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Jacqueline Merchant

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Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

I have worked at the University for over 25 years broadly within the area of Sociology of Health and Illness. Currently, I work in the Social Sciences department in the Faculty of Education and Society, mainly on BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, but working with colleagues and students across social sciences and related courses.

Teaching and supervision

I teach students on the following courses:
I have taught across levels 4-7 and currently lead the following modules:
  • The Individual and Society across the lifecourse (level 5)
  • 'Drugs, Madness and Violence' as responses to Liquid Modernity (level 6)

I also supervise dissertation students in their final year of undergraduate study.

I am Centre Lead for our FdSc and Top-up Health and Social care courses at the University of Sunderland London Campus. I am also Centre Lead for the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (distance learning) for Chevron TNE, Ireland, PG Cert Leadership and Change and Cert, and PgDip Cybersecurity at Chevron TNE Ireland.

I hold external examiner commitments at the Universities of Derby, UWTSJ, and Lincoln.

Research interests for potential research students

I have published in the areas of youth substance use, the effects of austerity on Third sector organisations, and co-edited a book exploring dimensions of health for sport and exercise students.

I am currently studying for a PhD, exploring experiences of midlife for women, the details of which can be seen in this research blog.


I have been involved in research in relation to young people and recreational drug use; youth, risk and health; and the impact of austerity and localism on third sector provision of services. I am currently working on my PhD which focuses on wellbeing of women in midlife.


Number of items: 6.


Macdonald, Stephen J, Deacon, Lesley and Merchant, Jacqueline (2016) ‘Too Far Gone’: Dyslexia, Homelessness and Pathways into Drug Use and Drug Dependency. Insights on Learning Disabilities, 13 (2). pp. 117-134. ISSN 1949-1212

Clayton, John, Donovan, Catherine and Merchant, Jacqueline (2015) Distancing and limited resourcefulness : third sector service provision under austerity localism in the North East of England. Urban Studies, 53 (4). pp. 723-740. ISSN 0042-0980

Clayton, John, Donovan, Catherine and Merchant, Jacqueline (2014) Emotions of austerity : care and commitment in public service delivery in the North East of England. Emotion, Space and Society, 14. pp. 24-32.

Reports, briefing/ working papers

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John and Merchant, Jacqueline (2012) Localism or Pulling the Plug on Public Services? Consequences of Austerity for the Third Sector in the North East. Project Report. Centre for Children, Young People & Families, University of Sunderland, Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John, Merchant, Jacqueline and Roberts, Nicola (2011) An Exploration of the Impact of the Coalition Government’s Spending Review on the North East and on Programmes Offered by the Department of Social Sciences. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John, Merchant, Jacqueline and Roberts, Nicola (2011) An exploration of the impact of the Coalition Government's spending review on the North East and how the Department of Social Sciences might respond. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Sat Jul 20 06:20:04 2024 BST.
  • Lifecourse approaches to health and illness
  • Psychosocial explorations of midlife women
  • Substance use and society

Last updated 17 June 2024