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Gemma Mitchell
Research Fellow



Gemma is a Research Fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group and is working on the Transformative Research on the Alcohol industry, Policy and Science (TRAPS) research programme. The TRAPS research programme aims to develop an understanding of how the alcohol industry influences science, the science/policy interface, and policy making. Gemma worked as a social worker for several years before completing her Sociology PhD in 2018. 


  • BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Leicester)
  • MA Social Work (University of Hull)
  • PhD Sociology (University of Leicester)



Gemma’s research interests are in the sociology of scientific knowledge; the sociology of risk and uncertainty; the relationship between the alcohol industry, science and policy; and qualitative methodologies.  


Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • (2018) Exploring how experts define and translate knowledge in the ‘risk society’: the case of child and family social work. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Leicester, Leicester.

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

  • How do social workers define evidence? Exclusions, inclusions and the consequences for children and their families. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 10th April 2018, Newcastle
  • Risk mobility in child and family social work. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 27th August 2015, Prague
  • I don’t think about what I do - I just do it! The role of informal practices when making decisions about risk in child and family social work. British Sociological Association Risk and Society Study Day, 28th February 2014, London
  • Risk in translation: bridging the gap between uncertain reality and acceptable evidence in child and family social work. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, 10th October 2013, San Diego
  • The journey of risk: how do social work experts move from messy reality to acceptable evidence? 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 29th August 2013, Turino
  • Don’t wait until you’re certain: how do child and family social workers make decisions about risk? British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 5th April 2013, London

Gemma Mitchell

Contact details

Dr Gemma Mitchell
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(8607)