Sophie Sarre
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Research interests


After working in front-line services, first with older people and then with children, my first degree was a BSc in Social Policy from the LSE. Over many years working in the areas of families and relationships and related policies and services my interests became more sociological, and I have a Masters in Social Research Methods and a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey.


I am interested in research that contributes to service improvement. My work has included process evaluations of services in the fields of health, social care and domestic violence; designing complex interventions; and feasibility studies of complex interventions.I have worked on a number of studies around the substantive areas of health and social care services; work-life balance; everyday family practices; social policy and family life; gender and generation.


Much of my research has been with vulnerable and hard to reach groups, primarily older people, children and teenagers, fathers and sex offenders.I have used a variety of qualitative methods and am interested in methodological exploration.


A common theoretical thread to my work is care – what it is, how people achieve it, what it feels like to receive it and the implications of giving it. Other theoretical interests are practices and their display; childhood; temporality.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, ‘Temporality in families with teenagers and its articulation with generation and gender.’, University of Surrey

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Master of Science, Social Research Methods, University of Surrey

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Bachelor of Science, Social Policy, LSE London School of Economics & Political Science

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


  • HM Sociology
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform


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