Researcher Biography

Emma is a PhD Candidate (Sociology) and a Research Assistant in the Child Development, Education and Care Group (Thorpe) at the Institute for Social Science Research. Her Honours thesis investigated children’s experiences of well-being in childcare. Her PhD thesis examines the relaxation and spiritual well-being experiences of young children who attend Early Childhood Education and Care. As a research assistant in the Thorpe Group with expertise in qualitative research she has worked across a range of projects, assisting with study design, ethics applications, recruitment, data collection and analyses, research and writing publications.  

    PhD Topic:

    Children’s experiences of spiritual wellbeing and relaxation in Early Childhood Education and Care


    • Dr Sally Staton (Principal)
    • Dr Andrew Clarke (Associate)
    • Professor Karen Thorpe (Associate)

    Research interests: 

    • Sociology of childhood
    • Sociology of health and illness
    • Childcare
    • Relaxation
    • Well-being
    • Qualitative and visual participatory methodologies