Professor Rebecca Lawthom

BA (Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, PhD, Senior Fellow SFHEA, MBPS

School of Education

Head of School

Professor of Community Psychology

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r.lawthom@sheffield.ac.uk
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Professor Rebecca Lawthom
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2GW
Profile

I joined Sheffield in 2020 as the incoming Head of School of Education. I am a Professor of Community Psychology, a psychology that recognises inequality and takes context seriously. I am used to working with people, collaboratively and recognising that people have answers, skills and expertise. I have engaged in research which includes and collaborates with people who may often be considered as marginalised.   Working with disabled people, migrants or those who are ageing, community psychology allows me to embrace creative approaches which position people as experts. I am currently working with colleagues in Brazil and India (ESRC), to explore how older adults age well in place in different city neighbourhoods. Before joining Sheffield, I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University in a range of roles. Latterly, I was co-leading a research centre of interdisciplinarity around health, psychology and communities. I was also leading on International strategy across the faculty. In addition to funded research collaboration, I am committed to developing research capacity. I enjoy working with doctoral students and I have successfully worked with 35 students supervising them to doctoral completion.

Research interests

I am delighted to be joining the school and looking forward to learning and collaborating with others. I have extensive experiences of galvanising research across a range of education, health, social care and social science disciplines and combine this with my own interests in community-led approaches to co-production and participatory research. This research encompasses the contexts of community, education, health and social care; necessitating an interdisciplinary approach to research.

Some examples of externally funded research
 
2007: Manchester PCT, Refugee and Asylum Seekers Health Experiences and Access to Health Care, with Judith Sixsmith (MMU), £30,000
2007: BPS Research Seminars Competition, Arts for Health Seminar Series, with Carolyn Kagan and Judith Sixsmith (MMU),  £3,000
2008: British Council PMI2,  Promoting UK-Malaysian Collaboration: Critical Disability Studies, with Dan Goodley (MMU), £40,000
2009, JRF, Forced Labour and Chinese migrant experiences, with Carolyn Kagan £97,000
2010: BPS Psychology of Women section, Seminar series Feminism and Impact, £1000
2011: AHRC Connected Communities Development Grant, £15,000
2012: JISC Embedding Impact Analysis, The Impact of Schools Stand up to Racism: Analysis and Articulation, with Sue Baines, Geraldine Lee Treweek, £15,000
2012: Locality (Government funded) Community Organizer, with Jenny Fisher and Carolyn Kagan, £90,000
2013: Economic and Social Research Council, Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society. PI: Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield), Co-Is: Katherine Runswick Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University), Toby Brandon (Northumbria University), Kelley Johnson (Bristol University), £425,000
2018: Economic and Social Research Council, Place-Making with Older People: Towards Age Friendly Communities', with Ryan Woolrych and Jenny Fisher, £798,593.
2019: Age UK Cheshire, Evaluation of Men in Sheds for Age UK Cheshire, with Jenny Fisher, £40,000. 
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Research group

I am a member of the iHuman Executive (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ihuman) and the School of Education's Critical Psychology and Education Cluster. 

Teaching interests

Rebecca has taught for over 20 years across undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology and the social sciences. She has supervised students in community, health and educational psychology. 

Professional activities
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Executive Editor, Community, Work and Families
Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Research in Psychology
Editorial Board member, Community, Work and Family
Editorial Board Member, Disability and the Global South
Member, Expert Reference Group from Poverty to Flourishing, British Psychological Society, 2020-
Member, Community Psychology Section Committee, British Psychological Society, 2015 -
Chair, Psychology of Women Section of British Psychological Society (2012-2015)