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Ruth Barley

Dr Ruth Barley Bth, MRes, PgCLTHE HEA

Senior Lecturer In Sociology


I am a sociology lecturer in the Faculty of Development and Society with research interests in diversity and inclusion. My 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.

  • About

    I also have methodological interests in developing participatory research practices with children and also in working with cultural minority groups.

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

    Teaching Interests

    Research methodology - including ethnography and research with young children

    Equality and Diversity




    Public Health

    Families and kinship

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Research

    • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Furey, R.; Kay, J.; Barley, R.; Cripps, C.; Shipton, L.; and Stiell, B. (2010) Developing ethical guidelines for safeguarding children during social research. Research Ethics Review Vol. 6 No. 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 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.

    Barley, R. (2013). Using Ethnography to Uncover Children's Perspectives. In Sage Research Methods Cases. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. DOI:

  • Other activities

    I am the UCU Equality Officer.

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