Dr Pamela Varley
Senior Research Manager
Research & Innovation
Senior Research Manager at SERIO
Winning, managing and delivering a portfolio of applied research projects. Recent contracts overseen and completed include a strategic added value review of the Integrated Care Exeter programme, and a review of public engagement in health and social care.
Previously, Doctoral Researcher on the 'Digital Neighbourhoods' Research Project
'Sustainable Digital Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of People, Place and Technology under the Rural Village Condition'
This research sought to develop an advanced understanding of the interplay between broadband use, social interaction and the place in which people live. Fieldwork involved working in an embedded manner within a central case study neighbourhood - a rural Cornish village, as well as complementary research in a number of additional villages. A wide range of methods was employed, including social network analysis, survey research, qualitative interviewing and a diary study. Results painted a picture of how a community is structured, how it operates (both socially and spatially), and how technology infuses with this. The reliance of a rural community on the 'local' and upon more traditional means of communication was evident at every juncture, posing an interesting question as to how superfast broadband can be made applicable in the local rural setting, harnessed as a community asset and, hence, used for positive social transformation.
Director of Studies: Dr Katharine Willis
Second Supervisor: Professor Alessandro Aurigi
Third Supervisor: Nigel Ashcroft MBE
ADE Postgraduate Student Representative for '13/'14 & '14/'15
PhD Sustainable Digital Neighbourhoods (University of Plymouth)
MSc Social Research Methods (London School of Economics & Political Science)
Bachelor of Social Science, 1:1 (University College Dublin)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Roles on external bodies
Previously, Copy Editor for the Journal of Community Informatics
Delivered data analysis sessions for an architecture postgraduate module at the University of Plymouth
Completed 'PGCAP600' course in September 2015, which led to Associate Fellowship of the HEA
Completed 'Graduate Teaching Associates' course in June 2013
Rural social networks; Community informatics; Rural digitisation; Technological impacts; Public health research; Methodological innovations