Dr. Geraldine Brady

Geraldine’s work takes a critical sociological approach to researching social issues. She has over 15 years experience in managing and delivering research and evaluation projects and her approach to qualitative research draws on feminist methodology, with a particular focus on participatory methods and creative, arts based means of engagement. She has led on research projects commissioned by a range of funders, and also held grant funded research awards. Geraldine has recently completed NSPCC funded research which explored the knowledge and confidence of social workers in cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation and is also researching young people’s views of sexual consent, coercion and exploitation (with Dr Pam Lowe, Aston University). Most recently Geraldine, Paul Bywaters and six partner universities have been awarded a substantial Nuffield Foundation grant to continue to explore links between deprivation and children’s chances of coming into contact with children’s services, extending their original mixed methodology to the four UK countries.  Geraldine co-convenes the West Midlands Medical Sociology Group and has jointly edited the 2015 Sociology of Health and Illness monograph, 'Children, health and well-being: policy debates and lived experience'. She is a visiting Fellow at Stockholm University, a Board member of Coventry Women’s Voices and a Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Ethics Committee member; she currently supervises six doctoral students.

  • Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Sparks, T., Bos, E., Bunting, L., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Scourfield, J. 'Exploring inequalities in child welfare and protective services: explaining the 'inverse intervention law'. Child and Youth Services Review 57:98-105. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.0.017
  • Brady, G and Durell, S.  (2015) Two people, one path: a supervisor and supervisee talk about doctoral support. Women in Higher Education, Volume 24, Issue 12, pages 13–14, December 2015 Article first published online: 30 NOV 2015. OI: 10.1002/whe.20263
  • Brady, G. Lowe, P and Olin Lauritzen, S (2015) Children, health and well-being: policy debates and lived experience, the 21st Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph, published by Wiley Blackwell.
  • Brady, G., Lowe, P., and Olin Lauritzen, S. (2015) ‘Connecting a sociology of childhood perspective with the study of child health, illness and wellbeing introduction’, Sociology of Health and Illness 37 (2), 173-183. 
  • Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Sparks, T., and Bos, E. (2014) Child welfare inequalities: new evidence, further questions, Child and Family Social Work [online][8th May 2014]. 
  • Martin, L., Brady, G., Kwhali, J., Brown, S. J., Crowe, S., and Matouskova, G. (2014) ‘Social Workers’ knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse’ London: NSPCC. 
  • Brady, G. (2014) Children and ADHD: seeking control within the constraints of diagnosis. Children and Society 28, 218-230. 
  • 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 Reid-Boyd, E., and Letherby, G. Stay at Home Mothers: dialogues and debates. 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 (2013) ‘Children’s non-conforming behaviour: personal trouble or public issue?’ in McCarthy, J., Hooper, C-A., and Gillies, V. (eds) Family Troubles? Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people.  Bristol: Policy Press. 
  • Brady, G., Brown, G., and Wilson, C. (2011) 'Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process' in Barnes, M., and Cotterell, P. (eds) Critical Perspectives on User Involvement.  Bristol: Policy Press. 
  • Brown, G., Brady, G., and Letherby, G. (2011) 'Young mothers experiences of power, control and violence within intimate and familial relationships' Child Care in Practice Special Issue: Effective interventions with children and families exposed to domestic violence 17 (4), 359-374. 
  • 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. 
  • Brady, G., Bywaters, P., Knyspel, M., Letherby, G., and Stevenson, G. (2007) ‘Outcomes’ in Letherby, G., and Bywaters, P. Extending Social Research Open University Press.  ISBN 0335215297.
  • Brady, G. (2005) ADHD diagnosis and identity in Newnes, C., and Radcliffe, N. (eds), Making and Breaking Children’s Lives. Ross on Wye: PCCS.