Jill Clark has worked as an academic researcher for over 22 years and is a Senior Research Associate and Business Development Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, based in ECLS. Although now working in the field of educational research, Jill has a strong background in Social Sciences research. Her first degree is in Behavioural Sciences and she then completed her postgraduate degree in Criminology at Cambridge University. Jill has led many funded research projects and has specialist knowledge and experience of qualitative methods - participant observation, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. A growing specialism is the use of participatory research methods - in particular with young people - alongside and the use of visual research methods and tools.
She has considerable social research experience – particularly qualitative methodologies and tools - in evaluating collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of vulnerable young people and the wider community and has a good history of completing projects in the areas of offender learning and education. Her research in prison education has led to several high quality publications - the book has had a notable political profile and was used in the Select Committee Inquiry on prison education and led to invitations to speak at various events related to prison reform, including such as the Forum on Prisoner Education annual conference. Jill has worked on 55+ projects during the last 21 years and has been Principal Investigator on 15 externally funded research and consultancy projects. See: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/staff/profile/jill.clark