Cass School of Education and Communities
Amanda Cooper is a PhD Researcher currently studying for a multidisciplinary PhD in Education, Psychology and Performing Arts. She is also actively involved in the RadioActive101 project.
Amanda has been studying for her PhD at UEL since September 2015 and expects to submit her thesis in September 2018.
Her thesis explores the use of a participatory radio intervention in which drama is created and how participatory radio drama can be used as a tool to improve metacognitive functions dimensions and engagement for at-risk youth.
Amanda holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Cardiff University and a Masters degree in Radio Production from Bournemouth University.
Amanda's PhD research comprises a multidisciplinary approach across the Cass School of Education and Communities, the School of Psychology, and the School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) at the University of East London and is funded through the University's Excellence programme.
Amanda's research involves the design and implementation of an intervention for youth who are considered 'at-risk', in which groups create a radio drama, through a six- ten week intervention framework. This radio drama is created using a peer-led, participatory radio approach and incorporates drama techniques.