PhD Opportunity: Poetry and Young People’s Mental Health

I hope this (self funded)PhD studentship opportunity in the Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University will be of interest to people who are looking to engage in doctoral work in 2022-23. The proposed studentship would build on the Young Poets’ Stories research project to investigate more broadly the various ways in which young people are being enabled to use and create poetry to support their own mental health and well-being. Proposals for qualitative studies, particularly those using collaborative and creative research methods such as poetic enquiry, graphic or photo elicitation would be welcomed. The studentship research could focus on young people’s engagement with Spoken Word, page poetry, Found poetry, Instagram poetry or other emerging forms. Additionally, it could investigate the perceptions and practices of primary and secondary teachers in promoting poetry as an aid to young people’s well-being. The exact nature of focus and research questions would be negotiated with the successful applicant. This studentship could make a significant contribution to the research literature in this field and inform current policy and practice in supporting young people’s self-expression and personal development.

Potential research questions:

  • How do young people engage with poetry to support better mental health and well-being?
  • How has writing, performing and/or listening to poetry enabled young people to explore their own feelings and improve their mental health and well-being?
  • How are teachers and workshop leaders using poetry to support young people’s mental health and well-being both within school and in out of school community contexts?

Full details available here

Potential Director of Studies: Dr Sue Dymoke (Nottingham Institute of Education)

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