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I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS). Based within the Evidence and Innovation Hub, my role contributes to the organisation’s goal to work with professionals at all levels to improve practice development and delivery in order to improve the experiences of infants, children, and young people. My role includes:
- undertaking primary research using qualitative methods to understand the impact of professional practices on infants, children, and young people who are looked after;
- informing the organisation’s evidence base, through primary and secondary research, which contributes to strategic policy engagement; and
- evaluating the impact of CELCIS programmes with professionals involved in children’s care and protection.
My research interests include the creation and performance of identity and feelings of belonging, particularly in relation to children and young people who are marginalised or experience discrimination. I approach my work from an equalities and children’s rights perspective, with an interest in informing policy and practice improvements.
My research experience includes eight years leading on LGBT Youth Scotland’s research direction as Policy and Research Manager, and two as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. My doctoral thesis focused on how Scottish Government and a third sector organisation elicited and employed particular understandings of ‘Scottishness’ and equality within race equality education initiatives.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Equality Works: How One Race Equality Centre Conceptualises, Articulates and Performs the Idea of Equality in Scotland., University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 4 Jul 2011
Master of Research, The Grinning Highlander: Heritage and Identity in a Scottish Tourist Souvenir. , University of St Andrews
Award Date: 27 Nov 2003
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, with High Honors, Brandeis University
Award Date: 26 May 2002
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Voluntary Care Arrangements for Children and Families in Scotland: Learning from the use, understanding, and experience of Section 25.
1/04/22 → 31/10/24
14/12/20 → 29/01/21
Project: Internally funded project
Lough Dennell, B. L., McGhee, K. & Porter, R., 28 Mar 2022, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 49 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Testing Change Ideas to Improve Permanence Timescales for Looked After Children: Experiences of the Two Week Planning MeetingLough Dennell, B. L., Apr 2021, Glasgow : University of Strathclyde. 23 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile15 Downloads (Pure)