Nataly Birbeck | Doctoral Trainee

Nataly Birbeck

I’m currently a researcher in Digital Civics at Open Lab.

I did an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Newcastle University, graduating in 2011. I used a Bourdieusian framework for my dissertation and focused upon the social implications of eating practices, looking specifically at vegetarianism. My research explored the notions of identity linked to vegetarianism and the forms of censure vegetarians experienced. I continued my research into vegetarianism during an MSc in Sociological Research at The University of Manchester, concentrating upon male vegetarians and gendered eating practices.

For the last year I have been working as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences at York St John University. I have recently been involved in a project that explored the nature and prevalence of bullying in UK P.E. lessons. In addition to this, I helped to create a theatre production to encourage positive online behaviours in children and young people.

I am particularly interested in mental health challenges and how digital technologies can create a platform for individuals to interact and help those who need it.

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