard to reach´, Q methodology, motivational interviewing, engaging young people effectively, children´s voice/participation, young people as co-researchers and views of students in HE regarding teaching and learning.


Martin teaches on the Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology course, joining the team in 2008. He has also coordinated and taught on a diploma (special educational needs) course with Sheffield Hallam University and, having helped to develop it, led the Dyslexia Certificate in conjunction with Sheffield University.

Teaching and research is orientated by:

  • Conversations and relationships based on mutual respect and strengths
  • Attempts to develop first-person perspectives
  • Inclusive and reflective practice
  • The adoption of critical attitudes which problematise attempts to speak of and for others
  • Awareness that there are multiple truths, stories and voices at play in any situation and attempts to find out and understand different ways of exploring these voices
  • Efforts to articulate thinking in such a way as to make it accessible to others and to our developing research community

Other experience

Martin taught in a secondary school for five years and since training in 1988, has been recognised as a Chartered Psychologist, gaining experience in Essex, Nottinghamshire and in Singapore, working for the Ministry of Education. Martin currently works part-time for Sheffield City Council as a Principal Educational Psychologist.


Chartered and HCPC registered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists and British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Presentation at Sheffield University’s Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, March 2010, ‘Working with Young Researchers’

Presentation at Sheffield University, Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth’s 4th International Conference: Celebrating Childhood Diversity, July 2012, ‘Viewpoints of young researchers’

Presentation at University of Central Lancashire, Children, Young People And Adults: Extending The Conversation, September 2012 ‘Working with young researchers : empowerment and better research-can we have both?’

Presentation at Sheffield University with Simon Watts (NTU), Seventh Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: "Embracing Diversity", January 2013, Diversity in Doctoral student voice : A Q methodological exploration

Presentation at the North of England Education Conference, 'Mind, Brain, Community : Inspiring Learners, Strengthening Resistance', Sheffield University, January 2013, A Community of Young Researchers : How Understanding Young People’s Viewpoints might help us to Inspire Learning.

Presentation at Sheffield University with Peter Castleton, Danny Monaghan and Jenny Owen, Eighth Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: "Digital Possibilities: Inspiring Learning Through Technology, January 2014, Building an ‘exemplary’ course in MOLE.

Presentation at Sheffield University, Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth’s 5th International Conference: Researching Children’s Everyday Lives, July 2014, ‘feels like a normal school but much worse’, going to the big school : young people’s views of transition.

Recent publications

Hughes, M. (2016) Critical, respectful, person-centred: Q Methodology for educational psychologists Educational and Child Psychology, 33(3), 63-75).

Hughes, M. ( in press) Joining the Q : What Q methodology offers to a critical educational psychology. In Williams, A, Billington, T, Corcoran, T and Goodley, D. (Eds.). (In press) Critical Educational Psychology, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hughes, M. (2014) What might adults learn from working with young researchers? Chapter 14 in Westwood, J., Larkins, C., Moxon, D., Perry, Y. & Thomas, N. (2014). Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People's Lives: Children and Adults in Conversation. London:Palgrave Macmillan.

Hughes, M. and Booth, V. (2009) Assessing Pupil Motivation for Change: Using Card Sorting Methodology, in Motivational Interviewing, Theory, Practice and Applications with Children and Young People, McNamara (ed. 2009). Positive Behaviour Management, Ainsdale.

Hughes, M. (2007) Every Child Matters; Setting the Context for the `Hard to Reach.´ Introductory Chapter to K.A.Pomerantz, M. Hughes and D. Thompson (Eds) How to reach `hard to reach´ children: improving access, participation and outcomes. Chichester: Wiley

Pomerantz, K.A., Hughes, M. and Thompson, D. (2007) (Eds) How to reach `hard to reach´ children: improving access, participation and outcomes. Chichester: Wiley.

Hughes, M (2006) Multi-agency teams: Why should working together make everything better? Educational and Child Psychology, 23(4), 60-71).

Hughes, M. (December 2004) A Singapore experience, International School Psychology Association newsletter, World Go Round, vol 31, no. 5.

Current Doctoral Students

Jonathan Heasley - Young people’s experience of voice, choice and participation in the Education, Health and Care planning process.

Completed Doctoral Studies

Dr Rachel Massey – A Q-methodological study to investigate adults’ role in supporting the social and emotional well being of children and young people who are deaf.

Dr Jill Bolton - A reflective exploration of Families experiences of the “Coordinated Family Support” Process: An interpretative Phenomenological study

Dr Eleanor Clare Salter - The Promotion of Emotional Well Being in Secondary Schools

Dr Natalie Bradbury – How do Educational Psychologists (within one service) make sense of pupil participation in their professional role? An Interpretative Phenomenological investigation.

Dr Jenny Parker – An Exploration of Involvement in decision- making and skills linked to participation. CO-RESEARCHING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PARTICIPATION GROUPS

Dr Carol Plummer – ‘Who Cares? An exploration, using Q methodology, of young carer and professionals’ viewpoints. (Q methodology)

Dr April Frearson – A Q-methodological study to explore Muslim girls’ viewpoints, around what they want from school to support their education

Dr Francine Wint - Facebook communication – does it hurt? An exploratory study into the views of young people (Q methodology)

Dr Michael Chisholm - Understanding the experience of out of authority educational placements for looked after children : An Interpretative Phenomenological investigation

Susan Youngson - Stable Foster Placements – Experience of natural siblings relationships and support. (IPA)

Ziyad Alateeq - An exploration of the factors influencing the reading of Saudi primary students

Carol Hatton - Transition to school: Exploring the Experiences of Children, Parents and Professionals (Narrative Enquiry)