The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Judy Richards

Lecturer in Sociology

Background

In 2009 I completed my PhD which looked at the impact of social networking online  ( in particular online dating sites) upon the aspirations of  heterosexual older women searching for love and companionship.

I came to Newcastle Sociology department in the same year and have taught  undergraduate and post graduate students on a wide range of modules. My particular specialism is the Sociology of Childhood which is avaliable as an optional module to second year students. I also supervise dissertations and have a personal tutor role.

Between 2010 and 2016  I also held a research associate post at the Institute of Health and Society, where I carried out qualitative research considering the experiences of parents who lose a baby from a multiple pregnancy. I also helped towards the production of clinical guidelines for medical professionals  who care for parents in this situation. Following this, I carried out further qualitative research with parents who are asked to take part in clinical trials whilst in hospital with a sick baby( ies). Interviewees were asked about their motivation for taking part in clinical trials and their perceptions of possible risk of  trial medical interventions upon their baby.

My main areas of Sociological interest are:

Social networking online, especially the impact upon identities, relationships and community

Gender and ageing: lifecourse approaches

Childhood

Risk

Qualitative research, including narrative approaches.

Research


I have extensive experience of Qualitative research in a variety of research settings.

Between 2000 and2003 I was a research associate at the Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics at Newcastle University where I carried out ethnographic research in a hospital setting  and also video analysis on the impact of the computer upon the doctor -patient interaction during a consultation.

My Phd  involved interviewing older women concerning their experiences finding love on Internet dating sites ( 2003-2007)

Between 2010 and 2016  I  held a research associate post at the Institute of Health and Society, where I carried out qualitative research considering the experiences of parents who lose a baby from a multiple pregnancy. I also helped towards the production of clinical guidelines for medical professionals  who care for parents in this situation. Following this, I carried out further qualitative research with parents who are asked to take part in clinical trials whilst in hospital with a sick baby( ies). Interviewees were asked about their motivation for taking part in clinical trials and their perceptions of possible risk of  trial medical interventions upon their baby

Teaching

I have a great passion for and interest in teaching. I am currently module leader on:

SOC 2071 -The Sociology of Childhood

SOC1030- The Sociological Imagination

I supervise undergraduate dissertation students

I currently co-supervise two post- graduate students within The Institute of Health and Society:

MSC- Hayley Coleman. Her dissertations looks at  people's perceptions of  new male contraceptive methods and how these perceptions could impact upon take- up by males in the future.

PhD- Adifisayo Odeniyi. Her thesis uses a qualitative approach to explore the  motivations of African mothers' attitudes  towards and practices of breast feeding.

Publications