Cardiff
National Centre for Research Methods
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Professor Geoffrey Walford

Geoffrey Walford is Professor of Education Policy and a Fellow of Green College at the University of Oxford. He was previously Reader in Education Policy at Oxford, and Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Education Policy at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham. Within the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford, he is Director of Graduate Studies (Higher Degrees). He is Editor of the Oxford Review of Education.

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Dr Fiona Wood

Dr Fiona Wood is a lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Cardiff University. She is a medical sociologist with considerable experience in health services research. Her current research interests include lay and professional views of antibiotic prescribing, health beliefs and behaviours, and patients' experiences of chronic disease. She also teaches qualitative research methods to medical undergraduates. She has previously worked in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and the Department of Public Health Medicine in Gwent Health Authority.

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Dr William Housley

Dr William Housley is a lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. His teaching interests include Qualitative methods, Contemporary social and cultural theory, Discourse analysis, Interaction, identity and organisations. He is the co-editor of the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences Working Papers and a member of Centre for the Study of Knowledge in Practice (SKIP). His current research interests include Interaction, organisations and institutions, Social theory and qualitative enquiry and Identity and the sociology of culture.

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Professor Jenny Kitzinger

Jenny Kitzinger is Professor of Media and Communication Research at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. She specialises in research into the media coverage and audience reception of social, health and scientific issues. She has also written extensively about sexual violence. Her most recent book, 'Framing Abuse: media influence and public understanding of sexual violence against children' examines ways of tracking and theorising media influence (Pluto Press, 2004). Jenny is also co-editor of 'Developing Focus Group Research: politics, theory and practice (Sage, 1999) and co-author of: 'The Mass Media and Power in Modern Britain' (1997); 'Great Expectations' (1998) and 'The Circuit of Mass Communication in the AIDS crisis' (1999).

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Dr Tom Hall

Tom Hall is a lecturer in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. His background and training are in anthropology, and his work on youth, homelessness and public space is informed by a commitment to ethnographic enquiry. He is currently leading an ESRC funded study into the relationships between youth transitions, community transformation and local landscape, alongside which he is engaged in ethnographic work with Cardiff's city centre homeless.

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Professor Srikant Sarangi

Srikant Sarangi is a Professor in Language and Communication within the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. He has held teaching and research posts in India, National University of Singapore and Ealing College of Higher Education, London. Currently, he is director of the Health Communication Research Centre.

Professor Sarangi's research interest include discourse analysis and applied linguistics; Language and identity in public life; institutional and professional discourse (e.g., health, social welfare, bureaucracy, education etc.); quality of life and risk communication in genetic counselling, HIV/AIDS, telemedicine, general practice and palliative care; intercultural pragmatics; racism and ethnicity in multicultural societies.

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Professor Martyn Hammersley

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at the Open University. Much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social research. His most recent books are: Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 2000); and Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002).

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Professor Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts is a Professor in Biographical and Community Research at the University of Glamorgan, UK. He is Vice-President, Biography and Society RC38, ISA and a Board Member, Biographical Perspectives on European Societies RN, ESA and on the editorial boards of Qualitative Sociology Review, Auto/Biography and Family and Community History journals. His publications include Policing the Crisis (1978); Biographical Research (2002); Micro-Social Theory (2006); and The Researcher's Experience of Research (2006/7, SAGE forthcoming). His research interests include: narrative and life history; time and memory; and communal studies. He is currently writing a book on communal change in a former mining valley in South Wales and developing projects on: 'Composing Sexual Stories' and 'Migration and new identities in South Wales'. He has been a visiting researcher/lecturer in Denmark, Sweden and Poland.

Dr Kate Stewart

Dr Stewart is Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences in the Dental Public Health Unit, and has a background in medical sociology and social science research methods.

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Dr Michael Arribas-Ayllon

Dr Michael Arribas-Ayllon is Research Associate at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (CESAGen). His background and training are in social psychology, discourse analysis and critical social theory. His work on welfare reform draws on an analysis of political power and its relation to subjectivity and experience. He is currently working on the CESAGen Flagship Project 'Genomics, Health and Identity' which investigates the ethical, moral and practical consequences of genetically testing minors.

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Dr Karen Henwood

 

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Dr Lesley Pugsley

 

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Professor Michael Bloor

 

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Dr Gabrielle Ivinson

Gabrielle Ivinson is a social and developmental psychologist in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Her areas of interest are: cognition and culture; schooling, knowledge and pedagogy and gender and education. She works across the boundaries of sociology and psychology and draws on socio-cultural theory and social representation theory. A socio-cultural approach to learning recognises that what students learn in classrooms can not be divorced from experiences in out-of-school contexts such as the home, local community and clubs. In order to understand why some students become and some do not become central participant in school activities and become committed to them there is a need to contextualise experiences of schooling within wider community and societal arenas. She uses multiple research methods including classroom observations including video and audio recording, interviews and focus group work. Her approach is ethnographic although she frequently designs specific research instruments to further investigate issues that arise in the field. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis and frequently works with both. She has particular expertise in investigating children’s understandings. Her doctoral thesis The Construction of the Curriculum investigated elements of the curriculum as social representations. Latterly she has been studying how students in secondary schools construct subject knowledge with an emphasis on social gender identity. She is writing a book called Working with Gender that focuses on secondary students’ understandings of curriculum subjects such as Science, English, Drama and Design and Technology. She is keen to develop the work on students’ understandings of knowledge by exploring physical activities such as PE lessons and out-of-school sporting events. She has also written about art and national identity in post devolution Wales.

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Professor Andrew Sparkes

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Professor Gary Alan Fine

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Professor Greg Dimitriadis

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Dr Brett Lashua

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Professor Lindsay Prior

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