Dr Victoria Whitaker
Victoria Whitaker

Research Associate

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
C15, Barber House
387 Glossop Road
Sheffield S10 2HQ

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2073

Email: v.whitaker@sheffield.ac.uk


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. I am now employed as a qualitative research associate on the mixed-methods ‘Youth Drinking in Decline’ project. This 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). It is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Research Interests

I have a broad interest in the sociology of childhood and youth, the health and wellbeing of children and young people, youth culture and on 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