North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

Overseas Institutional Visit to Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Montreal

N. Kavanagh OIV

Niamh Kavanagh, Sociology, University of Manchester

I feel that my trip to Canada has met and surpassed all my aims and expectations. All the experience and knowledge, as well as networking will be invaluable for creating arguments and narratives for completing my PhD, disseminating my PhD findings and going forward with my academic career.

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Advising National Policymakers on Improving Road Safety During and After Lockdown


Craig Arnold, Criminology, Socal Policy and Social Work, Keele University, 2019 Cohort

Through the opportunities presented by my ESRC funded PhD, I am now engaged in national programmes, including addressing the challenges posed by COVID-19. As the country entered lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the volume of traffic on our roads dropped by around 70% following an increase in people working from home, and the avoidance of unnecessary journeys.

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Music to Write By: The Sounds That Heaven Makes


Ronnie Hughes, Sociology, University of Liverpool, 2018 Cohort

For nearly all of my days I’ve loved music, virtually all music. Vast amounts of it have defined whole periods of my life. After the obvious Beatles days of growing up there was Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue to Héjira’ period, succeeded by David Bowie’s ‘Berlin Trilogy’ then a noisy amalgam ‘Heaven up here’ period of Blondie, Chic and, yes, Echo and the Bunnymen, while I was constantly out with my housing and community work friends in the early 1980s.

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My PhD research estimating Healthy Working Life Expectancy in England

Marty Parker

Marty Parker, Health and Wellbeing, Keele University, 2017 Cohort

Over the last few years I’ve been using advanced quantitative methods to research health and paid work participation in older age groups. Countries all over the world are experiencing population ageing and increasing life expectancy. There are more and more older adults compared to those of working-age, and people are being expected to work until they are older.

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