Dr Ruth Barley

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Senior lecturer

Phone 0114 225 5585
E-mail r.barley@shu.ac.uk

Ruth Barley is a sociology lecturer in the Faculty of Development and Society with research interests in identity, diversity and inclusion.

Ruth’s broad research interests lie within the area of cultural diversity, identity and inclusion and more specifically in relation to how children conceptualise and operationalise identity and the impact that this has on their development. This interest spans a number of different areas within the social sciences including education, families and public health. Ruth also has methodological interests in developing participatory research practices with children and also in working with cultural minority groups.

Prior to joining the sociology department Ruth worked as a researcher with the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) for two and a half years, where she was involved in a number of different educational research projects. Ruth continues to be affiliated with CEIR. As well as her research work within CEIR she also has links with the Centre for Health and Social Care Research (CHSCR) at Sheffield Hallam University. She has recently finished working on a JRF funded project with colleagues in CHSCR looking at Ethnic Diversity in UK Social Research.

Selected publications

Barley, R.; Bath, C. (2013 online) ‘The importance of familiarisation when doing research with young children’ Ethnography and Education

Pantiru, S.; Jolley, S.; Barley, R. (2012) ‘Strengths and limitations of a learner-centred approach to teaching research methods’ Student Engagement and Experience Journal 1(3) 1-15.

Barley, R. (2012) Why Familiarise? Social Research Update. No. 62.

Salway, S.; Barley, R.; Allmark, P.; Gerrish, K.; Higginbottom, G.; Johnson, MRD.; Ellison, George GTH (2011) Enhancing the quality of published research on ethnicity and health: is journal guidance feasible and useful? Diversity in Health and Care 8(3)155-165

Salway, S.; Barley, R.; Allmark, P.; Gerrish, K.; Higginbottom, G.; Ellison, GTH (2011) Can the quality of social research on ethnicity be improved through the introduction of guidance? Findings from a commissioning pilot exercise. International Journal of Research Methodology. August 2011 pp 1-17.

Salway, S.; Barley, R.; Allmark, P.; Gerrish, K.; Higginbottom, G.; Ellison, G (2011) Ethnic diversity and inequality: ethical and scientific rigour in social research. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ISBN: 978 1 85935 808 5

Allmark, P, Salway, S, Piercy, H, Barley, R, Faulkner, M, Formby, E, Grimsley, M, Hyde, M, Karlsen, S and McClimens, A (2010). Life and Health: An evidence review and synthesis for the Equality and Human Rights Commission's triennial review. Technical Report. Sheffield, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Allmark, P, Salway, S, Crisp, R and Barley, R (2010). Ethnic minority customers of the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service: an evidence review. Research report (Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions) (684). London, Department for Work and Pensions.

Salway, S, Allmark, P, Barley, R, Higginbottom, G, Gerrish, K, Ellison, G (2010) Researching Ethnic Inequalities. In Social Research Update Number 58, March 2010

Salway, S, Allmark, P, Barley, R, Higginbottom, G, Gerrish, K and Ellison, G (2009). Researching ethnic inequalities. Social Sciences Research Update, 58, 1-4.

Barley, R. and Salway, S. (2009) Social research for our multi-ethnic society: are researchers adequately trained and supported? Social Research Association Newsletter September, 2009.

Barley R (2009) University of Leeds Case Study: Linking outward and inward mobility. For the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

Barley, R (2009) Leeds Metropolitan University Case Study: Linking outward and inward mobility. For UKCISA.

Tang, N, Nollent, A, Barley, R, Wolstenholme, C (2009) Linking outward and inward mobility - how raising the international horizons of UK students enhances the international student experience on the UK campus commissioned by UKCISA

Salway, S, Allmark, P, Barley, R, Higginbottom, G, Gerrish, K, Ellison, G (2009) Social research for a multiethnic population: do the research ethics and standards guidelines of UK Learned Societies address this challenge? In Twenty-First Century Society Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences Vol 4, Issue 1, Feb 2009

McCaig, C, Bowers-Brown, T, Slack, K, Barley, R, Adnett, N, Cripps, C, Wolstenholme, C, Willis, B (2008) Schwartz Report - Review 2008 For Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA)
Download reports from SPA website (including executive summary and conclusions, research findings, themes and good practice case studies)