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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Ms Bea Gardner BA (Hons), MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Bea is a third year postgraduate research student within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton. Bea is a seminar lead on SOCI1014 'an introduction to social theory'.

My substantive research focuses on frontline professionals coping strategies to austerity and what this means for policy implementation in the future

Bea is currently conducting a longitudinal, qualitative research project with practitioners involved in children's safeguarding practices, focusing on how they have responded to the unprecedented challenges generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bea is a former children's advocate and has an MSc in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Southampton and a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies, awarded by the University of Portsmouth.

Bea is supervised by Dr Rebecca Taylor and Professor Rosalind Edwards and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the South-Coast Doctoral Training Partnership.

Research interests

  • UK Child protection planning
  • Delivery-level coping strategies
  • UK public sector work

PhD Research topic
Gatekeeping practices in the UK public sector

Ms Bea Gardner
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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