Laurence T Droy

Laurence Droy, Laurence T Droy, Graduate Research Assistant

LT Droy File 2

Doctoral Student (PHD) & REF Impact Researcher at the University of Leicester.

Contact Details:


Address: Department of Media, Communication and Sociology (MCS), University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.

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Doctoral Supervisors:

First: Dr Edmund Chattoe-Brown
Second: Dr Patrick White

Current Additional Roles:

REF Impact Researcher (University of Leicester/British Academy project)

Past Additional Roles:

Graduate Research Assistant (University of Leicester)
RC33 Conference 2016 - University of Leicester Organising Committee
Research Associate (Durham University)
Research Assistant (School of Law, University of Leicester)

Brief Biography:

I graduated with First-Class Honours in Psychology (Bsc) from the University of Leicester in July 2014. This was followed by a period working as a project coordinator within the sports-construction industry. I returned to the university to begin a doctorate in the Department of Sociology in April 2015. In addition to my doctoral research and professional research work within my department, I have worked for Durham University assisting with the implementation and process evaluation of a Randomised Control Trial (RCT), and for the School of Law (University of Leicester) assisting with impact-evaluation data analysis. In my current role as a REF Impact Researcher, I am undertaking secondary analysis of observational data as part of an assessment of the long-term outcomes of the 1980s UK government-sponsored Youth Training Schemes (YTS). I am a volunteer with the charity Reunite International, involved in a mixed-methods research project investigating international child relocation in the UK.

Primary Research Methodologies:

Social Simulation:

My PhD thesis presents a critical analysis of existing formal approaches to theorizing about the social dynamics of harmful traditional practices, focusing on the challenges of representing social processes in formalized models. A range of formal robustness and sensitivity analyses of existing formal theoretical models are undertaken as part of a progressive model development strategy, culminating in the application of empirical calibration and validation to a general agent-based model of FGM as a coordinated social norm.


Quantitative Analysis:

Much of my professional research work has involved traditional quantitative analyses, especially related to social policy and program evaluation. My work as a researcher for the University of Leicester's School of Law involved analysis of data from a school-based educational intervention. My work as a REF Impact Researcher for the University of Leicester's Department of MCS has involved analysis of longitudinal data from the 1970 British Cohort Study. My thesis research has involved analysis of cross-sectional data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in the developing world. As part of my volunteer role with Reunite international, I have assisted the charity with the design of a survey related to international child relocation.



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