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I am a first year PhD Researcher in the Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work pathway. My PhD is funded by the ESRC via the NINE DTP scholarship. My research is investigating the dark side of image-enhancement. I am examining the crimes and harms of image-enhancement drugs, and associated markets. I am exploring systems of supply and cultures of demand of image-enhancement drugs in offline and online contexts via offline and online ethnographic research.
I also work part-time as a Project Co-Manager and Research Associate in Public Health. I manage and work on several research projects, simultaneously.
I have a strong background and reputable track record in research. I possess 8 years of experience as an inter-disciplinary social researcher in academia - working across the disciplines of Anthropology, Criminology, Public Health, Sociology and Social Policy - and the third-sector.
I have worked as lead researcher on a diverse range of internally and externally funded research projects including the European Commission, the National Lottery Community Fund, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and the Clinical Research Network (CRN).
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Psychology from Teesside University, an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a PGCert in Research Training from Newcastle University.
I am also a peer-reviewer for several academic journals.
Summary of Research Interests
Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs
Online Research Methods
Master, University of Manchester
Award Date: 27 Jun 2016
Bachelor, Teesside University
Award Date: 18 Sep 2013
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An exploration and development of a cohort study of babies born within Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland: The Lockdown Babies Study
1/04/21 → 30/09/22
A co-production approach to exploring an integrated service model for people in Middlesbrough and Redcar & ClevelandDiba, P., Bowden, J., Divers, A., Taylor, B., Ling, J. & Newbury-Birch, D., 12 Jul 2021, 44 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile57 Downloads (Pure)
Divers, A., Newbury-Birch, D., Parker, C., Diba, P. & Johnson, C., 11 Jun 2021
Research output: Other contributionFile110 Downloads (Pure)
COVID-19 recovery from the community perspective in Middlesbrough: a coproduction cross-sectional studyDivers, A., Parker, C., Diba, P., Johnson, C. & Newbury-Birch, D., 1 Nov 2021, In: The Lancet. 398, S42
Research output: Contribution to journal › Meeting Abstract › peer-reviewOpen Access
Divers, A., Johnson, C., Diba, P. & Newbury-Birch, D., Jul 2021, 12 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportFile17 Downloads (Pure)
Papanicolaou, G., Diba, P. & Antonopoulos, G., 7 Dec 2021, Research Handbook on International Migration and Digital Technology. . McAuliffe, M. (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 122-132
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter