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
Email:S.Nolas@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:8569
UK:01273 678569
International:+44 1273 678569

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Biography

Sevasti-Melissa Nolas joined the University of Sussex in 2011 as a Lecturer in Social Work. Her research lies at the intersection of critical social psychology and chidhood and youth studies. As a social psychologist, she has a long-standing interest in the processes of engaging in personal and social change and the support systems and practices that enable or inhibit such engagements, and her research has focused on childhood and youth policies and programmes aimed at improving children's lives. She is an experienced evaluator of such programmes focusing specifically how children’s participation is enacted therein where she has used ethnographic, visual and creative methods to get close to children's lived experiences and everyday lives. Her current research programme builds on these earlier themes and interests by focusing on publics formations and collective action in global cities as these relate to childhood, youth and family life. In 2014 she was awarded a European Resarch Council Starting Grant for a cross-national and qualitative longitudinal study on children’s participation in public life and the emergence of an orientation towards social action in childhood. You can read about the Connnectors Study here

Community and Business

I am currently Public Engagement Ambassador in ESW http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/how-we-help/ambassadors/dr-sevasti-melissa-nolas