Social Work

  • Beth Stone

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Disability Research (ESRC +3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Homelessness

    My research focus is the lived experience of homeless adults with an autistic spectrum disorder.

    My PhD research will build upon my MSc in which I piloted narrative methods to elicit life stories from autistic adults who had experienced homelessness.

    I am particularly interested in the life trajectory of autism, the difficulties surrounding diagnosis in adulthood, and the socio-economic disadvantages associated with being ‘on the spectrum’.

    Research supervisors: Dr Sandra Dowling, Ailsa Cameron

    Professional memberships/Positions held: NAS

    Email: beth.stone@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-stone-9761065a/


  • Caroline Webb

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Social work supervision

    Research supervisors: Professor John Carpenter, Dr Demi Patsios

    Email: cw8930@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Maike Klein

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Living through Relapse: Recovery Narratives of Young Adults in the U.K. who have suffered from Multiple Relapses from Substance Misuse

    My PhD project seeks to investigate the lived experiences of young adults in the UK, who have suffered from multiple relapses during their recovery journey from substance misuse. By employing qualitative research methods, my project will investigate narratives of those who have relapsed two or more times during their recovery journey, and provide a better understanding of what constitutes relapse and recovery. In addition, my project will explore the similarities and differences between relapse narratives of service users and service providers, which will allow for recommendations within treatment practices and policy.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jeremy Dixon, Dr Tina Skinner

    Professional memberships/Positions held: I am an ESRC Student Representative and a Professional Member of the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA).

    Email: mk2073@bath.ac.uk


  • Mary Wakeham

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, Centre for Gender and Violence Research

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Violence and abuse in young LGBTQ+ relationships

    My research explores in detail young LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of violence and abuse in intimate partner relationships and how best to respond to this problem. A mixed methods approach to data collection is deployed in the form of a national survey, semi-structured interviews and focus groups to examine:

    • The nature and dynamics of violence and abuse in young LGBTQ+ intimate partner relationships and the wider cultural and social processes that underpin experiences of violence and abuse in these relationships
    • Young LGBTQ+ people’s attitudes to violence and abuse, the impact intimate partner violence has in their own relationships and the support needs of victims/survivors and perpetrators.
    • Young LGBTQ+ people’s views on effective intervention and prevention

    Research supervisors: Professor Marianne Hester, Dr Christine Barter

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Independent Domestic Violence Advisor with Twelves Company Cornwall JNC Qualified Youth Worker  

    Email: mary.wakeham.2015@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Mim Cartwright

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: An Exploration of Social Work Relationships, Roles and the Wellbeing of Children in Long-Term Care.

    Previous research has shown that the role of the social worker is important for children’s wellbeing in care. However, changes in government policy over the last 15 years have led to children, social workers, the government, and other professionals conceptualising the role in different ways. While good relationships between children and social workers are an integral part of helping children achieve wellbeing in care, research suggests this is difficult to achieve in practice. This research aims to use an ecological framework to explore the contemporary role of the social worker with children in long-term care.

    Research supervisors: Dr David Berridge , Dr Danielle Turney

    Professional memberships/Positions held: I am registered with the HCPC

    Email: mc6813@my.bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mimling75


  • Naomi Clarke

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Exploring the narratives, motivations and experiences of women engaging in an online sewalong: #fussycuttingsewalong

    My PhD seeks to explore the stories of women engaging in a digital-led sewalong, their experiences, their motivations, the meanings they ascribe both to the sewalong and to sewing more generally, and the role of social media in relation to these factors.

    Research supervisors: Dr Debbie Watson, Dr Helen Manchester

    Email: nc12824@my.bristol.ac.uk

    Website/Blog: https://naomialice.co.uk/


  • Rachel Wilder

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Policy making about sex and relationships education in primary schools in Bristol

    The aim of my research is to explore how decision makers negotiate what ‘knowledge’ contributes to sex and relationships education (SRE) policy for a selection of primary schools in Bristol. ‘Decision makers’ refers to governors, head teachers, SRE teachers, external consultants and others who contribute to decision-making about SRE. This will involve looking at what criteria decision makers, as individuals and as a potential collective, use to assign value to different kinds of information (including technical information, historical pathways, community values, personal attitudes, etc.) and how decision makers use these knowledge(s) to create a case and to negotiate with other decision makers to advance their political persuasion and preferences with regards to SRE policy.

    Research supervisors: Dr Debbie Watson, Dr Ailsa Cameron

    Email: Rachel.wilder@bristol.ac.uk


  • Sue Austin

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: September 2012

    Research topic: Post-Adoption Sibling Contact

    Sue is a PhD student and practising Social Worker.   Sue completed an MSc in Social Work Research at Bristol in 2015, before commencing her PhD studies.   Sue is in the second year of a part-time PhD, currently undertaking a literature review and preparing a methodology chapter for a qualitative study, aiming to explore the experiences of adults who have been separated from their siblings through adoption.

    Research supervisors: Julie Selwyn, Elaine Farmer

    Email: sue.austin@bristol.ac.uk


  • Thomas El-Hoss

    Social Work

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Street children - from victims and delinquents to rights holders? An in-depth study of an NGO in Hawassa, Ethiopia

    Research supervisors: Dr Louise Brown

    Email: teh28@bath.ac.uk