Doctoral culture

We strive to provide an inclusive, supportive and intellectually challenging research environment for all our doctoral students. We are also committed to invest in doctoral research in ODA-recipient nations and informed by our commitment to social justice. We have ensured that our research programmes and doctoral training play a role in building research capacities in developing countries, whilst also supporting inclusive research cultures in the academy.

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

Richard Smart began his full time PhD project “Walking back to Happiness” Recreational walking and how it can enhance the spiritual life? in December 2021 and he will be co-supervised by John Eade and Richard Burgess (Religious Studies). He wants to compare the spiritual benefits of walking as experienced through various types of walks.

Tuba Tayfun Kayalarli’s PhD uses mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative research) to explore the feelings of integration of Cypriot-Turkish, Turkish and Kurdish migrant women in London and identify the possible relationship between the use of services of community organisations and their feelings of integration. Tuba Began her PhD in 2019 and is co-supervised by Leah Bassel and Bryony Hoskins.

Lynn Engler's PhD research focus on the role of dramatherapy in understanding and supporting grandparent kinship carers. This innovative and transdisciplinary project brings together the disciplines of sociology and arts therapies to explore how 'carer strain' impacts on the lives of grandparent kinship carers and how dramatherapy might be used to help address the personal, familial and social challenges that they face.

Naheed Anwar successfully completed her PhD in 2021. Her thesis used insider status as a Salafi woman to fill a significant gap within Western scholarship. She examined why a religion associated with violence, repression and acute social control of its female members remains a popular lifestyle choice for demographically diverse women in the postcolonial and post-secular city of Birmingham, famous for being the ‘hub’ of purist Salafi da’wa in the West. She was co-supervised by Aisha K. Gill and John Eade.

You can find out more about our students' research here.