Dr Victoria Whitaker

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

Research Associate

+44 114 222 2073

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Dr Victoria Whitaker
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Room C15
Barber House
S10 2HQ

I completed my PhD in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Penny Curtis and Dr Hannah Fairbrother. My thesis explored children’s, mothers’ and fathers’ experiences and understandings of fathers and fathering in everyday life, and proposes a novel, multi-perspective concept of relational closeness between fathers and children.

Since 2017 I have worked as a research associate in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I first worked as the lead qualitative researcher on an evaluation of the pilot for the new model of midwifery supervision, prior to the dissolution of the statutory model. This evaluation has subsequently informed the national roll-out of the ‘Professional Midwifery Advocate’ model and education programme.

My current role is as a qualitative researcher on the mixed-methods ‘Youth Drinking in Decline’ project. This Wellcome Trust funded project is a joint endeavour between the University’s Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (CSCY) and the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) and explores the nature of and drivers for recent declines in youth drinking.

Research interests

I have a broad interest in the sociology of childhood and youth, the health and wellbeing of young people and families, youth culture and in intergenerational relationships. I am a qualitative researcher and employ creative, participatory methods to promote the active involvement of children and families in research.

Current Project

My current role is primarily focused on exploring potential explanations for the decline in youth drinking and examining the changing role of alcohol within youth culture over time.


Journal articles

Book reviews


Theses / Dissertations

  • Earley V (2017) Fathers in Everyday Family Life : Qualitative Case Studies of Ten Families.. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

My teaching interests centre on the sociology of childhood, family and health, research methods, and applied healthcare ethics.

I have taught on and led a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate unit and have been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I am interested in supervising students in my research areas and would welcome students contacting me.