PhD doctoral researchers

The contribution of our research students is integral to the academic and community life of the School of Social Policy.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, some straight from undergraduate degrees, others having worked in social and health care, education, youth work, criminal justice, community work, faith-based organisations, national and local government and the voluntary sector. The School also has a tradition of hosting visiting international research students from the USA and Eastern Europe, as well as an established tradition of supervising research students with a range of disabilities, who are also service users.

Department of Social Work and Social Care 

Meanaz Akhtar
Photonarratives - third generation South Asian women as care givers 

Naheed Akhtar
The criminalization of Islam: An examination of the UK's anti-terrorism laws post 9-11

Nasrin Akhtar
Third-sector research  

Tarfa Aldoweekh
Social work

Safina Bi
Child Sexual Exploitation - hearing the voice of the child

Tracey Davanna 
Attitudes and Identities of Muslim Ex-Prisoners

Anne-Marie Glover
Making sense of relationships within "Step Up", a partnership-based approach to social work education  

Caroline Greenhalgh
‘Seeing is believing’  How do High Net Worth Individuals utilise evidence to inform their philanthropy? 

Jeewan Kala Gurung
Social Worker's use of authority in the Child Protection Process 

Simon Haworth
Social Work & Social Harm

Rianne Houghton
Resituating `the domestic': Why spatial relationships matter in cases of male-to-female violence  

Mohammed Hussain
Adult Social Care - NIHR School for Social Care Research PhD  Scholarship  

Marianthi Kourti
How do autistic people form a gender identity?

Gemma Mallett
Compassion Fatigue in Foster Carers

Nicola Plummer
Understanding individual systems to facilitate multi agency working 

Emma Reith Hall
The development of student social workers' communication skills 

Carlette Norwood Ritter
A Comparative Study: What are the similarities and differences in which black American women and black British  women experience racism? 

Emma Sithole
Hope and recovery in mental health

Valerie Sylvester
Intergenerational experiences of migration and settlement: African Caribbean women, UK and US perspectives  

Emma Taylor
Youth social action: Access and inclusion

Sian Thomas
Sexual Violence and Access to Justice in the Refugee Journey  

Mark Tompkins 
Older people and carers' experiences of 'Hospital-at-home'

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Bimo Arianto 
Understanding the social security coverage gap in Indonesia exploring the attitudes of employers and workers towards occupational social security 

Amer Azlan
Financial planning in Malaysia

Allaa Barri
Refugees? integration policies in the EU: A Design Thinking approach.

Chalisa Chintrakarn
The motivations of young Thai women for undergoing cosmetic surgery

Bircan Ciytak
Negotiating belonging across generations – The case of 3rd Turkish heritage in Germany

Veronika Fajth
The structure of migrant integration in Europe: Overview across time, groups, and geographies

Ana França-Ferreira
What difference does civil society make? Exploring relationships between social integration and associational life in the context of ethnic and religious diversity

Abby Gilsenan
Beyond ‘Good Catholic Girls’: Exploring the Role of Statutory RSE in Young Women’s Constructions of Sexual Agency in Catholic Schools

Christopher Haycock 
The effect of “Culture Shock” on new U.K higher education students and the associated impact on student completion and attainment.

Hanna Head
Reducing Drug Policy Harms Through Police-Led Reform - ESRCD TP Collaborative Studentship 

Simone Helleren
What counts? An exploration of engagement with six young people escaping homelessness

Rachel Hu
Female Chinese Immigrant Transnational Entrepreneurs in UK 

Resya Kania
Comparative Analysis of Financial Inclusion Policy in Britain and Indonesia

Jasim Khan 
Crime and Social Harm

Koreana Ko
(Re)defining home through plans and decisions for life after retirement and old age: the case of ethnic Korean immigrants over the age of 50 in the South of England? 

Zahira Latif
Apna Khar Boha Bano (make your own home): An exploration of Pakistani Mirpuri Muslim women, domestic violence and home  

Sedouh LeGrand
Exploring UK Congolese communities' perceptions of youth crime and youth justice in Britain and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the prospects for the development of restorative justice in the DRC

Yaqi Li
Urban single women in mainland China: A social critique

Ellie Munro
Continuity, adaptation and change within the local voluntary sector field in Birmingham, 1965-2015

Nobuko Nagai
Analysing urban citizenship through migrant integration: a comparative study on city-level integration strategies in Birmingham, UK and Osaka, Japan

Tom McNeil
The cost of crime and deliberative democracy: a persuasive frame for developmental crime prevention in an age of austerity

Muznah Madeeha
Social Theory and Social Transformation

Natasha Nicholls
Critical humanitarianism and the Community Sponsorship Programme 

Ozlem Ogtem-Young
An Examination of Belonging of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking  Young People in the UK  

Lukano Omunson
Exploring the Key Factors Influencing the Decision for Assisted Voluntary Returns of Failed asylum Seekers and Illegal Migrants in the UK 

Roberto Ozman
Achieving fostering success: a qualitative enquiry into the experiences of unaccompanied children in care  

Ji Won Park
Social enterprises

Emma Partlow
Reasonable or unreasonable adjustments for working bodies? The experience of work as a disabled person in Britain

Sandra Pertek
The role of religion in forced migrant experiences of sexual and gender-based violence

Danielle Roe
TRANScend; Gender Diversity and Online LGBTQ+ Homonormativity 

Peter Shanks
Housing association corporate governance

Christopher Smith
Moral economy and the NHS: service reconfiguration and the normative dimension of NHS organisations  

Kristina Stoewe
Refugee entrepreneurship and integration: A comparative study of entrepreneurial refugees in German and British cities.

Sarah Turner
Changing Gender Roles

Katrina Waters
Desire and dissent – An analysis of women’s pro-active engagement in a sexualised culture and its potential to challenge the erosion of women’s sexual rights in the UK

Paladia Ziss
Safe in exile? How and to what effect do urban refugees and  citizens in Turkey understand, experience and negotiate  safety, security and stability? 

Health Services Management Centre

Duncan Alexander
Mind the gap - PPPs, boundary spanners and the boundary distance wall  

Alexander Alich 
Shamanism, Safety & Risk: an ethnography of emerging shamanic practice and culture

Garry Cooper-Stanton
Narrative Inquiry of the experiences of male patients diagnosed with lymphoedema.

Stevie Creese
Health Services Management

Deborah Davidson
Can a national leadership development programme bring about systemic change in the NHS?  

Neil Hampson
What effect do the values and principles of co-operative organisations have when operating in the care sector?

Jennifer Knights
Realising leadership potential in the NHS Business and Administration workforce 

Margrieta Langins
Governance of the workforce to strengthen integrated health services delivery  

Editor Musekiwa
The Impact of Personalised Health Budgets: an in-depth longitudinal case study with home care adult patients with complex healthcare needs

Oluwadara Olowe
Employees Engagement in Developing Interventions Against Absenteeism in the NHS

Anthony Stem
Health policy shopping in the UK: a qualitative exploration of the US nexus  

Julie Werrett
A prospective service evaluation of an LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre