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Dr Katherine Jackson

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology

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I’m an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in the Department of Sociology. My fellowship focuses on using feminist and sociological theories of care and care practices to understand women’s drinking practices, a key aim is to engage stakeholders in how these insights can be used to support women and reduce heavy drinking. More broadly, I’m interested in women’s and family health, health inequalities and the contribution sociological theory can make to public health intervention approaches.

Prior to coming to Durham, I worked in research roles in the public sector and at Leeds Beckett University and Newcastle University. In 2018 I completed an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship at Newcastle University (part-time). This work was a qualitative study of women’s everyday alcohol use and stress. In 2016-2017 I was the Project Co-ordinator for a study on perinatal mental health in rural areas of North Yorkshire. This work has been used to inform policy and practice in the region. From 2017-2019 I was a researcher within a multi-disciplinary team on the SILVER study which explored sharing health data with social care to support families involved with Local Authority Early Help Services.

Through my research roles, I also have an interest in ‘ethics in practice’ in qualitative health research.

I’m a member of the British Sociological Association, a founding member of the British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group and an associate member of Fuse.


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