Love Brookes research

  • The Library has been running a campaign to highlight the work of Oxford Brookes University researchers, and how their output becomes part of the Library stock. The posters we've produced form the carousel on this web page, and you can see more information about the outputs and the researchers responsible below.

  • This book investigates the idea of the 'successful girl' in education and wider media cultures. It brings together the voices of  girls interviewed in their schools, with participants in a website fan forum created for the project, and stories that are told to  and about girls via Teen TV dramas. In comparing their stories with historical accounts of gender and genius, it shows how  some longstanding stereotypes about girls' abilities are still circulating in contemporary settings. It also reveals ways that  popular ideas surrounding girls' achievement can under-value their performance and constrain their ambition, especially  where they intersect with class and race. The work concludes with a call to educators and media producers from a  participant: 'we need better stories'. Find it in Harcourt Hill Library at 302.23082/PAU or click on the book image

    Michele Paule

    Michele Paule (School of History, Philosophy and Culture) says: ‘I am interested in how stories  circulate in different institutions and contexts as taken-for-granted truths, particularly those ‘truths’  which perpetuate inequalities. Young people are deeply immersed in education and media worlds; this kind of multi-site research can reveal how the narratives that youth encounter in the classroom, on screens, and online are drawn on in the way they see themselves and the world, and imagine their futures.’ Click here to to find out more about Michele and her research interests

    The poppy is the classic cornfield plant. Its brilliant colour, almost unique among northern European flowers, has made it one of our best-known plants, beloved of artists and poets, though often hated by farmers. But the origins of this plant are obscure; where was it before agriculture? The poppy has obvious associations with war and remembrance and as the ‘Tall poppy’ syndrome and ‘Poppy-Land’ in Norfolk. In other countries it symbolises weddings or death. The Opium Poppy has its own remarkable story and is one of the oldest of narcotics. It is frequently mixed up with the Corn Poppy in literature and in the imagination. This book covers these and more and shows how members of the poppy family have given us some of our most colourful and striking garden plants. Find it in the Library at Headington at 583.35/LAC or click on the book image

    Andrew Lack

    Andrew Lack (Department of Biological and Medical Sciences) says ‘I have been a keen field naturalist all my life and have become increasingly concerned about our relationship with the natural world. Wildlife is declining almost everywhere, especially on agricultural land that has some of our most familiar plants and animals. Both nature conservation and how we react to nature have become central to my work. Field natural history is declining in universities too. I am keeping the flame alive here at Brookes. Click here to find out more about Andrew and his research interests

    This text introduces Meaningful Purposive Interaction Analysis (MPIA) theory, which combines social network analysis (SNA) with latent semantic analysis (LSA) to help create and analyse a meaningful learning landscape from the digital traces left by a learning community in the co-construction of knowledge. The hybrid algorithm is implemented in the statistical programming language and environment R, introducing packages which capture - through matrix algebra - elements of learners’ work with more knowledgeable others and resourceful content artefacts. Find it in the Library at Wheatley at 006.312/WIL or click on the book image

    Fridolin Wild

    Dr. Fridolin Wild is Senior Research Fellow and director of the Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) of Oxford Brookes University, part of the Department of Computing and Communications Technologies. With the research and development of the lab, Fridolin seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance. Click here to find out more about Fridolin and his research interests

    A complete guide to exploring values and ethics in coaching, this book will guide you through the responsibilities of coaching practice, and help you recognize and reconcile common ethical dilemmas and choices. Part I explores the theory and research underpinning ethical coaching practice, and invites you to examine your own personal and professional values. Part II delves into the key ethical considerations in the coaching relationship, including contracting, confidentiality and understanding boundaries. It explores each issue in depth, and offers implications and suggestions for practice. Find it in the Library at Headington at 658.3124/IOR or click on the book image

    Ioanna Iordanou

    Ioanna Iordanou is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Coaching and Mentoring). She thoroughly enjoys researching coaching and embedding the study and practice of coaching skills in the Business School curriculum. She is passionate about values and ethics in coaching, as they provide the driving force for an ethical coaching practice. Her main goal in writing this book was to inspire readers to consciously reflect on and bring ethics to the forefront (rather than the background) of their coaching practice. Click here to find out more about Ioanna and her research interests

    When and how did public health become modern? In Governing Systems, Tom Crook offers a fresh answer to this question through an examination of Victorian and Edwardian England, long considered one of the critical birthplaces of modern public health. This birth, Crook argues, should be located not in the rise of professional expertise or a centralised bureaucratic state, but in the contested formation and functioning of multiple systems, both human and material, administrative and technological. Theoretically ambitious but empirically grounded, Governing Systems will be of interest to historians of modern public health and modern Britain, as well as to anyone interested in the complex gestation of the governmental dimensions of modernity. Find it in the Library at Headington at 362.10942/CRO or click on the book image

    Tom Crook

    Tom Crook is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History. Governing Systems is part of a broader body of work dedicated to asking why it is governing always seems to result in failure and frustration, despite often grand aspirations and the best intentions. As he shows in this book, none of the many systems that made up the Victorian public health system as a whole worked as they were supposed to. Perhaps progress was made, yet there was always more progress to be had; and no system was ever systematic. It is this - the relentless, thankless grind of governing - that Tom suggests constitutes a key facet of what it is to be modern. Click here to find out more about Tom and his research interests

    Co-edited by Gordon Spence and David Drake, this book presents a comprehensive, global view of the discipline, identifying the current issues and practices, as well as mapping out where the discipline is going.It provides the perfect reference point for graduate students, scholars, educators and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with current research and debate in the academic and influential practitioners’ literature on coaching. Find it in Headington Library at 658.3124/SAG or click on the book image.  Also available as an ebook

    Tatiana Bachkirova

    Tatiana Bachkirova is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. As a professional academic, she cares deeply about the development of coaching as a discipline and the rigour with which the knowledge base of coaching is created. Editing ‘The Sage Handbook of Coaching’ has been a project that is close to her heart, and which was both a challenge and an extremely rewarding experience. The result makes her feel immensely proud of what has been achieved by many scholars from the coaching profession. Click here to find out more about Tatiana and her research interests

    Journal of Health Psychology, (May 31 2016).  This study sought feedback from teachers and adolescents on a novel intervention to reduce alcohol misuse based on the Prototype Willingness Model. A qualitative, think-aloud interview study was conducted with 17 adolescents aged 11–14years and nine teachers. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Adolescents found the content of the intervention appealing and credible. Teachers welcomed the content and format as a means of generating discussion. ‘Moderate’ drinking appeared to be an acceptable message, although difficult to define. Enacting ‘if-then’ plans in real social situations might be challenging and representations of drinking on social media should be considered. 
    Find it on RADAR 
    https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/e1f0e684-8857-4314-96f7-6e83a3e77a54/1/

    Emma Davies

    Dr. Emma Davies is a Lecturer in Psychology. She conducts research into young people’s health and wellbeing with a particular focus on reducing the harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption. This study was part of a project funded by Alcohol Research UK to explore the use of digital methods to teach young people about alcohol in schools. The Alcohol Smart Quiz focusses on preventing harms from unplanned drinking occasions, as research suggests that these can be riskier than planned drinking occasions, for example because you may not plan how to get home, or may drink on an empty stomach. The quiz has a range of scenarios which illustrate what to do if someone feels unwell or gets injured as well as practical solutions for reducing peer pressure around alcohol. Click here to find out more about Emma and her research interests

    Following on from Making Sense of Motherhood (2005) and Making Sense of Fatherhood (2010), Tina Miller’s book focuses on parenthood and mothers’ and fathers’ unfolding experiences as they manage caring and paid work in modern family lives. Returning to her original participants, it collects later episodes of their experience of ‘doing’ family life and meticulously examines mothers’ and fathers’ accounts of negotiating intensified parenting responsibilities and workplace demands. It explores questions of why gender equality and equity are harder to manage within the home sphere when organising caring and associated responsibilities, re-addressing the concept of ‘maternal gatekeeping’ and offering insights into a new concept of ‘paternal gatekeeping.’ The findings presented will inform both scholarly work and policy on family lives, gender equality and work. Find it in the Library at Headington from July

    Tina Miller

    Professor Tina Miller is a sociologist and her qualitative longitudinal research, which spans 20 years, focuses on how gender structures paid work, caring and family lives. Her research findings have attracted international attention and she has advised the World Health Organisation on issues of culture and gender in reproductive provision. She has also worked with politicians, policy makers, NGOs and the media advising on gender and family lives. This latest book is the third in a trilogy focusing initially on Motherhood (2005) and then Fatherhood (2010) research findings.  Click here to find out more about Tina and her research interests

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (2) pp. 131-139.  The aim of this project was to find out the potential benefits of 8 weeks of Zumba Fitness sessions performed at home three times weekly from a DVD on fitness, body composition and psychological well-being in healthy sedentary women. The main results showed improvement in fitness, as well as psychological variables such as self-perception of strength, greater autonomy and purpose in life. However, no change in body fat was observed, showing that Zumba Fitness could improve physical fitness in sedentary women but cannot be used as a weight loss method.
    Find it on RADAR 
    https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/961ea6b2-5197-47a0-965f-014573e63887/1/

    Anne Dexeltrat

    Dr Anne Delextrat is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science.  She says "I am an exercise physiologist and have always been interested in dance as an exercise modality, and its potential benefits for health. Zumba is a very trendy and fun workout enjoyed by millions of participants worldwide, including myself. There is a lot of information in the media about Zumba, therefore I wanted to write this paper so that women are really aware of its real benefits, and do not expect miracles from it. I have also shown the benefits of Zumba in people with Parkinson’s in another paper". Click here to find out more about Anne and her research interests

    International Journal of Therapies and Rehabilitation Research, 5 (2), pp. 25-29.  The aim of this study was to explore the changes in student’s attitudes regarding disability after attending the module ‘Disability: theories, nature and experiences’, designed around reflective self-awareness exercises. Students were asked to write stories at the beginning and after completing the module. This study showed that after attending the module, students 1) employed a more solution- rather than problem-oriented approach, 2) presented disabled and able bodies in a more integrated, rather than separate way, 3) and gave more active rather than passive roles to people with disability, in their second stories.   
    Find it on RADAR 
    https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/4e003aa8-eaf0-4338-9fcf-750a667a0f3d/1/

    Farzaneh Yazdan

    Dr Farzaneh Yazdani is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.  She says "Through my experience of travel, meeting people from different countries, and working with international students and colleagues, I have always been amazed by the diversity of attitudes and perspectives among people. Concepts like human rights and freedoms, autonomy and independence are interpreted and misinterpreted in communication between people from different backgrounds. This has led me to new perspectives, explored through a variety of research projects, exploring the diversity of peoples’ attitudes, as well as the range of factors that influence positive attitudes towards key concepts like disability.". Click here to find out more about Farzaneh and her research interests

    This book examines secularist campaigns to offer alternatives to dominant Christian approaches to the teaching of morality and citizenship in English schools. It brings together, for the first time, the activities of different secularist educators and pressure groups, operating locally, nationally and internationally, over a 47 year period. Who were these activists? What ideological and organisational resources did they draw on? What proposals did they make? How did others respond to their views? Secularist activists, a small minority, shaped ongoing educational debates and achieved some, limited, influence on policy and practice. But they were divided among themselves and by 1944 had failed to supplant majority views. Find it in Harcourt Hill Library at 370.1140942/WRI or click on the book image.

    Susannah Wright

    Dr Susannah Wright is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies.  She says "I’ve spent a number of years uncovering the ambitions, qualms, gains, disappointments, compromises and shifting alliances of the tiny minority who wanted to shape English civic morality in their own image by influencing pupils in schools. I love the detective work involved in piecing together a historical picture from numerous, disparate sources. But I’m also motivated by present day concerns: debates about the place of religious or secular morality in schools continue, and it seems vital to trace their historical roots."  Click here to find out more about Susannah and her research interests

    This book explores the relationship between humanitarian law and human rights law in the ‘grey zones’ of unconventional operational environments such as counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. It develops objective criteria for determining where the shift from the legal framework of law enforcement to that of non-international armed conflict occurs in relation to targeting law (who can be lawfully killed) and weaponry law (what weapons can be lawfully used). It also seeks to clarify important issues such as when civilians lose their immunity from attack, how existing rules of war designed for the battlefield should be applied in urbanised and civilianised environments, and how global networked connectivity affects our understanding of where conflict zones end and peace zones begin. Find it in Headington Library at 341.63/JOH or click on the book image. Also available as an ebook.

    Michael John-Hopkins

    Dr Michael John-Hopkins is a Senior Lecturer in Law.  He says "I have a background in prosecuting war crimes with the United Nations. I’m interested in developing greater legal protections for civilians in wars. The contemporary conflict environment is complex. It is often unclear where to draw the line between war and peace. One of my concerns here is that the permissive rules of war concerning targeting and weaponry are becoming increasingly normalized in violent peacetime situations. I’m keen to find ways of ensuring that policing and international relations do not become increasingly militarized and that conflict zones are contained as far as possible in our globally connected environment."  Click here to find out more about Michael and his research interests

    Law and Religion is currently a hot topic, with cases regularly hitting the headlines on issues such as wearing crosses or headscarves to work, or religious bakeries. This book considers the legal issues which arise from the protection of religion in the workplace. It considers how the law has developed to tackle current issues such as clashes between religion and other equality based claims, and establishes a principled basis for deciding the proper scope of religious freedom in the employment context. Find it in Headington Library at 344.0158/VIC or click on the book image.

    Lucy Vickers

    Professor Lucy Vickers says "My research focuses on human rights and equality in the workplace. In my writing I have considered free speech issues in employment, as well as freedom of religion at work. I am particularly interested in how individuals can balance a sense of their own personal identity with participation in the modern workplace."  Click here to find out more about Lucy and her research interests