Joanne Alexander is an experienced graduate researcher who has worked on local, national and international research projects, evaluations and audits. She acted as Coordinating Researcher on UNARS – a 2-year pan-European project led by Prof. Jane Callaghan which explored children’s capacity for agency and resistance during and after living in contexts of domestic violence. This research included the development and evaluation of a community-based therapeutic intervention for young people aimed at enhancing resilience and empowerment. Other recent projects include an evaluation of a Who Cares? Trust website aimed at increasing care leavers’ access to higher education, a review of referral practices to Northamptonshire Children’s Social Care, a research project exploring the provision of shelter and housing for victims of domestic violence, and an evaluation exploring Milton Keynes’ Early Help Model in improving outcomes for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Joanne has also worked extensively with local and European partner organisations to facilitate research work with vulnerable young people and families. In her research practice, she has developed a sound understanding of the complexities of working and conducting research with vulnerable and marginalised groups including those affected by violence.
Joanne is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and is currently undertaking her PhD exploring the intergenerational transmission of family violence. Her doctoral research receives funding from the Institute for Public Safety, Crime & Justice (IPSCJ) (UoN), and from Funds for Women Graduates (FfWG). Joanne has particular research interests in familial relationships, family violence, and social inequalities.