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Stephanie Daw

Postgraduate Research Student

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Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology  


I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Sociology. I joined the department in 2016 to complete my BA in Sociology. Alongside my degree, I was awarded the Undergraduate Research Internship funding by Collingwood College, where I researched the extent to which Restorative Justice has become embedded in youth justice policy with Dr Hannah King and Professor Roger Smith. After taking a year out of education after graduating, I returned to the department in 2020 to complete my MA in Social Research Methods with Sociology, to then complete three years of my doctoral study. 

Research Area

My doctoral research will explore LGBT+ young people’s transition to adulthood within the context of COVID-19, to understand how the pandemic has had a long-term impact on their transitions with a specific focus on the development of their sexual and/or gender identity. A longitudinal approach will be used to capture the transitional nature of emerging adulthood and the rapid change in the impact of COVID-19, over the course of one year. 

  • Seminar leader for Societies in Transition (2021/22)

Research interests

  • LGBT+ young people
  • Queer theory
  • Transitions to adulthood
  • Social change
  • Qualitative methods