SMI Boosts Qualitative Team

The Sheffield Methods Institute has appointed two new members of staff to bolster its growing qualitative methods team.

Dr Will Mason and Dr Lucy Jackson, are joining the existing research methods experts in the SMI to deliver the BA Applied Social Sciences, and the qualitative methods strands of the MA Social Research alongside Dr Tom Clark and SMI Director of Research Professor Tim May.

Will previously worked at the department of Sociological Studies as a University Teacher and a postdoctoral researcher on a high profile Nuffield Foundation funded Child Welfare Inequalities Project - comparative UK study using mixed methods to identify and explain unequal rates of child welfare interventions, revealing strong relationships between area level deprivation and families’ chances of engagement with child protection services.

Lucy, a human geographer, gained her PhD at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, after defending her thesis ‘Alternative sites of citizenship: emotions, performance and belonging for female migrants’. She previously worked at the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in Human Geography and her research aims to re-address questions of ‘the social’, not just in terms of social justice, but in terms of socio-spatial politics and the performative politics of everyday life within different societies.

SMI Director, Professor Andrew Dickerson said: “Having Lucy and Will join the team is very exciting and will contribute immensely to dynamic skill set we have at the SMI. Their individual research interests will also broaden our already wide-ranging research field and showcases their qualitative expertise to our student community.”