Dr Emily Taylor - Research Associate
Emily is a social science researcher investigating the public acceptability of health behaviour policies. She is interested in how people make sense of policies and interventions in health and social care, and in methodologies that draw upon approaches to research with potentially conflicting epistemological foundations, such as ethnographic and discourse analytic methods.
Emily has a PhD in Health and Social Care from the Open University. Her thesis addressed understandings of being an actor in international development, specifically in the field of child welfare in China. It examined how people shaped what kinds of actors they were through the identity work that was entwined with representations of the organisation they worked for and what it was doing. Emily also has an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Chinese Studies with Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Emily has worked in research and administration in the not-for-profit sector. After working as a care assistant in a home, she worked in a series of administrative posts for social services departments and charities, as an interviewer for an independent social research unit, as a researcher for two children’s charities concerned with foster care and mental health respectively, as an administrator in higher education, and as a contract researcher in the field of health and social care.
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