I am a Reader in Education and Social Policy in the School of Social Work & Social Policy. My research interests are in the areas of social justice and inequalities, with a focus on children and young people's education, participation in society and equal opportunities. Currently, I am the principal investigator on an ESRC-funded project which looks at issues of identity, citizenship and belonging among settled Eastern European young people in the UK (see www.migrantyouth.org). I am also a British Academy mid-Career Fellow, with funding until October 2017, working on a project on young people's experiences of poverty and stigma at the intersection of ethnicity, class and gender.
My research sits within the School's research theme of Children & Young People and Families. I have expertise in research, policy and practice in relation to migrant children and youth, child and youth poverty, youth citizenship and belonging and young people's access to services. My research has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Save the Children and the Scottish Government. I regularly provide consultancy and training for local authorities and NGOs in my specialist areas and sit on advisory groups for a range of organisations. I mainly teach on postgraduate courses, including the Doctorate in Education, and have responsibility for coordinating the Research Skills Programme for research students in the Faculty. I also teach on our undergraduate BA course in Social Policy.
Before my arrival at the University of Strathclyde in 2005, I worked as a research fellow at the Centre for the Child and Society, University of Glasgow, and in the School of Education, at the University of Stirling. I have a PhD in Education awarded in 2004 by the University of Stirling and I have been Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010. I was also elected as a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2014.
I am the postgraduate research coordinator for the School and deal with enquiries and applications for postgraduate degrees in Social Work and Social Policy. I organise the Research Skills Programme for postgraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and teach research skills at postgraduate level. I can provide teaching, training and consultancy in the areas of expertise identified under my research profile.
I am also interested in supervising postgraduate research in any of the research areas identified in my research outline.
I currently supervise the following postgraduate students:
- James Davies- Research area: ‘The volunteering experiences of young people in disadvantage areas’ (Faculty Studentship)
- Dorota Szpakowicz- Research area: ‘More choices, no chances? Supporting interventions for promoting the reintegration of young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) through the use of mobile technologies’ (Capita Studentship)
- Michaela Gardner Research area: ‘Negotiations of Classed Femininities and Engagement with Youth Services: An Intersectional Investigation of Inclusion and Empowerment’ (Doctoral Training Pathway, ESRC Studentship)
- Marion Burns- ‘Starting school: Achieving curriculum continuity and progression in learning at transition from early years to primary school’ (EdD)
My research interests centre upon the issues of education, equality and social justice and children and young people’s lives. Over the last few years, I’ve been mainly interested in engaging in research which promotes a strong social justice agenda that addresses social inequalities, especially in relation to traditionally marginalised groups. In pursuit of these interests, I draw upon theoretical and methodological insights from the new sociology of childhood, sociology of education, race and ethnicity studies and social policy. My research is particularly interested in social, cultural and educational contexts of exclusion, segregation and marginalisation - along with a concern for making research relevant to practitioners and policy makers- and falls within the following main themes:
Children and young people, migration, ethnicities and identity
- Impact of family migration on children’s everyday lives, including educational opportunities, well-being and relationships;
- Intergenerational relations and cultural learning in transnational families;
- Ethnic minority children, inclusion, identity and civic participation;
- Inclusive approaches in the education of ethnic minority groups, with a focus on Eastern European children, Roma and Gypsy Traveller children;
- Methodological and ethical issues in doing research with children and young people.
Poverty and its impact on children’s opportunities
- Approaches to tackling child poverty and multi-agency working in tackling social disadvantage;
- Reducing the educational underachievement in disadvantaged areas;
- Impact of poverty on neighborhoods and children as service users and their involvement in consultation about service improvement;
- Approaches to supporting parental engagement in children's learning;
- Young people’s use of technologies and the technological divide;
- Approaches to involving users such as practitioners and policy makers with research findings and ways of supporting evidence-based practice.
A list of my publications can be found on the ‘Publications’ section on this site or on academia.edu, which has downloadable versions of some of my papers. If you share some of my research interests and you are thinking about a PhD in the areas of migrant children, poverty and education, children’s services, young people’s everyday lives, please get in touch.
- World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting
- Scottish Education Research Association Annual Conference
- Research assessor for the Carnegie Trust
- European Journal of Teacher Education (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- Children and Society (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- British Journal of Social Work (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
more professional activities
- STRATHCLYDE - ESRC STANDARD RESEARCH TRANSITION STANDARD QUOTA DTG | Hunter, Katie
- Wilson, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Sime, Daniela (Co-investigator) Hunter, Katie (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2009 - 01-Oct-2012
- Getting By: Young people’s experiences of poverty and stigma at the intersection
of ethnicity, class and gender
- Sime, Daniela (Fellow)
- Period 03-Oct-2016 - 29-Sep-2017
- Young people's experiences of volunteering in deprived areas
- Sime, Daniela (Principal Investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2016
- Here to Stay? Identity, belonging and citizenship among Eastern European settled migrant children in the UK (a decade after EU Enlargement)
- Sime, Daniela (Principal Investigator)
- Period 01-Apr-2016 - 31-Jul-2018
- BTG: Promoting the health and well-being of ethnic minority families in Glasgow
- Sime, Daniela (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Academic) Garvey, Brian (Academic) Fassetta, Giovanna (Academic)
- This study aims to document the experiences of ethnic minority families’ engagement with health services. The project will explore the experiences of families with children from three minority groups (established minority, new minority, nomadic minority) to generate initial findings to inform further research applications. The proposed activities include dataset analysis on migrants’ health, interviews with service providers and families, and policy analysis. The project adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to investigating minorities’ health and well-being. Outputs will include a research report, publications and conference papers, a policy briefing, and dissemination events with potential research users, to explore further applications for funding.
Planned outputs will include a research report, publications and conference papers, a policy briefing, and dissemination events with potential research users, to explore further applications for funding.
We will aim to produce a research report based on the findings and disseminate this through an event held by the Centre for Health Policy for service providers and policy makers. A policy briefing will also be issued. In order to reach a wide range of users, we will organise two dissemination workshops, sharing the research findings and engaging practitioners in coproduction of ideas on best practice to tackling health inequalities in the city. In addition to publication in highly rated journals and one or two conference papers, we aim to submit at least one proposal for funding to Horizon 2020 under the ‘Health and well-being’ theme.
- Period 16-Jun-2014 - 15-Jun-2015
- BTG: Navigating the multilingual city: a case study of Glasgow past, present and future
- Cooke, Philip (Academic) Fantoni, Gianluca (Academic) Nickson, Dennis (Academic) Sime, Daniela (Academic) Smyth, Geraldine (Academic)
- The project advocates and fosters ‘multilingualism’ as a fundamental part of the ‘Future Cities’ the University of Strathclyde aspires to help design and implement. By bringing together academics at Strathclyde, public institutions, the private sector and ordinary citizens, the project aims to create synergies conducive to the goal of a general advancement in social cohesion and community engagement in Glasgow (and potentially in other cities), mainly by making use of the opportunities offered by multilingualism. To achieve this goal, the project uses a range of tools: a documentary film, a report, a workshop, conference papers.
- Period 01-Mar-2014 - 31-Aug-2014
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