University of Birmingham (UK)
Caroline is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor and has held a number of academic posts in prestigious universities in the UK. Currently she is Professor of Gender Based Violence at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research work is broadly within the scope of addressing inequalities and more specifically on issues of violence against women. She is the founder of the Risk, Abuse and Violence (RAV) research programme at the University of Birmingham: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/nursing/research/rav.aspx Caroline is a keen research methodologist in the field of qualitative research and has led numerous projects involving qualitative approaches. She is a prolific writer and has published widely in interdisciplinary journals, along with four edited/authored books. Her publications reflect her interest in a range of empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives relevant to qualitative research. A particular interest is on participatory approaches and specifically, the involvement of co-researchers in sensitive issues research. For several years she has grappled with the complexities of conducting high quality qualitative studies that incorporate a co-research design. She has put forward a number of strategies for ensuring that this is undertaken safely and ethically.