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Jillian Hart

Jillian Hart
Name
Jillian Hart
Address
24 Buccleuch Place, 4th Floor attic offices, Edinburgh EH8 9LN
Email
Research Interests
Methodological innovations, virtual/online methods, Networking and Mapping, Biographical narrative, Research methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Ethics, reflexivity in research
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/people/research_students2/jillian_hart

Jillian has tutored and taught on a variety of courses at the University of Edinburgh since 2015.  She is currently teaching on the Research Design in Politics and International Relations course, and is additionally the Senior tutor on the Designing and Doing Social Research course.  She has taught on a variety of Social Science based courses and in 2017/2018 she was nominated for the best Postgraduate Tutor award.  She has further held a variety of research assistant posts in a number of institutions across Scotland, which have examined a range of topics.   She is currently finishing and writing her PhD thesis, which focuses on methodological innovation and exploring new ways of investigation.  Specifically asking,  is combining methods superficially attractive but challenging in practice? 

Jillian's thesis critically examines and questions if we (as social scientistis) are 'stuck in a rut' with our data collection methods?   Her thesis critically deconstructs and reflects on combining three discrete methods. 

Jillian's research engages with methods, methodology, research framework/design, reflexivity, combining qualitative research methods, and positionality in research. 

Education and awards

  • PhD in Sociology (current) 
    Title: Is methodological innovation superficially attractive but challenging in practice?  
    National Centre for Research Methods
  • Masters of Science (MSc) Degree in Social Research Methods, University of Dundee, 2012 (with Merit).
  • Masters of Arts (MA) Degree in Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee, 2009

Teaching and tutoring

  • Senior Tutor for the Designing and Doing Social Research course 2019-2020
  • Tutor on Research Design in Politics and International Relations course 2019-2020
  • Tutor on Geography, Science and Civil Society course 2018-2019
  • Tutor on Research Design in Geography 2018-2019
  • Tutor on Research Design and Methods course 2018-2019
  • Tutor on The Sociological Immagination course 2018-2019
  • Tutor on 1st and 2nd year Sociology courses 2018-2019
  • Nominated for Best Postgraduate Tutor 2017-2018
  • Tutor on Designing and Doing Social Research course 2017-2018
  • Tutor on Designing and Doing Social Research course 2016-2017

Research Roles/Posts

  • R A, Teenage Cancer Trust. Project: Evaluation of Teenage Cancer Trust Way Forward, 2015
  • R A, University of Stirling, School of Health Sciences.  Project: The use of cardiac rehabilitation services to aid the recovery of colorectal cancer, 2014 - 2015
  • R A, University of Stirling and University of Dundee, School of Medicine. Project: Mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: A randomised controlled trial, 2013

Recent publications

  • Hart, J, 2015. Merry Thesis and a Happy Research Project. BioMed Central Open Access Publisher. BioMed Central Blog
  • Hart, J, 2015. How do you feel now you've started your PhD. BioMed Central Open Access Publisher - BioMed Central Blog
  • Hart, J, 2015. Starting your PhD and finding your feet. BioMed Central Open Access Publisher - BioMed Central Blog
  • Hart, J, 2014. The nuts and bolts of peer review: what are the benefits for an early career researcher?  In BioMed Central Open Access Publisher - BioMed Central Blog and LSE Impact of Social Sciences: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/02/18/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-peer-review/

Memberships & Other Activity

  •  Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  •  Part of the Social Network Analysis Scotland group (SNAS)
  •  Guest blogger for Open Access Publisher BioMed
  • Nominated for Best Postgraduate Tutor at the University of Edinburgh 2017-2018