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Dr Wendy Podd

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Programme Leader for Sociology BSc Hons

From 1995 to 2005, I worked as a Youth and Community worker in voluntary and statutory sector settings, with young people aged 14 -25. During this period, I focused upon the design and implementation of innovative approaches that promoted the personal, social and enterprise skills development of young people. Between 2003 and 2005, I was the coordinator of Hendon Keyfund Initiative and board member of the New Deal for Communities programme, advocating children and young people's rights. 

I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2005, with a degree in Community and Youth Work.  In 2006, I became the first Community and Youth Work PhD student at the University and began teaching as an Academic Tutor.  I completed my PhD in 2013, titled 'Mechanism and Opportunities for Participation: local authority services and youth forums in the North East of England'.  In 2018, I became Programme Leader for Sociology BSc (Hons) and gained Senior Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy in 2019.

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 113 Applied Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SSC 224 Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
  • SSC 308 Sociology Dissertation

I also contribute to teaching and supervision for:

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Health and Social Care Dissertation
  • MA Practice Development

Research interests for potential research students

My undergraduate dissertation examined young people's involvement in regeneration programmes across the UK. My PhD undertook an in depth analysis of young people's participation in local authority, service and policy decisions making in the North East of England.


My research interests include: Participation and Regeneration, Young Peoples' Issues and Rights, Social Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Poverty, 'Race' and Class, and Qualitative Research Methods.


Number of items: 2.


Macdonald, Stephen J, Peacock, Donna, Cosgrove, Faye and Podd, Wendy (2020) ‘The Silence’: Examining the missing voices of disabled people in police custody. Disability & Society. ISSN 0968-7599

Book Section

Podd, Wendy (2010) Participation. In: What id Youth Work. Sage Publishing, London, pp. 20-32. ISBN 9781844454662

This list was generated on Fri May 29 06:57:57 2020 BST.

Social Constructions of 'Youth', Social Policy, Participation and Regeneration, Qualitative Research Methods, Teaching and Learning.

Professional Recognition
  • I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Youth and Community Work - National Youth Agency (NYA) Accredited

Last updated 03 December 2019