Doctoral researcher, School of Social Policy
School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
Year started: 2009
F/T or P/T: Full time
Supervisor(s): Nathan Hughes and Sue White (Professor Cathy Humphreys at the University of Melbourne during 2011)
'An England/Victoria comparative study of the transition biographies of young foster care leavers'
MA Social Research (Social Policy)
BA (Hons) Social Policy
Access to Social Sciences and Social Work
Background and professional experience
Caroline started studying as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham in 2005 and this culminated in being awarded a Scholarship in 2009 to study towards a PhD.
Seminar tutor on 'Introduction to Social Policy'
Personal tutor to undergraduates on Social Policy programme
Seminar tutor for MA Social Work (at the University of Melbourne)
My PhD explores young peoples' experiences of foster care transitions across England and Victoria as narrated in their life stories. Caroline is interested in exploring how the social policy contexts and wider discourses concerning 'at risk' youth and transitional support relate to these experiences and so shape young peoples' transition pathways.
Cresswell, C (2011), 'Methodological challenges in exploring the biographical 'voice' in comparative social policy research', Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 6-8 July.
Cresswell, C (2011), 'Engaging in sensory ethnographic approaches with young foster care leavers in supporting their life stories', Association for Qualitative Reserach Conference, Cairns, 23-25 August.
Caroline is a member of the Families, Policy and Professional Practice Research Group in the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS)