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Clare Lushey

Clare Lushey

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences


Clare is a Research Fellow for the Centre for Policy, Citizenship and Society. 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 her doctoral study aims to gain an understanding of women’s experiences of using Instagram and of reading women’s magazines and in particular: how women consume content on Instagram and in women’s magazines; the value placed on content on Instagram and in women’s magazines and the extent to which it is influential; and women’s self-presentation on Instagram. 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) and was recently made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Nottingham Trent University).

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. 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 engagement 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 articles on this topic 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 how women use traditional and modern media. She is especially interested in women's uses of and self-presentation on Instagram and engagement with women's magazines 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., Jameel, A., Law, S., and Rathore, G. (2022). Peer Researchers Working Remotely Online: Experiences and Challenges. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing.

Tura, F., Wood, C., Thompson, R. and Lushey, C. (2021) Evaluating the impact of book gifting on the reading behaviours of parents on young children. Early Years, 1-16

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:

Gender matters: challenges and opportunities in social science gender research (NTU, Nottingham, July 2022). Oral presentation: ‘Women’s Self Presentation on Instagram’.

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