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PhD Project: call for participants

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Motherhood, wellbeing and austerity in Stockton-on-Tees

Information Sheet

This research project is being carried out by a PhD student at Durham University between 2015 and 2016. The aim is to understand the experience of mothers and their families, how they have been impacted by welfare cuts, and their health and wellbeing. The project is interested in the experiences of mothers from all around the borough.

Key themes for discussion:

  • Everyday life
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Recession, austerity and cuts
  • Motherhood and family life
  • The benefits system and the job market
  • Housing, childcare, and transport in the community

Interviews will be carried out with mothers from Stockton-on-Tees who are willing to share their experiences. 

  • The interview will last approximately 1 hour, is friendly and informal, and it can take place in a location that is convenient to you.
  • Over the year 2015-2016, respondents will be contacted for interview at least once more.
  • Everything you say is treated with complete confidence. Your information will be anonymous ‐ after the taped interview is typed up, all identifying details are removed, and the recording is destroyed.
  • The anonymised version of your interview then goes into secure storage, and no one will ever be able to tell it was you.
  • Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary and you can decide to opt out at any time.
  • Before agreeing to take part, your rights will be explained and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This asks your permission to record the interview and include the information you give in a report and other publications.

“Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity: The Stockton-on-Tees Study” is a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, run by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University (

If you would like any further information, please get in touch with me – my contact details: Amy Greer Murphy Email:


Author: Amy Greer Murphy

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