Image of Dr Julie WalshDr Julie Walsh

Lecturer in Sociology

BA (Hons) International English (Hull), MSc Applied Social Research (Hull), PhD Sociology, Anthropology & Gender Studies (Hull)

Room: Elmfield, B06f

Telephone: 0114 2222 6418 (external), 26418 (internal)


Julie grew up in Lancashire and was education at the University of Hull. After completing a BA in International English, she pursued her sociological interests and completed an MSc in Applied Social Research, specialising in qualitative methods and identity politics. Julie then went on to practice in youth work and community development, eventually specialising in the management of user-led provision, with a focus on developing services with communities that are seldom-heard and disadvantaged.

Julie completed her PhD in Hull in 2016, and joined the Department of Sociological Studies in Sheffield in the same year. She initially held a position as a temporary Lecturer in Sociology and went on to work on the international comparative study, examining Family Complexity in Social Work (FACSK) in eight different global contexts. In January 2017, she returned to the position of Lecturer in Sociology.


Julie’s research interests include family, migration, personal life, childhood and the influence of prevalent narratives on everyday life. Her doctoral study was concerned with transnational family making, culturally located perceptions of ‘the family’ and, in turn, if these perceptions impacted on connectivity between diverse communities. Julie’s doctoral study was ethnographic and qualitative in approach and she has a keen interest in the development of innovative research methods.

Julie’s interests also include the ways in which professionals work with those with whom they work and, in early 2017, she joined the Family Complexity and Social Work Project (FaCSK project funded by NORFACE) as a Research Associate. The project is an international comparative study and examines how social workers in different welfare contexts work with families with complex needs. Julie continues to work on this project and she is particularly interested in understanding how governance of the family as an institution intersects with policy related to migration, and how this is negotiated by social workers and other professionals.

Key themes include: Family, Everyday Sociology, Migration, Race & Ethnicity, Community.

Funding obtained:

Belonging in a post-Brexit vote Britain: researching race ethnicity and migration in a changing landscape. A one-day conference jointly funded by the British Sociological Association and Sheffield University’s Migration Network. Total amount £2000.


Julie is committed to delivering engaging, transformative, high-quality teaching and she currently teaches and supervises students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Julie’s teaching is closely linked to her research interests and she encourages students on her courses to develop critical reflection through carrying out small workshop and research activities.

Julie currently convenes the following undergraduate modules:

  • SCS1013 - Globalisation and World Cultures.
  • SCS2006 - Sociology of the Family.

She also convenes the following module at postgraduate level:

  • SCS643 - International Childhoods: Rights, Policies and Practices

Julie is also involved in the supervision of students taking extended essays and dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

See our undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree pages.

Postgraduate Supervision

Julie is interested in supervising PhD students in any of her research areas.

To find out more about our PhD programmes, go to: Studying for a PhD in Sociology.


Publications since 2005

Walsh, J. (2018) Considering belonging through ‘display’. In Frankel, S. and McNamee, S. (eds) Contexualising childhoods: Growing up in Europe and North America, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nygren, K., Walsh, J., Ellingson, I. S., and Christie, A (2018) "What about the fathers? The presence and absence of the father in social work practice in England, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden, Child & Family Social Work.

Walsh, J. and Mason, W. (2018) Walking the Walk: changing familial forms, government policy and social work practice, Social Policy and Society.

Walsh, J., White, S., Morris, K. and Doherty, P. (2018) How do you solve a problem like Maria: Family complexity and institutional complications in UK Social Work. European Journal of Social Work.

Walsh, J. (2018) Migrant Family Display: A strategy for achieving recognition and validation in the host country, Sociological Research Online.

Walsh, J. (2015) Displaying Across Borders: The Role of Family Display in Maintaining Transnational Intergenerational Relations, pp. 340 – 358. In Juozeliuniene, I. & Seymour, J. (eds.) (2015) Family Change in Times of the De-bordering of Europe and Global Mobility: Resources, Processes and Practices, Vilnius: Vilnius University Press.

Seymour, J. and Walsh, J. (2013) Displaying Families, Migrant Families and Community Connectedness: The Application of an Emerging Concept in Family Life, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44 (6): 689 - 698.

Under review

Walsh, J., Khoo, E., and Nygren, K. (in review) Everyday Bordering’ in England, Sweden and Bulgaria: social work decision making processes when working with migrant family members, Migration Studies.

Walsh, J., Seymour, J. and MacNamee, S. (in review) Family Display, Family Type, or Community? Limitations in the application of a concept, Families Relationships and Societies.


Mason, W. and Walsh, J. (2018) Reproducing the Stereotypes: Family Complexity, Resource Scarcity and Social Work Decision Making, The Social Policy Blog

Walsh, J and Mason, W. (Guest Editors - themed section) (2018) Families, Social Work and the Welfare State: Where Contemporary ‘Family’ Meets Policy and Practice. Social Policy and Society. Vol. 17 (4)

Lewis, H., Kilkey, M., Walsh, J. and Ryan, L. (2017) 'Not one of you any longer': EU Nationals' Brexit uncertainty and mistust. Discover Society.

Walsh, J. (2015) Displaying Families: exploring the significance of 'display' in a city that is increasingly culturally diverse. Unpublished PhD Thesis. University of Hull.