Researcher in the Spotlight

Poppy Budworth

PhD Researcher in Human Geography
The University of Manchester

Email: poppy.budworth@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
Twitter: @budworthpoppy
Webpage: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/researchers/poppy-budworth(859f5c91-b8e3-4736-bee6-457ae6b27446).html

Research Area and Interests
Geographies of Youth/Young People, Geographies of Disability, Geographies of Care and Caring, Everyday Geographies

Research Project
Lived Experiences of Young ‘Ostomates’

The term ‘ostomate’ is often used to describe a person who has undergone surgery which resulted in the formation of an ostomy or stoma. Ostomy surgery exteriorises a portion of the small or large intestine to divert bodily waste outside of the body. Approximately 102,000 people in the UK live with a stoma, and around 21,000 new stomas are formed every year. One of the main reasons people undergo stoma surgery is due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and young people under 16 years old make up a quarter of new IBD diagnoses.

Because of the increasing numbers of young people diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the project focuses on people aged 16-25 living with IBD, specifically those who undergo stoma surgery.  The research will be carried out primarily online and in the North West of England and will comprise of flexible multi-method, participant-led qualitative methodologies, such as biographical interviews and diaries, which focus on personal experiences of living with a stoma.  Furthermore, this project is in partnership with GetYourBellyOut, a Community Interest Company which has, over the last eight years, established a supportive online space for people living with IBD to connect and share their experiences and advice.

The project adopts a relational approach to explore young ostomates’ everyday relationships, negotiations and sources of support. It is commonly accepted that young people today face a multitude of pressures; thus, it is critical to understand how young ostomates negotiate life  with an ostomy; in particular, how their experiences as an ostomate shape understandings of identity and community, as well as shaping their mental well-being.

My PhD builds on my Masters research which explored the everyday lives of young people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Within a similar relational framework, my Masters thesis explored how young people’s experiences of relationships, space, time and stigma were shaped by their chronic bowel condition. A broader interest of mine, which connects both projects, includes improving toilet equality and access for people of all identities. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted to many the importance of accessible and safe public toilets and so this is a topic I hope to explore further within the research. My blog post for the Manchester Urban Institute, titled Inflammatory Bowel Disease and COVID-19: experiences of those well versed in social distancing, details a number of other ways in which COVID-19 has impacted those living with IBD.

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Researcher in the Spotlight

It is this time of the month… Check out the profile of this month’s researcher in the spotlight: Oliver Fletcher

 

Olivia Fletcher

First year PhD student
University of Liverpool

Email: O.A.Fletcher@liverpool.ac.uk
Twitter: @livAfletcher

 

Research Area and Interests

Digital Geographies, Social and Cultural Geographies, Geographies of Youth/Young People, Critical Geographies of Health, Embodied Geographies, Feminist Geographies, Identities and Power, Qualitative and Digital Methods

Research Project

Healthy lifestyles or ‘dangerous competition’? – self-tracking and the geographies of surveillance in the lives of young people. Continue reading

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Researcher in the Spotlight

We are happy to present you our next researcher in the spotlight profile of Joe Hall. Take a look and read about his exciting research.

Joe Hall
Research Associate and GCYFRG Dissertation Officer
University of Sheffield

Email: joe.hall@Sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @DrJoeHall
Departmental profile: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/people/academic-staff/joseph-joe-hall

Research Area and Interests
Children, childhood and youth; Gender and sexualities; Education and schooling; Equalities and inclusion; Qualitative and mixed-methods. Continue reading

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Researcher in the Spotlight

This time we present Giulia Chiara Ceresa and her research about alternative education in Italy in our researcher in the spotlight series. Take a look!

 

Giulia Chiara Ceresa
PhD Researcher in Human Geography
University Of Birmingham

Email: gcc776@bham.ac.uk

Twitter: @giulia_ceresa

Research Area and Interests
Children’s Geographies, Geography of Education, Geography of Alternative Education, transnational education Continue reading

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Researcher in the Spotlight

Our next researcher in the spotlight is Emma Bates, check out her profile below.

 

Emma Bates
Postgraduate Researcher
Loughborough University

Email: e.bates2@lboro.ac.uk

Twitter: @emmarbates

Research Area and Interests
Geographies of Education, aspirations, education-work transitions, gender, race, labour market experiences

Research Project
Race, gender and age in young women’s career decisions, expectations and experiences Continue reading

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