White Rose DTC PhD researchers in the News

Lee Johnson (Socio-legal Studies Pathway, University of Leeds) was interviewed on the Morning Show on local BBC Radio in Lincolnshire as the programme was discussing recent figures from Lincolnshire Police around the number of police officers assaulted in the last year. Lee discussed his ongoing research, how he is approaching it and what he is looking to achieve, and commented on the figures and his own experiences of being assaulted in his role as a police officer. Lee is using qualitative methods (observational fieldwork and interviews with serving police officers) in his research to study assaults against police officers, considering the factors and interactions which explain their occurrence as well as connecting assaults to existing police theory and the modern role of police officers. As well as this, Lee’s study considers the dark figure of assaults and the boundaries that police officers employ when deciding whether to arrest for an assault and how police officers seek to control potentially violent incidents.

cosmeticsAn article by Suhaili Ramli (Management and Business Pathway, University of York) has appeared on both the printed and online version of The Star, an English-language newspaper from Malaysia, part of the Asia News Network. The article describes the demand for halal cosmetics by Muslim women. Suhaili’s PhD research, whose title is “Immigrant Entrepreneurs on the World’s Successful Global Brands in the Cosmetic Industry”, is a comparative study about the history of cosmetic brands created by immigrants and non-immigrants in the US.

While working on her data analysis, Suhaili found some interesting information on the evolution of global cosmetic brands. Her data revealed that the trend of global cosmetics industry shows increasing interest from global brands on 1) sustainability and green cosmetics, 2) niche market in ethnic-focused and halal-cosmetic. Suhaili presented her findings on sustainability at the White Rose DTC Business and Management, Accounting and Finance and Work Psychology Conference in Sheffield, and wrote about the halal niche market in The Star. Suhaili presented and wrote about these findings outside of her PhD thesis because she wanted to inform the conference audience and newspaper readers about the significance and impact of her study.

An article by George Wilson (Socio-legal Studies Pathway, University of Leeds) was published on the Huffington Post (UK) on 13th May 2015, discussing the future of the National Minimum Wage after the recent British General Election. George also authored a post on the Conversation website on 9th July 2015, commenting on the national living wage in light of the recent budget plans by the Government. George’s research focuses on the possibility for a Union-wide Minimum Wage in Europe.

Wasim Ahmedblog post by Wasim Ahmed, PhD researcher at the Information School, University of Sheffield (Science and Technology Studies Pathway) on ‘Using Twitter as a Data Source’ in the social sciences, has recently been published on the LSE impact blog. Wasim has been making an impact with his research through social media. He has created a PhD blog with selected posts appearing on Google Scholar, and has started to actively tweet about his research. Wasim is the Twitter Manager for the NatCen Social Research network ‘New Social Media New Social Science’ (NSMNSS). This is a network of over 3,500 scholars. He also has posts appearing on the NatCen Social Research NSMNSS. He has been invited to, and found out about events via Twitter where organizers have been able to cover travel costs in exchange for impact activities, such as a Social Data event at Twitter HQ, London, for which he wrote this report (which was cited in an LSE Impact blog post), and the Selfie Citizenship Workshop, for which he wrote this blog post. Wasim has also been collaborating on research projects with researchers from Australia to Canada with whom he connected with via Twitter. Wasim is also the social media strategist for @iFutures2015, a student run PhD conference, which recently held a Twitter chat, a first for the department, and this was moderated by Wasim. He is also the social media strategist for the @DataPowerConf for which he won a fee waiver to attend. Wasim’s research has been mentioned on the DiscoverText blog, the Information School’s blog, and the ihawkes blog. Wasim regularly creates stories of workshops and conferences which can be found on his Storify page.

Wasim’s PhD research focuses on user generated content on online platforms such as Twitter to gain a better understanding of how users respond to epidemics and pandemics.

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