DR SARA WHEELER

Bangor University : Applied Social Policy

DR SARA WHEELER

Bangor University : Applied Social Policy

Before being appointed as a lecturer for the Coleg Sara worked as a Research Associate with the WISERD project: Researching Civic Participation in Wales, in place and over time. She previously worked at the Universities of Chester, Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Glyndŵr University, and is studying towards a HEA Associate Fellowship there.

Originally from Wrexham, she has worked on a variety of research projects in health and disease, including behavioural epidemiology and the nocturnal environment; successful type 1 diabetes management in adolescents; use of alternative therapies to treat insomnia in patients who are in cancer remission; junior doctor leadership and teamwork; and habilitation training for children and young people with visual impairment.

Before beginning her academic research career she worked in equalities, and in a range of roles involving childcare and education in a bilingual context, including in Catalonia and the Basque Country.

She also worked for nine years as a Public Appointments Independent Assessor for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Subject / Speciality

  • Research methodology in the social sciences, especially qualitative and postmodern methodology, including ethnography, self-ethnography and poetics.
  • Sociology of Health and disease, including addiction and dependency.
  • Studies of deafness.
  • Identity, belonging, community, nationalism, devolution, language and culture
  • Sociology and anthropology.