Department of Social Work and Social Care

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Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Post:Lecturer in Social Work (Social Work and Social Care)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 121

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678569
International:+44 1273 678569

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I joined the University of Sussex in September 2011 as a Lecturer in Social Work. My background is in social psychology and I have carried out research in the areas of children’s welfare (broadly defined) and children’s social policy. I have worked on a number of local and national evaluation of programmes for youth development and inclusion, child and adolescent mental health promotion, and for children and young people who have experienced domestic violence. I am interested in how children’s agency is constructed and performed within childhood and youth spaces, and how children exercise, or otherwise, that agency by, for example, giving voice to issues that concern them and by participating in decisions that affect them. My most recent research focuses on children’s experiences outside institutions looking at children’s participation in public life and the development of an orientation towards social action in childhood. I have been involved with social work education at all levels for the last three years.

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I am currently Public Engagement Ambassador in ESW