Dr Martin James Hughes

BA, PGCE, MSc, C. Psychol, AFBPsS, EdD, FRSA

School of Education

Co-Director, Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology

+44 114 222 8165

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Dr Martin James Hughes
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
S10 2GW
Research interests

Martin has had an interest in Q Methodology since 2005. He has presented at conferences (most recently at the 33rd annual conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity) and published a number of Q-related journal articles and book chapters.

Martin has applied Q to different areas, notably to young researchers (the subject of his Doctoral work), school transition from (Y6 to Y7) and student viewpoints of teaching and learning. Martin secured a small grant (Curriculum Development Fund) to facilitate further enquiry of this last topic.

Martin is also interested in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency issues, exploring viewpoints related to teaching activities including ‘Getting the message’, similarities and differences between Clinical and Educational Psychologists and the use of Forum Theatre.


Journal articles

Teaching activities

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 are 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
Professional activities
  • 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.
  • Presentation at 33rd annual conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity – ‘I'm paying all of this money and you want me to think for myself?! The Student Perspective Of Doctoral Teaching And Learning’