Community consultant

Sue CohenSue Cohen

Sue is co-investigator on Productive Margins with a particular focus on community. She is also chair of the People’s Health Trust and on the management committee of the Women’s Budget Group.

Previously CEO of Single Parent Action Network for 20 plus years, Sue has been involved in grassroots participatory action and research at a local, national and EU level.

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Bristol University

tim-coleTim Cole – Co-Investigator

Tim is interested in historical landscapes, with a particular focus on Holocaust landscape. His research on the Holocaust includes examining the implementation of the Holocaust in Hungary, particularly the spatiality of ghettoization and social histories of the Holocaust.

He is also interested in contemporary representations of the Holocaust, especially within memorial and museum space. Tim is the director of the Brigstow Institute.

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no-photoMarilyn Howard – Researcher

Marilyn has research and policy experience across subjects such as poverty, social security and welfare reform, equalities, policy development and evaluation. She is also interested in group work and other methods of promoting participation. .

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Aleks LewikiAleksandra Lewicki – Researcher

Aleksandra’s work is concerned with the comparative study of discourses and practices of democratic citizenship in Europe.

She is specifically interested in structural inequalities in relation to:

  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • religion

Other interests include:

  • institutional discrimination
  • legal approaches to equality
  • Islam in Europe
  • 8A migration
  • health and social care for older people
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Helen ManchesterHelen Manchester – Academic Lead

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Educational and Social Futures.

A large part of her research involves exploring the co-design of cutting edge creative digital technologies for groups, young and old, who might generally feel themselves to be excluded from the digital environment.

She is currently working on a variety of projects around the theme of urban/civic learning and smart technologies,  collaborating with artists, technologists, community organisations and policy-makers.

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morag-mcdermontProfessor Morag McDermont – Programme Lead

Morag’s research interests are focused around issues of regulation and governing, in particular the role played by the third sector/voluntary sector. She has an interest in the role of social theory in research and teaching, particularly the work of Michel Foucault and the governmentality scholars, and the work of Callon, Latour and others around the sociology of translation.

All her research now aims to be a collaboration between academics and non-academics, recognising the importance of practitioner knowledge and expertise-by-experience in designing future research directions.

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Naomi MillnerNaomi Millner – Academic Lead

Naomi’s current work can be divided into two main strands:

  • cultural-historical geography, which focuses on archival material of environmental movements of the past
  • political-economic geography, which analyses environmental movements and claims in the present
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ruth-naughton-doeRuth Naughton-Doe

Ruth Naughton-Doe recently completed her PhD in Social Work Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Her thesis title was What can timebanking contribute to the co-production of preventive social care? An evaluation of timebanking in England. She has also completed research projects on timebanking in New Zealand, and worked with Timebanking UK to develop evaluation systems.

Ruth’s primary research interests are the co-production of research, peer research and community-based/preventive social care.

Therese O'TooleTherese O’Toole – Academic Lead

Therese is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. Her research interests are in the fields of ethnicity, governance, political activism and social movements.

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angela-picciniAngela Piccini – Co-Investigator

Angela Piccini is Reader in Screen Media at University of Bristol. Her writing, teaching and practice focus on the moving image and its intersections with place, space and materiality. She has a particular interest in archaeology on and of screen media, including factual television, the circulation of heritage on urban screens and archival film as archaeological record.

Publications include the co-edited Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World (2013, OUP) and an article in the journal, Public, on media archaeology and the Olympics.

On Productive Margins, she’s on the Management Team, with responsibility for arts and humanities research activities. She was recently a co-investigator on the Know your Bristol on the move project.

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ros-sutherlandRos Sutherland – Co-Investigator

Rosamund Sutherland is professor of Education at the University of Bristol. She was head of the Graduate School of Education from 2003 until 2006, and chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK from 2006 until 2009.

She teaches on the MSc in Education, Technology and Society and the EdD in Leading Educational Change in Organisational Settings.

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helen-thomasHelen Thomas-Hughes – Researcher

Helen is a Senior Research Associate with University of Bristol Law School.

Since 2013, she has co-taught Research Ethics on the Law School’s MSc Socio-Legal Studies programme, and is Senior Teaching Associate in Community Engagement within the Department of English. She is also a methodological consultant on the School for Policy Studies ESRC/AHRC Gender Based Violence and Displacement Project.

Within Productive Margins, Helen leads a research strand on community researchers and community researcher training.  community settings.

Helen sits on the National Parenting Programme Developers’ Group (PPDG), and is an associate editor of the NCCPE’s Journal Research for All.

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Debbie WatsonDebbie Watson – Academic Lead

Debbie took up her position as Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the School in August 2007. She is currently a Reader in Childhood Studies and Director for the MPhil/ PhD Research Programmes in the School.

In particular, her interests have been in the sociology of childhood and in the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

She is interested in research with children and young people, and has interests in creative and arts based research methods with children.

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Kitty WebsterKitty Webster

Kitty is a researcher and writer based in Bristol, with a background working in alternative media and community organisations. Her key research interests include structural inequalities in terms of food access, and the privatisation of public space.

She is also interested in oral history as a form for amplifying the voices of those in society that are often unheard, and has previously worked on community heritage projects about social housing in London and women’s refuges.

Outside of work she is active in various campaign groups, volunteers as a welfare adviser at a local advice centre and also sits on the board of Red Pepper magazine.

Cardiff University

dicks-iiBella Dicks – Academic

Bella is Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University and is involved with the Life Chances project.

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eva-elliottEva Elliott – Academic Lead

Eva currently leads a research theme within the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics entitled The Determinants of Health and Regeneration in CISHE.

Much of the research in this theme draws on the experiences communities such as in Wales, where local expressions of global economic developments, such as the decline of the mining and steel industries, are associated with very poor health.

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martin-innesMartin Innes – Co-Investigator

Martin is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on policing and social control, and is an expert on:

  • community policing
  • police murder investigations
  • the police role in counter-terrorism

He has published two books and over fifty scholarly articles and papers. In addition, he is an occasional contributor to Prospect Magazine and the Guardian Newspaper.

Since 2004 he has been Editor of the journal Policing and Society published by Routledge.

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gabrielle-ivinsonGabrielle Ivinson – Co-Investigator

Gabrielle is a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and a social and developmental psychologist who studies gender, education and poverty.

Her research explores how place and specifically post-industrial places influence children’s and young people’s educational achievement and aspirations.

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emma-renoldEmma Renold – Co-Investigator

Emma is Professor in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, and the author of:

  • Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (Routledge 2005)
  • Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture (Palgrave 2015)

Working with feminist, queer and post-humanist approaches her research explores gendered and sexual subjectivities across diverse institutional sites and public spaces across the young life course (2013-18).

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Gareth ThomasGareth Thomas – Researcher

Gareth’s research interests lie broadly across the fields of:

  • medical encounters
  • stigma
  • genetics and the family
  • health technologies
  • interaction
  • community
  • disability

On Productive Margins he worked collaboratively with academics, artists, and community organisers/members to map young peoples’ experiences of health and wellbeing, regulation, and place.

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