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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Emma Dobson, BA (Hons) MA (Research Methods - Education)

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Education

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I completed a BA in Education & English Studies, and MA in Research Methods (Education) at Durham University. I am currently studying for a PhD at the School of Education funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

I am interested in peer education and how this approach is used to deliver adolescent health interventions. Specifically, my PhD investigates the communicative process between adolescents within the context of peer-led Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and whether the use of peers as educators in the SRE classroom can encourage the adoption of positive attitudes towards sexual health and contraception.

Research Interests

  • Peer Education
  • Social Learning
  • Health education/ promotion
  • Sexual attitudes and behaviour of young people

Research Projects


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