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Dr. Geraldine Brown

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My Research Vision

My aim is to undertake research that allows for the production of 'oppositional knowledge' and 'counter narratives.' Hence, research that produces knowledge grounded in the lived reality of those whose voices are often ‘missing’ and/or ‘seldom’ heard. As an activist and researcher my ambition is to engage in research that makes a difference through uncovering practical and theoretical insights. This is alongside contributing to the development of knowledge aimed at reducing the nexus between community and the academic ways of knowing and moves towards more 'intellectual democracy'.


Geraldine’s background is in Sociology and Social Policy and the focus of her research includes exploring individual’s and group’s experiences of public policy and practice, community engagement and community action. A key aspect of her work is to consider factors which contribute how individuals and groups experience exclusion or marginalisation and, in so doing identify ways of bringing about ‘change’. Geraldine takes a community development approach to her work and has undertaken research with ‘pregnant teenagers and young parents’, ‘Black and Minority Ethnic communities’, ‘older people with a mental health need’ and ‘offenders’. Geraldine’s doctoral thesis focused on understanding the relationship between African Caribbean communities and ‘urban gun crime’.

Geraldine is an experienced qualitative researcher and has developed and delivered a range of training to practitioners, community workers and also uses her experience in teaching.


  • Brown, G., Brady, G., and Letherby, G. (2014) ‘Young Mothers in the UK: push and pull factors relating to choices to stay at home or not’ in Stay at Home Mothers: dialogues and debates. Ed. by Reid-Boyd, E and Letherby, G. Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press. 
  • Brady, G. and Brown, G. (2013) Rewarding but let’s talk about the challenges: using arts based methods in research with young mothers. Methodological Innovations Online 8(1), 99-112. 
  • Brady, G., Brown, G., and Wilson, C. (2012) 'Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process' in Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Ed. by Barnes, M and Cotterell, P. Bristol: Policy Press. 
  • Brown, G., Standen, N., and Khilji, K., (2013) Dementia Advocacy in a time of Austerity, Working with Older People, 17(2), 58-64. 
  • Brown, G., Brady, G., and Letherby, G., ( 2011) Young Mothers experience of domestic Violence in their intimate and familial relationships, Child Care in Practice,  14(4), 359-374. 
  • Brown, G., and Standen, N. (2011) Exploring the Advocacy Needs of Older People with a Mental Health Needs in the West Midlands,  Working with Older People, 15(1), 13-18. 
  • Brown, G.C., Brady, G., Letherby, G., and Wilson, C. (2009) 'Teenage Pregnancy and young parenthood: questioning the inevitability of risk, lone motherhood and social exclusion' in Evaluating the Political Achievements of New Labour Since 1997, Social Policy and Public Trust. Ed. by Johns, N.R., and Barton, A. London: Edwin Mellon.  
  • Brady, G., Brown, G., Letherby, G., Bayley, J., and Wallace, L.M. (2008) 'Young women’s experience of termination and miscarriage: a qualitative study'. Human Fertility 11 (3),186-190. 
  • Letherby, G., Brady, G.M., and Brown, G.C. (2007) 'Working with the community: research and action'. In Towards understanding community: people and places. Ed. by Clay, C.J., Madden, M., and Potts, L. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Letherby, G., Brown, G., and Brady, G. (2007) ‘An evaluation of specialist services for pregnant teenagers and young parents’ in Theory and Research in Promoting Public Health. Ed. by Earle, S.  Lloyd, C E. Siddell, M and Spurr, S. London: Sage in conjunction with the Open University.

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