Susanne & Rebecca to lead qualitative research training

Susanne Langer and Rebecca Lawthom have been invited to teach a new workshop on Supervising Qualitative Student Projects at the annual Summer School on Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research. Organised by Professors Evanthia Lyons and Adrian Coyle, the Summer School is now in its third year and runs from July 17th until July 20th 2017 at Kingston University, London. It offers a valuable opportunity for both novice and more experienced researchers to develop and extend their qualitative research knowledge and skills in practical, hands-on ways.

At the heart of the Summer School is a range of day-long, expert-led workshops that cover the whole span of the research process from design through to writing up. Workshop content includes

approaches to qualitative data generation (individual interviewing, focus group interviews, and using social media data))

  • approaches to qualitative analysis (thematic analysis, IPA, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, and computer-assisted qualitative analysis – NVivo)
  • building new knowledge from qualitative research literature (doing ‘qualitative meta-synthesis’)
  • research with particular groups (researching with vulnerable groups and with children)
  • research in applied settings (doing qualitative evaluation studies)
  • writing up qualitative research for dissertations, reports and publications
  • supervising qualitative student research projects

Further information on the Summer School on ‘Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research’ can be found here:

Men in Sheds – project evaluation for Age UK Cheshire

Jenny Fisher and Rebecca Lawthom from this research group have recently won a tender to evaluate the Men in Sheds project for Age UK Cheshire. They will be working with Gill Yeowell, Sandra Hartley and Emma-Reeta Koivunen to look at the impact of the Men in Sheds project on the health and wellbeing of the men who attend, their families and the impact on the wider community. Generally, the evaluation focuses on what works, for whom, why and when.

The team is interdisciplinary and from across the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, and will be using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods including go-along interviews.

Age UK Cheshire has four Sheds across Cheshire: Hartford, Ellesmere Port, Chester and Crewe. They have recently launched a Women in Sheds project.

As an avid user of her own shed (shoffice) in her garden, Jenny is delighted to work on this project. You can find out more about Men in Sheds and Age UK Cheshire here

We will be posting updates over the next few months.

Positive Communities Research Seminar Series 2017

We are delighted to announce our research seminars for this coming term. These include presentations from nationally renowned speakers on a range of topics e.g. disability; universal basic income; young people in Guatemala City; fair living; trans youth; gender in migration; abortion; conspiracy theories; mental health; and many more. All welcome to these informal seminars, hosted by the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing and Health, Disability, Ageing and Wellbeing, Manchester Metropolitan University.

All sessions take place in Brooks Building, Birley Fields Campus, Bonsall Street, Manchester M15 6GX.

For more details: positive-communities-research-seminar-series

Seminar – Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin

You are invited to the following seminar which will be held on the 15th February 2017 at 12.30pm in Brooks room 2.28.


Title: Gendered lives post migration: challenging preconceptions about home and away



Migration from the new European Union (EU) Member States to the United Kingdom (UK) has been identified as one of the most significant social phenomena of recent times. The largest member of the Accession 8 (A8) countries is Poland and the UK has been the most common destination for Polish migrants post 2004. Arguably, there is limited migration literature that focuses solely on women. In fact, women as migrants were invisible until the 1970s, whilst today scholars argue that we observe a ‘feminisation of migration’. However, in relation to A8 migration, gender and gender roles are an under-researched area. The aim of this session is to provide more balance and offer some explanation on how living in the UK affects women migrants’ perceptions of Poland, and how Polish nationals resident in the UK perform their Polish and transnational identities.

Through the use of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Polish migrant women in two locations – the UK (migrants) and Poland (return migrants), it is demonstrated how they negotiate their gendered responsibilities in regard to work (formal/informal) and care across time and space (i.e. post migration). Their perception of gender roles in the UK is compared with what they were taught in Poland. It is concluded that the migratory process may indeed influence their understanding of gendered responsibilities, and, in many cases, it seems to have a positive effect. This should be viewed as an encouraging finding as it can, in the long run, have a favourable impact on wider gender equality.


Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin works as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Positive and Sustainable Communities) within the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing. Her background is in social policy, politics and sociology. Eva previously worked at the University of York and the University of Salford where in June 2015 she completed her PhD in Social Policy. Her doctoral research explored gendered migrations and the influence of the process of migrating on women’s gender roles. Eva previously researched economic migrants, asylum seekers/refugees, highly-skilled migrants and family joiners. More recently she researched welfare conditionality in the UK. Prior to starting her academic career, Eva worked at a private social research company. She is also well linked up with the voluntary community sector primarily to do with migrant organisations where she previously worked/volunteered (e.g. Boaz Trust, RAPAR, Europia, Rainbow Haven, MRN).

Applied Psychology Research Seminars

As per our discussions at the Research Group meeting this week, here is information about forthcoming seminars organised by Dept. of Psychology.

As part of our ongoing commitment to high-quality research in psychology,there are a series of research seminars from esteemed psychology researchers from across the UK.

The talks will focus on solving real-world problems, covering:

Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
Social Critical and Community Psychology
Applied Cognitive Measurement and Evaluation
Forensic Psychology
Performance and Positive Psychology

All sessions will take place in Manchester Metropolitan University Brooks Building room 3.31 and will run 12.30-1.30.


Thursday 10th November

Dr Judith Ramsay, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at MMU Cheshire Campus.  Dr Ramsay publishes in areas of online communication, e-learning and mobile learning.

Title: The Psychology of Human-computer Interaction

For more information see:


Wednesday 23rd November (Note this is an additional seminar date to previous timetable versions)

Dr Orla Muldoon, Professor of Psychology, University of Limerick.  Dr Muldoon will be sharing her research on the application of the social identity approach to real world social issues.

For more information on Dr Muldoon:


Wednesday14th December

Ken Drinkwater, Psychology Lecturer, MMU.  Ken will be presenting some of his research around conspiracy theories.  For more information see:

Wednesday 11th January

Dr Andrew Stevenson & Dr Jeremy Oldfield, Psychology, MMU.  Dr Stevenson & Dr Oldfield will be talking to us about their recent trip to Guatemala.

For more information on Dr Stevenson see:

For more information on Dr Oldfield see:

Wednesday 8th February

Dr Katherine Johnson, Asst Head Psychology & Psychotherapy, University of Brighton.  Dr Johnson’s research interests include gender and sexuality studies, critical and community psychology, and qualitative methods.  For more information see:

Title: Trans youth: what matters?

Wednesday 8th March

Dr Peter Taylor, Clinical lecturer & clinical psychologist, University of Manchester

Title: TBA


Wednesday 22nd March

Dr Helen Owton, Lecturer – Sport & Fitness, Faculty of Wellbeing, Open University.

Dr Owton’s research specialisms lie in innovative qualitative investigations of sporting embodiment, sensory dimensions, and gendered sporting experiences covering topics that range from women’s boxing, sportspeople with asthma and abuse in sport.

For more information see:

Title: TBA


Wednesday 26th April

Dr Cheryl Hunter, Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Title: TBA

Wednesday 10th May

Dr William Brown, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bedfordshire.

For more information on Dr Brown see:


Title: “Can Exercise Rewind the Epigenetic Clock?”.

Wednesday 14th June

Dr Andrew Denovan

Title: TBA



Eating with others in urban areas – presentation at Mood, Mobility and Place conference – Jenny Fisher

I recently attended the Mood, Mobility and Place conference in Edinburgh, UK (11-14 October, 2016) and  was funded by the Social Change: Community Well-being Research Centre to attend the conference. The focus of the conference was Habitats for Health and Happy Ageing with a particular emphasis on spaces and places, travel, housing and dementia. I watched a number of interesting presentations including ones covering travel, accessible environments, sedentary behaviour and living with sight loss. All of the abstracts are here. I spoke about recent research that I have led with Laura Brown, the University of Manchester and Zinnia Mitchell-Smith, Manchester Met University. The aim of the research was to explore the needs, barriers and facilitators to social eating for older people in urban areas.

The visit also gave me an opportunity to meet up with Dr Ryan Woolrych, who is the P-I on our ESRC-Newton research project to discuss go-along interviews, one of our methods.

The twitter hashtag for the conference was #OSPS4 and you can follow me @JennyCFisher.

What’s New Down Under for People with Learning Disabilities?


What’s New Down Under for People with Learning Disabilities?

A workshop on Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme

 Presented by

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, University of New South Wales, Australia


Friday September 30th, 2016

1.00pm – 4.00pm

BRG.78, Lecture Theatre 1

Brooks Building, Birley Campus

Manchester Metropolitan University


Travel details:


Book your ticket here:


For more information and for any access requirements, please contact:


Australia is currently undertaking the biggest change in a generation to the way disability support services are delivered. The Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises a new world of personalised funding and the development of a ‘market’ for disability services. This shift, similar to those that have taken place in the UK over the last decade, moves away from block funding to service providers, and promises to make choice and control over their supports a reality for Australian disabled people.


Presented by Leanne Dowse and including video messages from Australian Self-advocates, this workshop will explore what this change means for people with learning disabilities in Australia, including:

  • The kinds of changes the NDIS will bring
  • What is good about the changes,
  • What is not so good about the changes
  • How having a say has been important for people with learning disabilities and their families and for the NDIS.


The workshop will include discussion about how the experiences of self-advocates, their families and their organisations in the UK can help those in Australia make sure that the NDIS is right for people with learning disabilities.






There are big changes going on in services for people with learning disabilities in Australia.




A new system called the National Disability Insurance Scheme is starting this year.


The changes are to make sure people have more say about the services they get to help them live the way they want.






At this workshop Leanne Dowse from Australia will talk about the changes. We will also see messages from Self-Advocates in Australia.







They will talk about:

·      The changes that are happening

·      What is good about the changes,

·      What is not so good about the changes

·      How having a say has been important for people with learning disabilities and their families.



At the workshop we will talk about what self-advocates in the UK think Australians can learn from their experiences, to make sure that the new system is right for people with learning disabilities.




This lecture is being supported by The Childhood Research Network, The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, The Disability Research Network and The Critical and Community Psychology Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Learning Disability England ( and Human Activism (