Dr Tessa Podpadec

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About me

My background is in social psychology and I have a long-standing interest in methodological innovation, both qualitative and quantitative. I originally studied Psychology at the University of Bristol. After graduation I stayed at the University of Bristol to pursue my PhD research, using a variety of innovative methods to explore the experiences of young people in the special education system. I completed in 1989 and was appointed as an ESRC funded Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, investigating public perceptions of environmental risk. I subsequently worked as a research analyst for a variety of public and commercial organisations.  In 2009 I returned to education as subject leader for A Level Psychology at an FE college. Most recently I have worked as Programme Manager and lecturer on a Psychology Foundation Degree in partnership with the University of Plymouth, leading modules on research methods, social and developmental psychology and the psychology of learning.

I joined UWE as a Research Associate in March 2020.

Area of expertise

Research methods – innovative uses of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods; post-16 education; post-compulsory education; widening participation; psychology and education; critical social psychology.


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