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Dr Sui-Ting Kong, PhD

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology

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I joined Durham University in the Summer of 2017 as Assistant Professor in Social Work following a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Hong Kong. I was first trained as a social worker in Hong Kong, and later completed my PhD at the University of York (UK) in 2015. I have always been interested in social work practice research, methodological innovation, and theorising intimate partner violence and practices of intimacy. My research interests encompass all these elements to look at how to collaborate with separated abused women for providing post-separation care and support, and to develop culturally appropriate practices in end-of-life care.

My enthusiasm to advance social work knowledge for improving intimate lives is a lasting one. Other than my PhD, I have conducted a number of research studies for theorising the stay-leave decision making of abused women; for documenting social workers’ responses to social isolation experienced by abused women in Hong Kong; and to conceptualize the best practice of social workers in preserving the familial self of Chinese older adults in end-of-life care. My academic activities also involve developing participatory methods, including the theatrical work carried out with women activists in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, Cooperative Grounded Inquiry developed for working with abused women in service development and end-of-life case graph for co-constructing practice narratives with social work practitioners. 

Research Groups

Department of Sociology

  • Communities and Social Justice
  • Violence and Abuse

Research Interests

  • Social Work Practice Research – theorising practice and theorising for practice
  • Qualitative Methodologies – innovative methods and participatory methodologies
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse
  • End-of-Life Care for Older Adults

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Selected Grants

  • 2020: RE200194: A Practitioner led Approach to Secondary Data Analysis: Practical and Ethical Challenges and best practice in COVID-19 , £5000, September 2020 - July 2021
  • 2018: RC200168: Translating CORE-UPHOLD Model into Practice Protocol, £2395.00, 2018-03-01-2018-12-31