Dr Emma Craddock

Senior Lecturer in Health Research

School of Nursing and Midwifery
0121 331 4545

Emma completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Nottingham in 2017 (thesis titled: ‘Emotion and Gender in Local Anti-Austerity Activist Cultures’). Her research utilised a feminist methodology and a combination of qualitative research methods to produce an in-depth exploration of anti-austerity activist culture. It focused on gendered differences in lived and felt experiences of activism, the gendered barriers and exclusions that exist to doing activism and becoming an activist, the (gendered) role of ‘care’ within anti-austerity activism, how emotions motivate and sustain political participation, and the relationship between online and offline forms and spaces of activism.

A research monograph that draws on this research - Living Against Austerity: A Feminist Investigation of Doing Activism and Being Activist was published in 2020. 

Emma was awarded 1+3 funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2011 and achieved an MA in Social Research Methods (with distinction) in 2012. She was awarded a first class BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Warwick in 2010.


Emma has previously designed and taught a range of modules across the Social Sciences, focusing on research methods, gender, social policy, crime, and the media at various HE institutions including the University of Warwick, Keele University, University of Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent University. She has also previously worked as a Lecturer in Academic Skills at BCU, providing support with areas including critical thinking and analysis, and specialising in level 7/8 academic writing and research support. 

Emma has a PGCert in Higher Education and is a Fellow of Advance HE.


Emma’s postdoctoral research includes:

Emma continues to develop feminist research in the area of women’s health, focusing particularly on how women's lived experiences of health and illness can be transferred into practice and policy through public and patient engagement. Emma is currently researching women’s experiences of being diagnosed with autism and ADHD in adulthood.

Emma welcomes enquiries about PhD supervision in a range of areas including gender, subjective experience, feminist research, mixed methods and qualitative methodologies. 

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