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Research Profile

Ms Pip (Victoria) Hardy 

Pip Hardy
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences


  • BA (Hons) in English Literature – University of Durham
  • MSc in Lifelong Learning – University of Ulster
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling – University of Cambridge
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinical Microsystems Fall Invitational Film Festival: Paul Batalden award for the People’s Choice
  • Creating an Inter Professional Workforce: John Horder award for Innovation
  • BMJ Group Award for Excellence in Healthcare Education (2010) and finalist for Healthcare Communicator of the Year -

Research Interests

As part of my masters in Lifelong Learning, I conducted research into the impact of the digital stories in healthcare education. I developed a model for transformation in healthcare and healthcare education using the Patient Voices digital stories and I would like to extend this research to find out more about the effects of the digital storytelling process and the digital stories on the people who create them as well as the people who watch and study them.

The possibilities for research seem almost endless and the precise focus is not yet clear to me. I am fascinated by the transformation I see in storytellers and would like to investigate how this happens, but I am also keen to find out whether the people who watch the stories are sufficiently moved by them to make sustainable changes in their own practice. And of course, the possibilities afforded by digital storytelling as a first person research methodology are also intriguing.

I am excited by the possibilities offered by SOCSI to deepen my knowledge in education, health and social care, community development, digital technologies, first person research methodologies, and mindfulness; I’m keen to learn more about qualitative research methods in general and psycho social methods in particular and to draw on all these paradigms, and more, to investigate the effects and potential applications of a digital storytelling methodology informed by mindfulness. 

So, in short, my research interests are:

  • the transformative potential of digital storytelling and digital stories
  • the impact of the digital storytelling process as well as the digital stories themselves
  • the links between mindfulness and digital storytelling
  • the development of a first-person research methodology based on digital storytelling

PhD Topic/ Area

Mindfulness-informed digital storytelling in health and social care - a qualitative study


Dr Steven Stanley

Prof Valerie Walkerdine