Qualitative Research Advisor, Research Support Unit
My general research expertise is in cultural and social research of a qualitative nature. My PhD was focused on Catalan ethnic identity in Spain, exploring contexts of resistance, change and contestation across topics including politics, language, cultural performance, space, nationalism and independence, history and memory, government policies. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Spain using participant observation, interviews and archival data. Previous research work has also been qualitative, using a range of approaches including focus groups, art-based methods, photography and narrative, and interviews, with a variety of participants including high school students, teachers, university students, Indigenous leaders, and members of community groups. Projects have included an Indigenous community group history, Indigenous art-based project design and assessment for high school students, and outdoor learning spaces on university campuses.
I am generally interested in the complex and shifting factors that influence identity construction, social well-being, and government policy. I have been developing a qualitative research approach for the Farming 4 Care project, especially in regards to utilising and modifying an arts-based method called body-mapping to use in focus groups with students. I am also working on a concept analysis of institutional racism.
Published 21st March 2017
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