Research

Background

The research I have done in these early couple of years has been quite varied. The common theme weaving throughout however has been a focus on youth practice, and the ways in which young people use culture to articulate self, either through consumption, or via creative making. Ultimately, from an Honours degree in Sociology to a recent PhD in Cultural Studies (more on the project below), my work continues to evolve, with aspects of various fields of scholarship tacking on for the ride. You can read some of my work over on my Google Scholar profile.  

In addition to that particular focus, I’ve also worked in mental health research, specialising in using qualitative methodologies to illuminate the on-the-ground experiences of policy-makers, health care professionals, and those with lived experience of mental illness, from mild to severe.

PhD.

My doctoral research unpacked how young musicians use music-making to navigate and tell of stories of personal vulnerability. Music, and the identification as a musician, acts as a profound and multi-layered process of continuous development of self and resilience.  There are quite real world applications for a lot of this work too – the work found that technology plays a continual mediating role across each stage of a young musician’s music-making process. The ever-evolving and precarious nature of work was also found to be a major determining factor as to how young people use creative practice as a means of presenting to the world.

You can have a read of the thesis here.

Skills

So after reading all that, maybe you’re interested in finding out more, or even seeing whether I’d be keen on getting involved in your project.  Please note that my experience lies in qualitative work that employs a sociological perspective.

The areas I’ve tended to focus on in the past are below:

  • Development of strong, innovative qualitative methodologies
  • Utilising a ‘version of friendship’ as a mode of ethnography – using aspects of friendship in order to develop strong relationships with research participants
  • An approach to qualitative data analysis that is both rigorous and innovative. Areas of focus have included thematic analysis and narrative analysis
  • Transcriptions skills that ensure the finished transcript is readable and flows. I know how time consuming these can be, so I ensure your transcriptions are readable and easy to follow
  • Proof and structural edits for academic work

So, if you’re interested, contact details can be found via the ‘Contact’ tab above. 

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