Gemma Mitchell (College PhD Scholarship)

Gemma Mitchell

Gemma Mitchell

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First: Dr. Ipek Demir

Second: Prof. Barbara Misztal

Additional Roles:

Teaching Assistant - Department of Sociology (October 2011 – present)

Includes following modules:

  • Sociological Imagination (1st year undergraduates)
  • Ageing, Death and the Life Course (3rd year undergraduates)

PhD and Early Career Representative - (January 2014 – present)

On behalf of the Risk and Uncertainty Research Network (RN22) for the European Sociological Association

Qualitative Evaluator - Department of Biochemistry (May – July 2015)

Evaluation of ‘AudioVisuals in the Disciplines (AVID): Development of subject-specific libraries of broadcast media resources’ project.

Associate Tutor - UOL Career Development Service (October 2013 – September 2014)

Teaching support for Leicester Award Programme and Realising Opportunities Programme.


  • BA Sociology, University of Leicester
  • MA Social Work, University of Hull

Research question:

How do experts define, navigate and translate knowledge in the ‘risk society’? The case of child and family social care in England


  • Research diaries
  • Semi-structured interviews

Brief Biography:

I am a qualified social worker, with practice experience in both statutory and non-statutory settings. The children and families I worked with inspired me to challenge my preconceptions and ask: what are the more informal ways in which knowledge is shared and judgements are made within the social work community? This led to my current role as sociology PhD student. I am using semi-structured interviews and research diaries to explore how child and family social workers, as experts in the 'risk society', translate and navigate risk knowledges in their practice.

Research Interests:

Risk and uncertainty, child and family social work, knowledge translation, sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK).


Mitchell, G. (2016) ‘Moving from gut feeling to evidence: the case of social work’, in Chamberlain, M. (ed.) Medicine, Risk, Discourse and Power, London: Routledge

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