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Research Profile

Prof Amanda Coffey  

Dr Amanda Coffey
Position:Head of School of Social Sciences
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75501
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
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Address:2.09 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

My research interests are underpinned by a sustained, critical methodological engagement with ethnographic and qualitative research. This includes work on contemporary developments in qualitative data analysis, writing and representation, as well as more broadly on methodological innovation. I have led and been involved in a number of funded projects focussing on qualitative research methods and methodological development. This includes directing the phase 1 Cardiff Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact (QUALITI) (2005-8), and being a founding co-director of the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

I have a number of substantive research interests that intersect sociology, social policy and education. My empirical research has included work on;

  • Young people and social change: A focus of my research in this area has been the role of informal learning contexts in contemporary debates about citizenship education. This work has also focussed on transitions to adulthood, young people’s biographies in the context of community transformation, young people and place and learning-through-leisure. Other interests include the relationships between education, social justice and wider issues of social change.
  • Gender and education: My interests in this area include educational experiences and autobiographies, as well as initial teacher education, teacher careers and exploring relationships between feminism, teaching, methodology and pedagogy.
  • Working lives: My research in this area has included work on professional and occupational socialization and the experience of work, as well as gender and equality issues in the context of training and career development.

Current and Recent Research 

My research has included a wide range of projects, these include: