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Clare Lushey

Clare Lushey

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences


Clare is a Research Fellow for the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families. Her role involves identifying and securing research funding; undertaking research studies and evaluations; and disseminating research findings and contributing to research impact.

Clare is also a PhD student in the Social Science Department and is researching women's uses of and self-presentation on Instagram and similarities with women's magazines. Clare is supervised by Professor Carrie Paechter and Dr Stefanie Petschick.

Career overview

Clare graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with an upper second class honours degree in Social Work and Welfare Studies. She later obtained a Masters in Health Promotion (University of Central Lancashire).

Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University, Clare was a Research Associate at Loughborough University where she undertook research studies and evaluations of interventions that aimed to promote positive outcomes for adolescents and young people. Clare also taught on the Criminology and Social Policy undergraduate degree, Sociology undergraduate degree and the postgraduate Masters in Research Methods. Before this Clare was a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham and a Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.

Research areas

Clare is currently working on the evaluation of the Small Steps Big Changes programme in Nottingham; and is undertaking research exploring women's uses of and self-presentation on Instagram and similarities with women's magazines.

Clare has particular expertise in the peer research methodology. Peer research is a participatory research method which Clare has used several times. Clare has published two articles about peer research and developed a video with SAGE Publications for use in higher education institutions. She continues to use the peer research approach in her research and to share this expertise with others.

Clare has a particular interest in gender and media. She is especially interested in women's uses of and self-presentation on Instagram and has taught on this subject, including delivering lectures on: ‘Women's Self-Presentation on Instagram’ for the undergraduate Sociology degree, ‘Instagram and Influencer Culture’ for the undergraduate Media Communications and Culture degree, and 'How Fashion and Beauty Influencers Borrow from Traditional Media' for the undergraduate Fashion Marketing and Branding degree. Clare also supervises undergraduate Sociology students’ dissertations that are focused on social media.


Selected publications:


Lushey, C (2020) Book review 'Instagram: Visual social media cultures by Leaver T, Highfield T and Abidin C (2020)', The European Journal of Communication Research, p. 1-3.

Lushey, C. (2017) SAGE Research Methods Cases. Peer research methodology: challenges and solutions. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing.

Lushey, C. and Munro, ER. (2014) Participatory peer research methodology: An effective method for obtaining young people’s perspectives on transitions from care to adulthood? Qualitative Social Work, 14, 521-537.

Bellis, MA., Hennell, T., Lushey, C., Hughes, K., Tocque, K. Ashton, JR. (2007) Elvis to Eminem: quantifying the price of fame through early mortality of European and North American rock and pop stars. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 61, 896-901.

Conference papers:

Nottingham Trent University's School of Social Science Annual Research Conference (forthcoming). Poster presentation: 'How do women use and self-present on Instagram and how is this similar to their consumption of women's fashion and lifestyle magazines and the presentation of women in these magazines?'

Nottingham Trent University Doctoral Students’ Research Festival (Nottingham, 2019). Poster presentation: ‘How do women experience and react to women’s magazines and Instagram?’


Lushey, C. (2018). Exploring transitions from state care to adulthood using peer research methodology [Streaming video]. SAGE Research Methods.