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Dr Darren Miguel Sharpe

Senior Research Fellow & Researcher-in-Residence

Institute for Health and Human Development

I have a rich portfolio of teaching, from undergraduates to doctoral students, at Anglia Ruskin University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University and UEL. At Anglia Ruskin University I featured in the 2014-15 postgraduate prospectus as a select number of lecturers identified by the student body as being committed to achieving high standards in learning. I am a highly experienced and effective communicator. I have taught and developed modules on Race, Culture and Society and Research Methods to undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral programmes as well as championed and presented papers on greater youth involvement in health and social care research at national and international conferences.

  • University House, UH250, Stratford Campus
    Institute for Health and Human Development
    University of East London
    Stratford Campus
    London
    E15 4LZ
  • d.sharpe@uel.ac.uk +442082234325

    Darren is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) (sponsored by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames) and is also a UCLP Researcher-in-Residence based with Newham Clinical Commissioning Group Primary Care Home team. His expertise include participatory research with children, young people and vulnerable adults to help shape, inform and influence policy and practice in public care. During his time at IHHD he also worked as a Senior Consultant at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University supporting Local Authority Directors to tackle the social care challenges facing children, young people and families. Prior to his appointment at IHHD Darren was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University Childhood and Youth Research Institute and a Development Officer at the National Youth Agency. Darren has lectured and written widely on participatory methods for doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students. He is held in high-esteem by students and colleagues for his teaching, scholarship and research. His empirical work has featured in national and international media and is considered by peers to be a champion and innovator in the field of participatory research. Darren is a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and Schools Research Sub-Degree Committee at the University of East London.



    Indicators of professional recognition
    2008–present Academy of Ideas, Debating Matters Judge
    2009–present Associate at The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation, UCLAN
    2014–Present Fellow of the Young Foundation
    2015–Present Member of the University of East London School Research Degree Sub-Committee (SRDC)
    2016–Present Consultant Pool, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
    2016–Present Member of the University of East London Research Ethics Committee (UREC)
    2017–Present Editorial Board member and Reviewer, Youth Voice Journal, by the IARS International Institute.
    2017–Present Journal Peer reviewer, British Medical Journal
    2017–Present Fellow of Plus Value Ltd.

    Overview

    Participatory research at critical moments along the life course

    Connect Hackney Researcher-in-Residence

    Co-I Tower Hamlets Tower Hamlets Council Communities Driving Change

    Co-I Metropolitan/JP Morgan Transform and Achieve Evaluation

    Extended Primary Care Team, Community Health Newham Directorate Researcher-in-Residence

    Me and Europe - Information website for Young People, ESRC



    Expertise/research interests:

    Citizen Science
    User and patient involved research
    Innovative research methods and methodologies
    Identity, space and belonging in Europe
    Youth policy 

     
    Recently completed and current projects:

    ‘Optimal care for ‘hard to reach’ children and young people with diabetes: identifying and overcoming the barriers through community engagement’, PI Angela Harden.
    Sharpe, D. (2014) An Examination of Chelmsford Night Time Economy, Chelmsford: Chelmsford City Council Safer Chelmsford Partnership.
    Sharpe, Waller, T. Lane P. Almond, P.  Machin, N. (2014) SUPREME Guidelines: Report on Best Practices for Suicide Prevention using Internet and Media. Report prepared for the European Commission's Executive Agency for Health and Consumers.
    Sharpe, D. Cossar, J., Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., and Biggart, L. (2013) 'It takes a lot to build trust’. Recognition and Telling: Developing Earlier Routes to Help for Children and Young People. London: Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

    Research Field 1:
    - Young Commissioners: North Thames CLAHRC (ARC)

    Research Field 2:
    - Ageing Better: Connect Hackney and Big Lottery Fund

    Collaborators

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    Research

    - Sharpe, D. & Herlitz, L. (2019). “Rapid testing of service innovations in general practice: an evaluation of the Primary Care Home model in Newham”. Centre for Implementation Science (CIS), King’s College London. Proceedings from the 2nd Annual UK Implementation Science Research Conference, Advancing the science of scaling up: improving efficiency and effectiveness of implementation strategies in health care. London, 18 July 2019. Implementation Science 2019, 14(Suppl 2):69 (P27). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-019-0911-5
    • Sharpe, D. Harden, A, Rudd, J. Green, G. Moodambail, A. & Hakeem, V. (in preparation) Supporting 'disengaged' children and young people living with diabetes to self-care: A qualitative study in socially disadvantaged and ethnically diverse urban areas, BMJ. Vol [   ], pp. [     ].
    • Wasike M, Hamilton R, Sharpe D (2019) A professional development programme for care home nurses in east
    London. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1135
    • Sharpe, D. (2018) The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship. Societies, 8(4), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040111
    • Sharpe, D., Green, E., Harden, A., Freer, R., Moodambail, A. and Towndrow, S. (2018) ‘“It’s my diabetes”: Co-production in practice with young people in delivering a “perfect” care pathway for diabetes’. Research
    for All, 2 (2): 289–303. DOI https://doi.org/10.18546/R4A.02.2.07.
    •Sharpe, D. (2018) Pork Pies and Vindaloos: Learning for cosmopolitan citizenship, Educational Review. Vol 70, No.1, Pages 41-50. 
    •Wilson, C. & Sharpe, D. (2017) Promoting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme, IN: Journal of Applied Arts and Health, Vol 8, No.1, pp. 38-55.
    • Henn, M. and Sharpe, D. (2016) Young people in a changing Europe. British youth and Brexit 2016.In: UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Available at: http://www.referendumanalysis.eu/eu-referendum-analysis-2016/section-8-voters/young-people-in-a-changing-europe-british-youth-and-brexit-2016/   [Accessed 18 December 2016].
    • Sharpe, D. and Henn, M., 2016. UK young voters are not anti EU but just don't understand it. E! Sharp.
    •Henn, M. and Sharpe, D. (2014) ‘European democratic politics in crisis?’, So… The School of Social Sciences Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2014, pp.8-9 http://www.ntu.ac.uk/soc/document_uploads/167854.pdf
    •Sharpe, D. (2014) Independent Thinkers and Learners: A critical evaluation of the ‘Growing Together Schools Programme’, In: Pastoral Care in Education, 32(3).197-207.
    •Sharpe, D. (2014) Young people’s involvement in policy research, Children's Geographies, Vol 13(2). 240-248
    •Sharpe, D. (2009) The value of young people doing research: where do young people's count? In: Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Services Research Group 27(2), pp-pp97-106.
    • Boeck, T. & Sharpe, D.  (2009) An exploration of participatory research with young people, In: Coyote, Strasbourg, The Council Europe and the European Commission, No.14.
    •Jessiman, T. and Sharpe, D. (2008) ‘The Value of Young Researchers’, Children and Young People Now, 24-30 September, p. 37

    Publications: Sharpe, D. Waller. T, Lane, P., and Almond, P. (In press) Exploring Adolescents’ Experience of Participation in a Randomised Control Trial and Survey of Suicide Prevention using the Internet.

    •Sharpe, D. & Boeck, T. (2009) An exploration of participatory research with young people, In: Coyote, Strasbourg, The Council Europe and the European Commission, No.14.

    Sharpe, D. & Törrönen, M. (In press) Children and Young People in Social Work, In: (Ed) Törrönen, M. Reciprocal Social Work, Helsinki, Gaudeamus.

    Sharpe, D. (2014) Independent Thinkers and Learners: A critical evaluation of the ‘Growing Together Schools Programme’, In: Pastoral Care in Education, 32(3).197-207.

    •Sharpe, D. (2014) Young people’s involvement in policy research, Children's Geographies, Vol 13(2). 240-248

    •Sharpe, D. (2009) The value of young people doing research: where do young people's count? In: Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Services Research Group 27(2), pp-pp97-106.

    •Sharpe, D. & Boeck, T. (2009) An exploration of participatory research with young people, In: Coyote, Strasbourg, The Council Europe and the European Commission, No.14.

    •Sharpe, D. Moules, T. (2014) Research with Children and Young People, In: Thurston, C. (Ed) Essential Nursing Care for Children and Young People, London, Routledge.

    •Sharpe, D. (2012) How to make research a positive experience: Ensuring adequate training, preparation and support, In: Fleming, J. & Boeck, T. (Ed) Involving Children and Young People in Health and Social Care, London, Routledge.

    •Sharpe, D. (2009) The value of young people doing research: where do young people's count? In: Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Services Research Group 27(2), pp-pp97-106.

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    The list of modules and lectures below represent a range of foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes that I have (co) designed and delivered between 2005-18.

    Foundation
    • Research Skills Training: Commercialisation of CYP, Diana Awards
    • Research Skills Training: Brooks Young People’s Sexual Health
    • Young Researcher Network Training Programme, NYA
    • Young Commissioners Training programme, UEL
    Undergraduate
    • Demythologizing research with children and young people, ARU
    • Doing research reflectivity: the case of disability research ARU
    • Interviews and focus groups, ARU
    • ‘Race’, Culture and Society, NTU
    • Qualitative Research Methods and Methodologies, NTU
    • Research methods in Criminology, Iboro
    • Research Skills Training: Secondary Data, UEL
    • Research Skills Training: Risk Assessment, UEL
    • ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education, ARU
    Postgraduate
    • Action Research: problem solving approach, ARU
    • Commissioning and Purchasing for Public Care: Children’s Service, Oxford Brookes University
    Doctoral
    • Designing questionnaires and surveys, ARU
    • Analysing qualitative data, ARU
    • Qualitative approaches to research, ARU
    • Research Ethics, ARU
    • Qualitative Research Methods: Interviews, Documentary sources and Observations, ARU
    Continuing Professional Development
    Most of my current teaching is concentrated on training practitioner-researchers (public and third sector workers) in real world settings as part of their continuing professional development. For instance:
    • eCPD module funded and hosted by Barts Health and North Thames CLARHC.  Available here: http://www.ehealthpd.com/ecpd/
    • Evaluation mentor for providers implementing the Communities Driving Change Programme on behalf of Tower Hamlets Public Health Team (2018–22)
     Workforce development for Dudley Council Integrated Commissioning Hub & Children and Youth Services (2018–19)
    • Evaluation mentor for Public Health England Youth Champions Programme (2016–17)
    • IPC, Oxford Brookes University Clinical Commissioning 4 day Course (2017-18)
    • Family First Limit, Member of the Equality and Diversity Review Group (EDIT): staff trainer/facilitator of equality and diversity in the workplace, 2003-04.
    Dr Sharpe lectured in the Department of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and Anglia Ruskin. He has designed and taught modules in Core Sociology, ‘Race’, Culture and Society and in Qualitative Research Methodologies and Methods for doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students. He is held in high-esteem by students and colleagues for his teaching, scholarship and research and features in the 2014-15 Anglia Ruskin postgraduate prospectus. What’s more, Dr Sharpe has trained and mentored teachers to conduct action research in the school environment and provided bespoke research skills training to public and third sector employees. 
     
    PhD Students
    •    Sharon Clarke (part time) The ‘voice’ of children requiring palliative care: A Mosaic Approach (supervised with Dr Geraldine Davis).

    • Karen Badlan (full-time) Explorations into Young People’s Political Literacy: How well equipped are young people for political engagement? (From 2nd to 1st to 2nd supervisor due to change of Institution). Awarded PhD August 2017.

    • Emma Green (full-time) An Exploration of an Asset-based Approach to the Management of Diabetes in Young People: A qualitative participatory approach (2nd Supervisor) Viva 2019. 

    • Nick Marsh (full-time) Adolescents at Risk: An exploratory study of contemporary attitudes and the systemic response to adolescent females at risk of sexual harm and exploitation (2nd supervisor). Started 2018.

    • Theeba KRISHNAMOORTHY (full-time) Multi-stakeholder attitudes towards young peoples’ Relationship and Sex Education for Sri Lankan Tamil Young People in the UK. Theeba Started 2017.

    Teaching