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 how women experience and react to women’s magazines and Instagram. She is particularly interested in to what extent women’s magazines and Instagram influence women’s identity and lifestyle behaviours. 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 a Diploma in Drug Use and Addiction (Liverpool John Moores 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 children, young people and families. 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 the evaluation manager on the evaluation of the Small Steps Big Changes programme in Nottingham. Prior to this she undertook evaluations of initiatives that aimed to improve young peoples’ care experiences and transitions from care to independence; and carried out research exploring local drug and alcohol trends, treatment services and interventions.

Clare has particular expertise in evaluations, having undertaken a number of national and local evaluations, and 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, to what extent women’s magazines and Instagram influence women’s identity and lifestyle behaviours, and how their experiences and reactions may differ according to their intersectional identities (e.g. social class, age, ethnicity and sexuality).


Selected publications:

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

Lushey, C., Barlow, J., Rayns, G. and Ward, H. (2017). Assessing parental capacity when there are concerns about an unborn child: pre-birth 

assessment guidance and practice in England. Child Abuse Review, 27, 97–107.

Lushey C., Holmes L. and McDermid S. (2017). Normalising Post adoption Support for All.  Child and Family Social Work, 1–9.

Lushey, C., Hyde-Dryden, G., Holmes, L. and Blackmore, J. (2017) Evaluation of the No Wrong Door Innovation Programme. Research report. London: Department for Education.

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.

Munro, ER., Lushey, C, National Care Advisory Service (NCAS)., Maskell-Graham, D. and Ward H. (2012) Evaluation of Staying Put: 18+ Family Placement Programme Pilot: Final Report. London: Department for Education.

Munro, ER., Ward, H., Lushey, C. and National Care Advisory Service. (2011) Evaluation of the Right2BCared4 pilots: Final report. London: Department for Education.

Jones, L., James, M., Jefferson, T., Lushey, C., Morleo, M., Stokes, E., Sumnall, H., Witty, K. and Bellis, M. (2007) A review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions delivered in primary and secondary schools to prevent and/or reduce alcohol use by young people under 18 years old. Report for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Liverpool: Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University.

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.