Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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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.

Research Interests

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. 

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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. 

Methods Training

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.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise PhD students who are interested in researching social process whether through primary research or research using secondary sources.

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Valentine G, Hughes K, ‘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
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00469.x

  • Emmel ND, Hughes K, ‘Recession, it's all the same to us son': the longitudinal experience (1999- 2010) of deprivation’, 21st Century Society, 5.2 (2010), 171-181

  • Valentine G, Hughes KA, ‘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
    DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2010.488107

  • Hughes KA, ‘Migrating identities: the relational constitution of drug use and addiction’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 29.5 (2007), pp.1–19
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.01018.x

  • Emmel ND, Hughes K, Greenhalgh J, Sales A, ‘Accessing socially excluded people-trust and the gatekeeper in the researcher-participant relationship’, Sociological Research Online, 12.2 (2007)
    DOI: 10.5153/sro.1512


  • Emmel ND, Hughes K, ‘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)
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137285089

  • Emmel ND, Hughes K, ‘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)

  • Hughes KA, ‘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

  • Hughes KA, ‘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

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