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    United Kingdom


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Research Statement

My main area of work to date has focused on issues relating to social security, welfare reform, deprivation, social exclusion and the measurement of poverty. I was a researcher on the first Poverty and Social Exclusion study to be carried out in Northern Ireland in 2002, which provided a baseline measure of poverty in the region for the first time. I was also a researcher on the second Poverty and Social Exclusion study a decade later, carrying out a major qualitative study into family life in a context of poverty. More recently, I have been working with children and young people, investigating their attitudes to important social issues like health, education, religion, community relations and politics. Methods have included developing co-production approaches to research with young people through Children’s Research Advisory Groups, ensuring the inclusion of the views of vulnerable young people such as those with mental health issues, disabilities and experience of the care system. I am currently involved in a qualitative study funded by N.I. Department for Communities investigating lone mothers’ attitudes and motivations to employment, education and training in a context of labour market activation policy.  My work with vulnerable adults, children and young people has given me expertise in sensitive interviewing techniques.

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Research Output

Exploring young people’s understanding of culture: a study from Northern Ireland

Durrer, V., Kelly, G., McKnight, M. & Schubotz, D., 22 Nov 2019, In : Cultural Trends.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Incidence of anorexia nervosa in young people in the UK and Ireland: a national surveillance study

    Petkova, H., Simic, M., Nicholls, D., Ford, T., Prina, M., Stuart, R., Livingstone, N., Kelly, G., Macdonald, G., Eisler, I., Gowers, S., Barrett, B. & Byford, S., Nov 2019, In : BMJ Open. p. 1-9 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    The Cost-Effectiveness of models of care for young people with Eating Disorders

    Byford, S., Petkova, H., Stuart, R., Nicholls, D., Simic, M., Ford, T., Macdonald, G., Gowers, S., Roberts, S., Barrett, B., Kelly, J., Kelly, G., Livingstone, N., Joshi, K., Smith, H. & Eisler, I., Nov 2019, National Institute of Health Research Public Health Research Programme. 110 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    Open Access
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    In their own words: Young People's Attitudes to Community Relations in Northern Ireland

    Kelly, G., 01 Jan 2018, 6 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Mental Health First Aid

    Grace Kelly (Participant)

    02 Aug 201803 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Mood Matters for Managers and Supervisors

    Grace Kelly (Participant)

    11 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    ‘What Counts as Culture? Understanding Young People’s Views’

    Victoria Durrer (Presenter), , Dirk Schubotz (Contributor), , Martina McKnight (Contributor), & Grace Kelly (Contributor)

    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar