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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Mrs Rachel Ayrton 

Postgraduate Researcher

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Mrs Rachel Ayrton is a final year doctoral research student within Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

MA Theological and Religious Studies (2:i), Cambridge, 2005
Professional Certificate in Management, Open University, 2010
MSc Sociology and Social Research (Distinction), Southampton, 2012

I am a Postgraduate Researcher jointly funded by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. My three paper PhD considers the history and current prospects of the social survey method in light of the shifting data environment; how trust is conceptualised and what creative methods can add to theory development; and what role trust plays in narratives surrounding national independence movements in the lead up to a referendum.

Prior to postgraduate study I worked for 6 years in the UK regeneration sector, with roles in community development and project management as part of urban neighbourhood renewal programmes in Southampton (NDC) and London (Enfield Council). I have also undertaken consultancy work in community development and managed the Census Coverage Survey in Southampton (2011).


Research interests

Poverty, wellbeing and vulnerability; Lived experiences in conflict-affected environments; Post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation; Trust theory and methodologies; Sociology of violence; Community development; Urban regeneration; Mixed methods research; Biographical and participatory qualitative research methods; historical methods; sub-Saharan Africa region.

PhD Research:
Working title: A reflexive sociology for data-rich and data-poor societies and the integrated development of theory and methodology.

Professor Rosalind Edwards & Professor Nyovani Madise

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre; ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

Research group

National Centre for Research Methods

Research project(s)

A ladder to success? Understanding access to, and the value of, apprenticeships in care homes


Seminar Tutor:

Understanding Everyday Life (2013, 2014, 2015)

Foundations in Social Theory (2014, 2016)

Understanding Other Cultures (2012)

Social Problems and Social Policy (2014)

Mrs Rachel Ayrton
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