Dr Wendy Podd

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Senior Lecturer of Social Studies and Criminology

I have worked in voluntary and statutory sector youth work projects since 1995, working with young people aged 14 -25 across a range of Youth Work settings. I've been a volunteer with a Sail Training organisation since 1998, as a second mate supporting young people learning to sail and have taken part in a number of Tall Ships races.

During this period, my practice has involved the design and implementation of innovative approaches that centre upon engaging young people to promote personal, social and enterprise skills development. I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2005 in Community and Youth Work. Prior to becoming an Academic Tutor and PhD student in 2006, I was involved in setting up a branch for a homeless charity in the North East of England. Shortly after completing my PhD in 2014, examining local authority practice and youth forums activities in the North East of England, I became a full time member of staff. I primarily teach Social Policy related subjects and qualitative research methods.

Teaching and supervision

I have been involved in teaching and learning at the University of Sunderland since 2006. In that time, I have made a substantial contribution to a number of modules including; Social Theory, Substance Misuse, Gender and Inequality, Politics and Policy, History and Development of Youth Work.

At masters level, I have contributed to Information Advice and Guidance and as a guest lecturer at Durham University for the MA in Community Work. I am currently module leader for:

SSC 102 Social Problems 
  • SSC 224 Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
  • SSC 320 Justice for Young People

I also contribute to teaching and supervision for;

  • SSC 113 Qualitative Research Methods
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Health and Social Care Dissertation

Research interests for potential research students

My undergraduate dissertation examined young peoples involvement in regeneration programmes across the UK. My PhD undertook an in depth analysis of young peoples participation in local authority, service and policy decisions making in the North East of England. My research interest include, Participation and Regeneration, Young Peoples' Issues and Rights, Social Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Poverty, 'Race' and Class, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Areas of expertise

Key areas include:

Social Constructions of 'Youth', Social Policy, Participation, Regeneration and Critcal Realism.

Further information

Professional Recognition

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy