Dr Kahryn Hughes
Senior Research Fellow
Most of my time is spent in research, and I have been funded by the ESRC for the past eleven years in research primarily aimed at methods innovation and development. My current research interests are related to three overlapping areas: the sociology of health inequalities; sociological theory; and research methodology. More specifically, I am interested in: addiction, poverty, time, relationality and identity.
Most recently, I have won funding with Bren Neale under the ESRC Knowledge Exchange and Transformation scheme, for Changing Landscapes for the Third Sector: Enhancing knowledge and informing practice. This project brings together a national network of research projects and teams, to facilitate knowledge sharing and secondary analysis, in addition to developing and refining the Timescapes Archive at the University of Leeds.
Other recent projects that I have been involved with include:
ESRC Changing Lives and Times Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative Relationships and Identities through the Life Course (TIMESCAPES) Grandparenting: charting trajectories of inter-generational social exclusion and health.
ESRC Research Methods Programme (2003-2005) Developing methodological strategies to recruit and research socially excluded groups
Through these research projects, I have developed and sustained a number of effective networks with third sector organisations and have considerable experience and insight into enhancing impact through engaging a diverse audience.
I convene the MA Qualitative Methods module, and my teaching on the MA Conception to the Grave is research-led. I also give a number of lectures on different courses at all levels of undergraduate study, and at Masters level.
I convene an annual programme of methods training in qualitative longitudinal research methods under the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. These events are aimed at all those in research-active organisations who have an interest in qualitative longitudinal research.
I am keen to supervise PhD students who are interested in researching social process whether through primary research or research using secondary sources.
‘Shared space, distant lives? Understanding family and intimacy at home through the lens of internet gambling’, Shared space, distant lives? Understanding family and intimacy at home through the lens of internet gambling, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37.2 (2012), 242-255,
‘Recession, it's all the same to us son': the longitudinal experience (1999- 2010) of deprivation’, 21st Century Society, 5.2 (2010), 171-181,
‘Ripples in a pond: the disclosure to, and management of, problem Internet gambling with/in the family’, Community, Work and Family, 13.3 (2010), 271-288,
‘Migrating identities: the relational constitution of drug use and addiction’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 29.5 (2007), pp.1–19,
‘Accessing socially excluded people-trust and the gatekeeper in the researcher-participant relationship’, Sociological Research Online, 12.2 (2007),
‘Vulnerability, inter-generational exchange, and the conscience of generations’, in Understanding Families Over Time Research and Policy, ed. by Holland J and Edwards R (Springer, 2014),
‘Small N access cases to refine theories of social exclusion and access to socially excluded individuals and groups’, in The Sage Handbook of Case-Based Methods, ed. by Byrne and others (London: Sage, 2009),
‘CAM and the meaning of nursing care’, in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nursing and Midwifery: Towards a critical social science, ed. by Adams J and Tovey P (Routledge, 2007), 93-112,
‘Health as individual responsibility: possibilities and personal struggle’, in The mainstreaming of complementary and alternative medicine: studies in social context, ed. by Tovey P, Easthope G and Adams J (Routledge, 2004), 25-46,