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Research Profile

Mrs Samia Addis 

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Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70192
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Address:1-3 Museum Place


  • 2004 Cardiff University: MSc Social Science Research Methods
  • 1992 Cardiff University: PGCE (FE) Sociology/History
  • 1990 Bristol Polytechnic: BA (Hons) Social Science


Samia is a 3rd Year PhD student, funded by the Welsh Government through a health studentship.  Samia completed her first degree in Sociology and History at the University of the West of England in Bristol and then completed a PGCE in further education at Cardiff University.  She lectured for some years during which she developed an interest in dietary choice and the impact of poverty of diet.

After completing an MSc in Social Science Research Methods in 2004, Samia worked as a part time research associate with AWARD (All Wales Alliance for Research and Development) based at CISHE.  AWARD was funded by the Welsh Government to undertake research in health and social care, Samia was involved in projects such as an evaluation of lunchbox guidance, a systematic review of determinants of health indicators for cancer, child health and older people’s health and a literature review of the health and social care needs of LGBT older people.

Samia’s PhD is an investigation of take up of free school meals in secondary schools in Wales, her supervisors are Professor Gareth Williams and Dr Simon Murphy.

Research Interests

  • Dietary choice
  • Food poverty
  • School food

PhD Topic / Area

The aim of this research is to build on existing research and to provide a comprehensive review of free school meals provision in secondary schools in Wales.  Informed by a socio ecological approach to health promotion this research will identify influential factors across a range of socio ecological levels and examine the process of choice and decision making by secondary school children and parents and carers in respect of registering and using free school entitlement, taking into account the context of policy, the community, school, family and child.


Professor Gareth Williams

Dr Simon Murphy