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Dr Sheila Quaid


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Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, National Teaching Fellow 2020

I am Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and research lead for the BSc Sociology team. I research Sociology of Families, Emotions in Research Practice – see Working Paper No.4 in CASS Working paper series, Critical Pedagogies and Difficult Moments Teaching Inequalities.

I am a member of the British Sociological Association and Association for National Teaching Fellows. My collaboration with community arts and artists locally enables interdisciplinary and participatory knowledge exchange through public engagement events.

I gained my MA Women's Studies (Applied) at University of Bradford. I went on to complete my PG Cert HE and PhD at University of Sunderland. My published research includes; fatherhood and parental leave in Sweden and UK; reproductive autonomy and choice with minority sexualities; learning and teaching approaches and teaching diversity in a diverse world.

My pedagogical approach is shaped by creation of powerful learning environments, where I use co construction techniques. My approach to curricula development includes 'threshold concepts', interdisciplinary approaches, arts-based learning and visual teaching methods.

My current research projects include:


Fellowships:

  • Senior Fellow Advance HE 
  • National Teaching Fellow 2020
  • Member of Association of National Teaching Fellows


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Teaching and supervision

I teach students on BSc (Hons) Sociology and MSc Inequality and Society

Module Leader:

  • SSC 331 Changing Worlds : Understanding Globalised Society, Work and Identities in the 21st Century
  • SSC336 The Cultural Turn in Sociology (Analysis of Popular Culture, Film and literature)
  • SSC M25 Inequalities, Diversity and Intersectionality: Theory and Practice 
  • SSC M44 Sex, Citizenship and the State

I teach:
    • Gender, Diversity and Human Rights: Global Perspectives (Level 5)
    • Sex, Families and Construction of Personal Lives (Level 5)

Research interests for potential research students

Supervision for PhD projects:

  • Domestic Violence
  • The use of ICT in High School Education
  • Pregnancy, Maternity leave and Discrimination experienced by Women on Return to Work
  • Women Balancing Academia and Motherhood 


Interested to supervise and would welcome proposals for further projects on:

  • Experiences of Children raised in same sex parental families
  • Domestic violence
  • Feminist praxis, gender, class, ethnic and disability inequalities and human rights
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Co Construction of Learning in Higher Education

Research

My MA in Women's Studies (Applied) included exploration of the Criminal Justice response to women who kill violent partners. I was later on the editorial team for two edited collections on the issues of domestic violence and child abuse.

My first major project in the North East was a collaborative study with University of Sunderland and University of Gothenburg on Fatherhood and Masculinities which explored men and women's perceptions of fatherhood. My PhD research focused on families with the focus on lesbian couples, motherhood and parental/family identities.  

Since then, I have delivered conference papers on: motherhood social impact of reproductive technologies, feminist methodologies, ethnicity culture and familial identities, 'race', ethnicity, culture, families and emotionality in research practice.   

ESRC Festivals of Social Sciences included Mum's the Word: Celebrating Motherhood Voices and my current collaboration with Thought Foundation Community Arts project is a series of events on Nature Nurture Future.

Current research project: Pedagogies, Diversity and Difficult Moments in Teaching and Learning. This work explores the difficult issues in classroom identity dynamics when teaching diversity in a diverse world.

Currently exploring collaboration with independent artists and science academics to explore the health and wellbeing impacts of gardens on care of hospital patients, staff and families.

Publications

Number of items: 40.

Article

Quaid, Sheila and Williams, Helen (2021) Troubling Knowledges and Difficult Pedagogical Moments for Students Learning. International Journal of Inclusive Education. ISSN 1464-5173

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Vote 100. British Sociological Association Blog.

Quaid, Sheila and Ravetz, Joe (1992) An Expert System to Advise on Sex and Marital Discrimination. Information Technology and the Human Services., 6 (3). pp. 5-11. ISSN 0959-0684

Book Section

Quaid, Sheila, Hugman, Catriona and Wilcock, Angela (2021) Introduction: Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century. In: Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century: Exploring Diversity , Social Change and Inequalities. Routledge. ISBN 9780367483401 (In Press)

Quaid, Sheila, Hugman, Catriona and Wilcock, Angela (2021) Looking Ahead: What does this mean for the sociology of families and personal lives in the future? In: Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century: Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. Routledge. ISBN 9780367483401 (In Press)

Quaid, Sheila (2021) Negotiating Identities and Kinship in Lesbian Parental Couples. In: Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century: Exploring Diversity , Social Change and Inequalities. Routledge. ISBN 9780367483401 (In Press)

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Mothering in an Age of Austerity. In: Austerity Policies – Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-79119-7

Quaid, Sheila (2017) Reflections on Reading Spare Rib: Personal and Political. In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Quaid, Sheila (2013) Lesbian Mothering and Risky Choices; ‘Dangerous’ New forms of love and kinship. In: Constructing Risky Identities. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137276070

Quaid, Sheila (2001) The Criminal Justice Response to Women who Kill. In: Home Truths about Domestic Violence. Routledge, London, pp. 153-167. ISBN 9780415241564

Quaid, Sheila (2001) The criminal justice response to women who kill An interview with Helena Kennedy Sheila Quaid and Catherine Itzin. In: Home Truths About Domestic Violence. Routledge. ISBN 9780415241564

Smith, Angela and Quaid, Sheila Introduction to Re-Reading Spare Rib. In: Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7

Monograph

Wilcock, Angela and Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology CASS. Working Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Kearney, Jeremy, Mansson, Sven-Axel, Plantin, Lars and Quaid, Sheila (2000) Fatherhood and Masculinities A comparative study of the ideals and realities of fatherhood and masculinity in Britain and Sweden. Project Report. University of Sunderland Press, Centre for research and Practice University of Sunderland.

Conference or Workshop Item

Quaid, Sheila (2022) Critical and Visual Sociological Pedagogies. In: BSA Annual Conference 2022: Building Equality and Justice Now, 20 Apr 2022, Online.

Quaid, Sheila, Williams, Helen and Wilcock, Angela (2022) Do we need the HE classroom in Social Sciences to be a safe space or a discomforting space ? Research from the teacher perspective. In: CASS Public Seminar Series, 26 Jan 2022, University of Sunderland. (In Press)

Quaid, Sheila and Williams, Helen (2021) Troubling Knowledges and Difficult Pedagogical Moments for Students Learning. In: Knowledge Exchange for Learning and Teaching in HE |Three Rivers Conference, 25 June 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila and Connelly, Sarah (2021) Visual Research Practice and Sociology Teaching: Sociology Theory and the Use of Cinematic Film. In: Annual Faculty of Education & Society Staff Research Conference, 14 June 2021, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila and Connelly, Sarah (2021) Visual Research Practice and Sociology Teaching: Sociology Theory and the Use of Cinematic Film. In: Professions-Facing 3rd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Staff Research Conference, 14 Jun 2021, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2021) The Future, Reproductive Autonomy, Choice and Care: Narratives on life and future from women who are not mothers. In: British Sociology Association Annual Conference 2021, 13 April 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2020) Care, Choice, Reproductive Autonomy and the Future: The case of M/otherhood. In: CASS Seminar Series, 28 Oct 2020, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2019) M/Otherhood: We are all invested in the Future: Narratives from Women who are not Mothers. In: Parenting: Nature Nurture Future 3, 9 November 2019, Thought Foundation Community Arts Birtley Gateshead.

Quaid, Sheila (2019) International focus on Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. In: XI AFIN International Conference: Towards Reproductive (IN)Justice?: Mobilities, Technologies, Labourings & Decisions, 2nd to 6th September 2019, University of Granada Spain.

Quaid, Sheila (2019) Interdisciplinarity and The Power of the Visual in Research Practice and in Sociological Pedagogy. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 26/4/19 #britsoc2019, 26/4/19, Glasgow Caledonian University. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2019) Equality, Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference Glasgow Caledonian University 25/4/19 #britsoc2019, 23- 26th April 2019, Glascow Caledonian University.

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018 - Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families: Poster presentation. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila and Wilcock, Angela (2016) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Post Graduate Forum Closer to Home: Emotional Dilemmas in Research., 15 May 2016, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Identities and Kinship in Donor Conceived Lesbian Led Families. In: Making parents? Parenting culture meets reproductive technology at Roehampton conference, 11 Dec 2015, University of Roehampton. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: University of Sunderland Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 3 Jul 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Has Homophobia Decreased Since the 1980s? In: Student Union Conference for International Day Against Homophobia, 15 May 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Defining the Self: Identities, Interconnections, Kinship and Belonging in Lesbian Led Families. In: The British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015, 15-17 Apr 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: The North East Three Rivers Consortium 2015, 27 Mar 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Mothering under Austerity. In: NRF Third Seminar Series 2015-16, 28 Jan 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Book

Quaid, Sheila, Hugman, Catriona and Wilcock, Angela (2021) Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century: Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. Sociological Futures . Routledge, UK. ISBN 9780367483401 (In Press)

Hammer, Jalna, Itzin, Catherine, Quaid, Sheila and Wigglesworth, Debra (2000) Home Truths about Domestic Violence : Feminist Influences on Policy and practice - A Reader. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415241564

Quaid, Sheila (1988) Women and men in Lancashire Polytechnic. Lancashire Polytechnic Press.

Thesis

Quaid, Sheila (2008) Finding a Place: Negotiating Lesbian Parental Identities. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

Other

Quaid, Sheila, Wilcock, Angela and Hugman, Catriona (2022) Blog - Negotiating families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century, Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. British Sociology Society, UK.

Quaid, Sheila (2016) Mums the Word. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Wed Jul 6 19:04:05 2022 BST.
  • Equality and diversity
  • Sociology of families
  • Gender
  • Sexualities
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity and 'race' in family studies
  • Pedagogy for empowerment 
  • Feminist standpoint methodologies

Last updated 21 June 2022