Dr Sarah Ward
- Research Associate: Scottish Children's Neighbourhoods (Educational Leadership & Policy)
I am a Research Associate with Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, a £2m research and delivery programme to improve children and young people's wellbeing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the west of Scotland, funded by Scottish Government. The programme is a partnership between University of Glasgow and Glasgow Centre for Population Health. My research uses the Capabilities Approach to develop a framework of goals with children and young people in each of our research neighbourhoods, with the aim of making young people's voices heard. Using methods that draw on critical pedagogy, children and young people's deliberation on shared goals is a key aspect of the work of Children's Neighbourhoods. The agreed framework then forms the basis of action, led by our Local Coordinator staff, supporting young people to hold stakeholders to account on the services they offer.
I am a qualified Community Development practitioner and previously worked for twenty years in disadvantaged communities across Glasgow. This included development and management of the first locally-owned community centre in Glasgow, and work as Scottish Associate of New Economics Foundation.
My PhD in Urban Studies (February 2019) was co-funded by What Works Scotland (a research programme to examine how local areas use evidence to inform public service reform) and NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Entitled ‘How can Asset Based Community Development improve community health and wellbeing?’, the research study evaluated a complex community-based health intervention in disadvantaged communities. The study used a combined Realist Evaluation and Theory of Change approach to test the ABCD Logic Model against empirical evidence from a community-based intervention. I then used the Capabilities Approach to understand the areas in which ABCD was not functioning effectively, and proposed solutions to these.
I have an MSc in Community Development (University of Glasgow, 1999), a postgraduate certificate in adult education (University of Strathclyde, 1997), and a BA (Hons) in English and Drama (Bristol, 1993). I gained an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2010 (University of Glasgow), and won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2017.
- Capabilities Approach
- Asset based Community Development
- Critical pedagogy and community development
- Health Inequalities
- Theory-based evaluation (Realist Evaluation and Theory of Change)
- Qualitative research methods
Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland research programme
£2.2m funding from Scottish Government 2018-2022
Principal Investigators: Professor Chris Chapman (University of Glasgow) and Professor Carol Tannahill (GCPH)
I am a currently a supervisor for students from the MSc. in Community Development (School of Education).
Convening and Lecturing:
Masters in Understanding Health Policy (2017)
Honours Health Inequalities (2017)
Capabilities Approach, Comparative Policy Analysis, Evaluating Health Policy & Revision (Honours) and Discourses of Inequality (Masters)
BA Community Development Year 1 (Asset Based Community Development)
BA Community Development Year 3 (Capabilities Approach, Asset Based Community Development, Theory Based Evaluation)
Social & Public Policy 1 & 2
Health Inequalities (SPP2B), Public Health history, Health in Glasgow, Regeneration & Health (SPP1B)
Social and Public Policy 2A (Perspectives on Public Policy: Conflicting Ideas and Chagning Agendas)
Social and Public Policy 2B (Policy, Politics and Power)