RESEARCH

Research

 

Background

The research I have done in these early couple of years has always been quite varied. The common theme weaving throughout however has been a focus on youth practice, with particular emphasis on exploring how specific practices (creativity) are worked on using particular mediums (bit of a focus on technology here). 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 Academia profile.  

On that variation though, I am currently working within the mental health sector, focusing on better understanding the lived experiences of those living with complex mental illness. Mental health has been a field of research that seems to consistently emerge through a lot of the work I have done. 

My current focus outside of a professional 'work' context, however, is on unpacking how young people, especially those young people with experiences of vulnerability, use music-making as a means of establishing themselves. Music, and the identification as a musician, acts as a profound and multi-layered process of continuous development of self.  There are quite real world applications for a lot of this work too, with the ever-evolving and precarious nature of work being a major determining factor of how young people use creative practice as a means of presenting to the world.

I recently graduated from my PhD which looked at this topic. 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. Have spent some time focusing on thematic analysis and narrative analysis.

  • I also have a great deal of experience transcribing interviews (I know how time consuming these can be!), as well as doing proof edits and structural edits.

So, if you're interested, contact details can be found via the 'CONTACT' tab above.