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Nataly Birbeck

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Nataly Birbeck

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.

I have worked as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences at York St John University, and 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.

Thesis Title

A critical examination of participatory methods in the design of technologies for self-harm and dementia

The Digital Civics CDT is made possible by EPSRC funding under the project code EP/L016176/1