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A

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)

Niaz Ahmad

Foreign aid, poverty and development in Pakistan.

Professor Alan Walker

Sarah Akhtar Baz Exploring the Lived Experiences of South Asian Muslim Lone Mothers and the Role of South Asian Women's Organisations in their Lives. Dr Jo BrittonProfessor Sarah Neal
Nor Ardyanti Binti Ahmad The political economy of development: an examination of the Visionary Capability Movement or Gerakan Daya Wawasan (GDW) programme in Malaysia. Professor Alan WalkerProfessor Sarah Neal
Camille Allard To care and to work : The role of Carer leave in the UK.  
Fahad Rashid Saif Al Jahwari Exploring Evidence for Omani Graduates and Migrant Graduates Employment and Employability in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector in Oman. Professor Majella KilkeyProfessor Louise Ryan
Ahmed Ismeil M Alageili The Role of Self-help Groups in Overcoming Challenges Faced by Mothers of Autistic Children. Dr Robin SenProfessor Sue White
Nancy Ansah The impact of advocacy on policy formulation and implementation in Ghana: the case of reproductive health in Ghana. Dr Harriet Churchill
Mücahit Aydemir Transnational Family Relationships of Migrant Academics in Britain Professor Louise RyanProfessor Majella Kilkey

 B

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Amel Backour Investigating Women’s attitudes towards Algerian Social Media Influencers Professor Helen KennedyDr Ysabel Gerrard 
Natalie Claire Bennett Social connectedness and mental well-being in communities experiencing ethnic change. Professor Sarah SalwayDr Aneta Piekut
Ruth Beresford What are women's experiences of pornography? Professor Sarah Neal
Andrew Borwick Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Exploring and understanding social workers decision-making and practices with children identified as being at risk of CSE. Professor Sue White
Hyacinth Blake Family Care for Frail Older Persons in Trinidad: Implications for Social Policy Dr Lorna Warren

 C

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Ping Chen Internet surveillance in China: the online activism of the Chinese government Professor Clive Norris
Yu-Ning Chuang Construction of risk society: A corpus-based analysis of climate change, global warming, and air pollution in Taiwanese political talk shows Dr Warren Pearce
Ross Clark Collective belonging, ‘communities’ and identity construction in the post-industrial era Dr Jo Britton
Emily Coupland Understanding media audiences in the age of big data. Professor Helen Kennedy
Claire Cunnington Adults recovering from Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Salutogenic Approach Dr Tom Clark

 F

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Hannah May Fletcher The Brexit vote’s implications for dimensions of belonging among English-born white residents in a working-class neighbourhood in England Dr Jo BrittonProfessor Sarah Neal
Monika Elzbieta Fratczak Emotional responses to data and data visualization Professor Helen KennedyProfessor Sarah Neal

 G

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Christie Garner Giving voice to children in family-centred work: co-producing an evaluation framework for the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities parenting programme Professor Sarah Salway
Celso Garcia Ferreira Gomes The meaning and practice of translational research in biomedicine Professor Paul Martin

 H

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Lap Hin Fan The investigation of politics of social work under the current welfare policy in China and the negotiation of habitus and identity of social workers in China Professor Alan Walker

 J

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Xiufeng Jia The meaning of data for self-trackers and implications of the data on their self-tracking practices Dr Kate WeinerProfessor Helen Kennedy
Florence Jurua Joseph Exploration of the views of those involved in private fostering arrangements: The privately fostered children, their private foster carers and their birth parents Dr Robin Sen
Min-a Jung Ageing and work issues Professor Alan Walker

K

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Alex Kirby-Reynolds Brexit and the (Il)liberal Colonisation of Time: Structures of Feeling and Actually Existing Democracy Dr Hannah Lewis, Dr Simon Popple

 L

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Jessica Langston Social Workers' experiences of the 26 week time restriction on care proceedings  
Ming Fung Leung Activation programmes as social policy in Hong Kong Dr Liam Foster
Jiaxun Li Mediated self-representation on social media platforms Professor Helen KennedyDr Katherine Davies
August Lindemer A new climate of public reason: impact and trust in science communication Dr Warren Pearce
Ka Man Lo Family and lone mothers in Hong Kong Professor Alan Walker

 M

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Lee Marsden Mass media attacks upon vulnerable groups Dr Matthias Benzer
Maev McDaid An ethnographic study of the needs and experiences of older Irish migrants in England Dr Lorna Warren
Abdul Rahim Mohammed Social policy for development in Ghana: Mainstreaming child-sensitive social protection programmes to keep children in school and out of work during fiscal austerity Professor Majella Kilkey
Lydia Moyo School Exclusion Policies and Approaches: A qualitative study of the experiences and perspectives of professionals, young people and their parents across school settings Dr Harriet Churchill

 N

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Pornthip Netiparatanakul Care, dementia, ageing Dr Lorna Warren
Panrat Nimtaloung Sharing of family for abandoned children as an alternative care in Thailand's contexts Dr Robin Sen
Bethany Nutbrown You’re the real MVP. Understanding community in League of Legends, On and Off The Rift. Dr Tom ClarkDr Lorna Warren

 O

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Tawodzera Obert The role of new technologies in mediating long distance aged care between UK based migrants and their overseas family members Professor Majella KilkeyProfessor Louise Ryan
Ore-Ofe Oladiran An assessment of factors affecting the transitioning from early childhood through adolescence to adulthood in people living with sickle cell disease Dr Kate WeinerProfessor Paul Martin
Kwaku Gyening Owusu Emigration and the diaspora in Africa’s contemporary welfare development: a critical examination Professor Majella Kilkey

 P

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Lulu Pinney Acquiring data visualisation literacy Professor Helen Kennedy

 R

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Natalie Richardson Witnessing Suffering: A sociological exploration of how suffering is managed in professional lives Professor Kate ReedDr Matthias Benzer

 S

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare Citizens' perceptions and attitudes towards conditional cash transfers in Nigeria Professor Alan Walker
Chris Schimkowsky Friendly but pervasive: Non-assertive control mechanisms and the maintenance of social order in Tokyo Dr Alex DennisDr Jamie CoatesProfessor Clive Norris
Permala Sehmar Exploring Family Practices in the context of Domestic Violence and Abuse and State Responses. Dr Robin SenProfessor Kate Morris
Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare Citizens' perceptions and attitudes towards conditional cash transfers in Nigeria. Professor Alan Walker

 T

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Nobuko Terai Childrens' childhoods in Japanese schooling Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
Rhiannon Topham The experiences of gender and empathy in online dating practices Dr Katherine Davies, Professor Sarah Neal

 W

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Zhelu Wang Reimaging and Revaluating the U.K. and Brexit: A Comparative Analysis on Chinese Social Media Professor Helen KennedyDr Stefania Vicari
Louise Whitehead The role of co-production in combating social isolation and loneliness in later life: a case study of the Time to Shine project Dr Andrea Wigfield
Joseph Wong A Preliminary Study of the Underemployment Experience of Older Workers Professor Alan Walker
Liam Mark Wrigley An investigation of NEET young people’s social capital networks Professor Louise RyanDr Andrea Wigfield
Natalie Wotherspoon How people with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) experience their diagnosis Professor Kate Reed
Yunrui Wu From trainees to trainers: digital labour in a Chinese online fitness company Professor Helen KennedyDr Matthias Benzer

X

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Guanyi Xu Roommate relationships in Chinese university dormitories: students’ life experience and perception Dr Katherine Davies, Professor Sarah Neal

 Y

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Zheng Yang Citizen Scientists, Boundary-work and Scientific Authority, Struggle for Discourse Authority between Scientists and the Public in New Media Environment of China Dr Stefania Vicari

Z

Name Scope of research Primary supervisor(s)
Noor Zainol Abidin The Roles of National and Local Policy and Practices to Support the Commercialization of Biotechnology In Malaysia. Professor Paul Martin

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