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Lucy Sheehan

Research student, School of Social Sciences

Research interests

My research interest is social care, though I am interested in interdisciplinary research and have used varied research methods including detailed microanalysis of in talk interaction, ethnographic and mobile methods more broadly, and participatory research methods. I value developing flexible methodological approaches to social research that can constructively engage with one another. 

Prior research includes a study of the interactional construction of poverty in social work home visits and I have a continued interest in such micro-practices. I also developed research with children and young people to qualitatively evaluate their impact on policy consultation with Welsh Government and continue to be interested in the possibilities of co-constructed research. My professional background is in social care, I have worked in the voluntary and statutory sector, most recently as a social worker in child protection and substance misuse services. Alongside my PhD, I work as a Research Associate at Cascade and contribute to teaching. 

Thesis

Knowledge and interactional possibilities across spaces of child protection practice

My PhD uses ethnographic and mobile methods to explore social work knowledge and work practices, and the interactional possibilities across spaces of practice. The social workers at my fieldwork sites plan to work with me to develop examples of promising practices emerging from a year of fieldwork with social workers, in family homes, meetings and court. 


Funding source

ESRC

2020