Current Doctoral Candidates

Successfully Completed

Tom Witney tom.witney@open.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Peter Keogh, Professor Jacqui Gabb

My project examined the experiences of gay/bisexual men in serodiscordant relationships (where one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative) in an era in which antiretroviral treatments for HIV have been shown to substantially mitigate the risk of sexual HIV transmission. It used phenomenologically informed thematic analysis of individual and couple interview data to investigate participants’ experiences of serodiscordancy through the lenses of relationship intimacy and biomedicalisation.

 

Jade Levell jade.levell@open.ac.uk

Supervisors: Dr Rod Earle, Dr Johanna Motzkau, Dr Chris Kubiak

This research aimed to explore the narratives of male gang members who were exposed to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in childhood. A meta-analysis of international studies on the impact of exposure to domestic abuse identified a range of behavioural, cognitive, social and emotional impacts across all of the relevant research (Wolfe et al. 2003). Witnessing domestic abuse at home is a risk factor for later gang membership (Centre for Social Justice 2009; Home Office 2011) and there have been reports by professionals of a high prevalence of gang members who have been exposed to DVA. Despite there being a clear overlap between the two issues or ‘planets’ (Hester 2011) of domestic violence services and gang outreach services there is little professional contact between the two for ‘child survivors’ of abuse. By shining a light on this intersection this research aims to improve front-line work with these dual affected young people. Qualitative methods will be used to explore with gang members their perception of their experiences as well as to ascertain whether the dual experience of witnessing DVA and being gang-involved have affected and shaped their gender identity and performance. The explorations will be informed by a feminist, post-structuralist theoretical approach.

Ongoing Research

 

Rebecca Owens rebecca.owens@open.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Earle, Dr Liz Tilley and Dr Cliodna McNulty

“Know Your Bugs”: A collaborative evaluation of a programme designed to enable adults with learning disabilities to manage good health 

This study uses realist evaluation to understand the community health education experiences of adults with learning disabilities. The research involves observation of the learning context and semi-structured interviews with course participants to explore health knowledge and behaviour change in the short, medium and longer term.  Data are analysed iteratively according to the realist concept of context/mechanism/outcome configurations.  An outcome of this research will be a revised model that can guide effective community provision of a course such as this.