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/


  • Beverley Samways

    Social Work

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

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Psychological and emotional factors relating to self-injury for young people with complex needs

    Research supervisors: Prof. Pauline Heslop

    Email: bs17787@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Gitau Gakuo

    Social Work

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

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Safeguarding: Personal or Political?

    My study seeks to investigate the risk perceptions of safeguarding practitioners that influences their decision making in order to fulfil the legal obligations placed on them by the inception of the Care Act 2014.  The Act stipulates that these decision-making processes be as collaborative as possible with the adults deemed to be at risk of abuse.  Utilising critical interpretive synthesis to explore the debates surrounding the introduction of the legal obligation in the Care Act 2014, the study will also seek to explore the views of service users who have been involved in safeguarding investigations.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jeremy Dixon, Professor Judy Laing

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Registered Social Worker.

    Email: gg505@bath.ac.uk


  • Maike Klein

    Social Work, Student Rep

    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


  • 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/


  • 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


  • Yu-Ching Liu

    Social Work

    Social Work +3
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2021

    Research topic: Quality of life in family caregivers of individuals with schizophrenia

    My research seeks to explore the experience of caring of family caregivers, who have been caring for family member with schizophrenia. A sequential explanatory mixed-method study combining quantitative and qualitative research methods will be employed in the project. The correlation between carers’ perceptive burden, family functioning, social and professional support will be examined via quantitative methods. Additionally, an in-depth interview will be employed to explore carers’ attitudes towards long-term care services and their views on whether support services contribute to their ability to meet their caring responsibilities.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jeremy Dixon , Dr Demi Patsios , Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos

    Email: ycl202@bath.ac.uk