Kaz is a professor of social and health inequalities. She is an active researcher promoting social justice and participative research methods. Kaz was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Research in 2016.
Kaz is the Director of the Centre of Research in Health and Society which seeks to positively transform health and wellbeing outcomes locally, nationally and internationally. Kaz is the university's manager for the National Institute of Health Research, Applied Research Collaboration, North East and North Cumbria.
Kaz is an Editor of Educational Action Research, reviewer-in-chief for the Social Publishers Foundation and a trustee of the Francis. C. Scott Charitable Trust.
Qualifications and memberships
BA Ed. Hons in Primary Education and English
M.B.A. Educational Leadeship
PGC Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
PGC Executive Coaching and Mentoring
PhD. Collaborative Practice
HEA Principal Fellow
Academic and research interests
- Social and health inequalities
- Wellbeing, empowerment and agency
- Social Justice
- Contemporary issues for children, adolescents and families
- Cultural Historical Activity Theory
- Integrated services
- Creative, participative and socially just research methods
- Asset or strengths based approaches.
Current PhD Students:
- Developing a Theory of Authentic Family Learning. Second Supervisor (Charlotte Hardacre, completion due September 2020)
- Mind the gap through protection, prevention and promotion: Adopting a biopsychosocial approach to adolescent pathways and curricula within children’s nursing practice Second Supervisor (Nadine Littler, completion due December 2020)
- Youth Work…… The Mystery and Magic. What does an evidence base for the future of Youth Work look like? Lead Supervisor (Tracy Cowle, completion due 2022)
- How many online networks enable collective mobilisation through learning. Second Supervisor (Dorian Cave, completion due 2022)
- Mental health strategies in schools. Lead Supervisor (Dave McPartlan, completion due 2023)
- Trauma Informed Arts Based Interventions. Lead Supervisor (Lydia Pell, completion due 2024)
- The Wellbeing of Student Midwives. Lead Supervisor (Sophie Ray, completion due 2026)
- Exploring Children’s Abuse of Parents. Second Supervisor (Ged McElhone, completion due 2021).
Books and monographs – 3 published, 1 in press.
Stuart, K., Maynard, L., Rouncefield, C. (2015) Evaluating Projects with Young People: Creative Research Methods. 228 pages. London: SAGE Publications.
Maynard, L., Stuart, K. (2018) Promoting Young People’s Wellbeing Through Empowerment and Agency: A Critical Framework for Practice. 179 pages. London: Routledge.
Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2021) A Practitioners Guide to Participatory Research. Bristol: Policy Press – in writing.
Parts or chapters of books – 11
Stuart, K. (2012) Storytelling and Cycles of Development in Paul McIntosh and Digby Warren (eds.) Creativity in the Classroom: Case studies in using the arts in teaching and learning in higher education. Pp. 149-164. Bristol: Intellect Books.
Gray, T. and Stuart, K. (2012) The Power of Storytelling in Adventure Therapy in Encounters, The Fifth International Adventure Therapy Conference Proceedings, (eds.) Pryor, A., Carpenter, C., Kirchner, J., Norton, C. Pp. 220-230. Czech Republic: Art and Science European Publishing.
Ashworth, L., Maynard, M., Stuart, K. (2015) Ethical Considerations in Outdoor Studies Research in The International Handbook of Outdoor Studies, (eds.) H. Prince, B. Humberstone, C. Henderson. Pp. 198 – 206. London: Sage.
Stuart, K. (2017) Alice through the looking glass: An Autoethnographic account of women’s leadership in OE in the UK, International Handbook of Women’s Contribution to Outdoor Learning, Eds., Professor Denise Mitten and Tonia Grey. Pp.235-246. Palgrave Macmillan.
Stuart, K., Shay, M. (2018) Epistemological Exclusion, in Educational Research in the Age of the Anthropocene: Chronology, Context and Contestability, In Vicente Reyes, Jennifer Charteris, Adele Nye & Sofia Marvopoulo (Eds), Educational Research in the Age of the Anthropocene. pp.188-210. Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global.
Stuart, K., Bunting, M., Mikkelsen, S.H., Moshuus, G. (2020) Chapter 3: Not everything is as it seems. The context of Early School Leavers in D. T. Graveson, K. Stuart, S.H. Mikkelsen, G. Moshuus, M. Bunting (Eds.) Marginalisation and co-created Education: Methods, theories and practices from the perspectives of young people. London: Emerald.
Stuart, K., Graveson, D.T. (2020) Chapter 5: The Equalities Literacy Framework in D. T. Graveson, K. Stuart, S.H. Mikkelsen, G. Moshuus, M. Bunting (Eds.) Marginalisation and co-created Education: Methods, theories and practices from the perspectives of young people. London: Emerald.
Stuart, K., Terras, D., Cowle, T. (2020) Chapter 12: Educational Deprivation in Blackpool in the UK in D. T. Graveson, K. Stuart, S.H. Mikkelsen, G. Moshuus, M. Bunting (Eds.) Marginalisation and co-created Education: Methods, theories and practices from the perspectives of young people. London: Emerald.
Stuart, K., Bunting, M., Graveson, D.T. (2020) Chapter 14: The MaCE Framework for Wellbeing, Education, Learning and Development in D. T. Graveson, K. Stuart, S.H. Mikkelsen, G. Moshuus, M. Bunting (Eds.) Marginalisation and co-created Education: Methods, theories and practices from the perspectives of young people. London: Emerald.
Hardacre, C., Stuart, K., Shay, M., Kinead Clark, Z. (2021) Socially Just, Authentic Research with Families in S. Quaid and C. Hugman (Eds.) Families and Personal Lives in the 21stCentury: Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. London: Taylor and Francis – in press.
Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2021) Wellbeing Development for Young People who have experienced violence and abuse, in J.Taylor and E.Bates (Eds.) Children and adolescent’s experiences of violence and abuse at home: current theory, research and practitioner insights. London: Taylor and Francis– in press.
Full papers in refereed journals – 27
Stuart, K. (2010) Narratives and Stories as Action Research Tools for Youth Work, Journal of Youth Work, No 6, pp. 20-29.
Stuart, K. (2010) Walking the Talk: Authentic Teaching of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, The Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal Vol.2 Dec 2010, pp.7-19.
Stuart, K., Alger, A. (2011) The Use of Transactional Analysis in Secondary Education: A Case Study, Teacher Education Advancement Journal. 3:1, pp. 21-34.
Stuart, K. (2011) Leading multi-professional teams in the children’s workforce: an action research project, International Journal of Integrated Care, 13, pp.1-12,
Stuart, K. (2011) Narratives and activity theory as reflective tools in action research, Educational Action Research Journal 20:3, pp.439-453.
Stuart, K. (2014) Activity Theory as a Reflective and Analytic Tool for Action Research on Multi-Professional Collaborative Practice, The Journal of Reflective Practice, 15 (3), pp.333-346.
Stuart, K. (2014) Collaborative Agency to Support Integrated Care for Children, Young People and Families: An Action Research Study the International Journal of Integrated Care, (14), pp.1-13.
Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2015) Non-Formal Youth Work and its Impact on Young People’s Lives, Youth Work Non-formal Education and Youth Participation: Thematic Issue of the Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 7(1), pp.231-262.
Stuart, K. and Wilcox, M. (2017) System Leadership Development in Children’s Centres in the UK, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 8 (4), pp.470-488.
Stuart, K., Perris, E. (2017) Asset-based youth work, Cogent Sociology, 3 (1), 1377989, pp. 1-16.
Stuart, K. (2017) Value-based Relational Leadership Practice in Children’s Centres: An Action Research Project, Educational Action Research, 26 (5), pp.716-735.
Stuart, K. (2018) Rebalancing the scales – asset-balanced practice, Sociology International Journal, 2 (1), pp.1-2.
Stuart, K. Moshuus, G., Bunting, M., Graveson, D., Holvig, S., Frostholm, P. Cammack, P., Walker, S., Boyd, P. (2019) An Equalities Literacy Framework for Practitioners Working with Children, Young People and Families through Action Research, Educational Action Research, doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2019.1593870
Stuart, K., Willocks, K., Browning, R. (2018) Questioning Personal Tutoring in Higher Education, Educational Action Research, 0(0).
Stuart, K. (2019) Becoming a Scholar Activist for Social Justice, Action Research Network of the Americas Conference Proceedings 2019.
Stuart, K., Walker, S. (2019) Great Expectations in the UK Educational System, Journal of Youth Voices in Education, 1(1).
Stuart, K. (2019) Challenging Neoliberal Discourses as ‘nasty little theories’: Co-Creation in Higher Education, Journal of Youth Voices in Education, 1(2), pp.59-70.
Stuart, K. (2020) A Critique of ‘Early School Leaving’, ‘Drop Out’ and ‘NEET’ from the UK, Denmark and Norway: Marginalisation and Co-created Education Research Project, The Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice https://doi.org/10.33423/jhetp.v20i7.3151
Stuart, K. (2020) Problematic Participation: Reflections on the Process and Outcomes of Participatory Action Research into Educational Inequalities, Educational Action Research, https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2020.1851737
Stuart, K., Faghy, M., Browning, R., Grimwood, S., Roberts, C., Winn-Reed, T. (2020) A biopsychosocial analysis of the impact of COVID-19 and its control measures: A multidisciplinary approach, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, DOI 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0301
Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Stoner, L.,Haraf, R, H., Josephson, R., Hills, A, P., Dixit, S., Popovic, D., Smith, A., Myers, J,. Bacon, S, L., Niebauer, J., Dourado, V, Z., Babu, A, S., Maden-Wilkinson, T, M., Copeland, R, J., Gough, L, A., Bond, S., Stuart, K., Bewick, T., Ashton, R, E, M., (2021) The Need for Exercise Sciences and an Integrated Response to COVID-19: A Position Statement from the International HL-PIVOT Network, Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2021.01.004
Stuart, K. (2020) Leading Family Centres through Covid-19, The Social Publishing Foundation, https://www.socialpublishersfoundation.org/knowledge_base/leading-family-centres-through-covid-19/
Stuart, K., Terras, D., Pell, L., Bateman, C., Clinton, C., Franklin, L., Kinnersley, L., Linehan, S., Lucioni, L., Merrington, L., Shaukat., A. (2021) Learning To Support National Online Youth Led Research, The Social Publishing Foundation,https://www.socialpublishersfoundation.org/kb-browse/youth-participatory-action-research/
Stuart, K. (2021) Biopsychosocial determinants of wellbeing – a blueprint for tackling well-being inequalities? , SCIREA Journal of Sociology, 5(3). http://article.scirea.org/pdf/84565.pdf
Stuart, K., Routledge, R., Robson, M., Trennel, E., Stephan, I., Davies, L., Graham, M. (2021) School Based Youth Participatory Health Research – What Works?, Social Publishing Foundation Knowledge Base. https://www.socialpublishersfoundation.org/knowledge_base/school-based-youth-participatory-health-research-what-works/
Grimwood, S., Stuart, K., Browning, R., Bidmead, E., Winn-Reed, T. (2021) The Perception of Biopsychosocial Impacts of COVID-19 During Lockdown Restrictions over time in the UK – A Mixed Methods Study, The Journal of Ideas in Health, 14(2), pp.131 https://www.jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/131
Stuart, K., Bampouras, T., Hudson, J., Akpan, A., Hayes, T., Sapsford, F., Armstrong, R., Sutcliffe, L., Bowyer, J. (2021) Sociocultural Understandings of Ageing, From Perception to Practice, Gerentology, Social Series. In press.
Other significant contributions to journals - 7
Stuart, K. (2007) Does my bum look big in this? Self image and the outdoors, Horizons, (37), Spring 2007, pp.18-24.
Stuart, K. (2007) Tools of the Trade: Windows on the World…and into Outdoor Education, Horizons, (38), Summer 2007, pp.30 – 32.
Stuart, K. (2013) Becomings, Action Research in Diverse Contexts: The Contemporary Challenge, The Collaborative Action Research Network Bulletin 2013, pp.6-11.
Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2013) Developing a Theory of Change, Horizons, (63) October 2013, pp.19-24.
Stuart, K. (2017) ‘VUCA’ Contexts in Children’s Centres Demands System Leadership, Children’s Centre Leader, February, 2017.
Stuart, K., Hillman, S. (2017) An Asset-Based Approach to Theory of Change, Centre for Youth Impact Evidence and Impact Essay Collection. London: Centre for Youth Impact.
Stuart, K. (2018) The Impact of Poor Housing on Child Development Outcomes, West Cumbria Child Poverty Report 2018. Whitehaven: Cumbria Child Poverty Forum.
Other media outputs – 12
Haines Lyon, C., Ralls, D., Stuart, K. (2021) Democratic Methodologies: Disrupting Research Podcast, Conversations in Social Justice Series. York St John University Institute for Social Justice. Accessible at: https://anchor.fm/isj/episodes/Democratic-Methodologies-Disrupting-Research-e1002sa
Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2021) Social Justice and Education: Take the time no 15, CommuniTEA Talks Podcasts. Available at: https://www.malitcommunitylearning.com/podcasts
Anon (2020) Cumbria is ‘Uniquely Unequal’ for children according to an inequality expert, News and Star, 23rd January 2020. Accessible at: https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18179848.cumbria-uniquely-unequal-children-according-inequality-expert/
Stuart, K. (2020) National Covid-19 Research A Biopsychosocial Analysis. Determinants, Impacts, Support Needs and Learning from the Pandemic. Report One. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Grimwood, S. (2020) National Covid-19 Research A Biopsychosocial Analysis. Determinants, Impacts, Support Needs and Learning from the Pandemic. Report Two. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Browning, R., Grimwood, S., Roberts, C. (2020) National Covid-19 Research A Biopsychosocial Analysis. Determinants, Impacts, Support Needs and Learning from the Pandemic. Report Three. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Bidmead, E. (2020) National Covid-19 Research: Covid-19 Mental Health Survey. Report Four. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Bidmead, E., Browning, R., Grimwood, S., Roberts, C., Winn-Reed, T. (2020) National Covid-19 Research A Biopsychosocial Analysis. Determinants, Impacts, Support Needs and Learning from the Pandemic. Report Five. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Bidmead, E., Browning, R., Grimwood, S., Roberts, C., Winn-Reed, T. (2020) National Covid-19 Research. Deep Dives: Different Groups’ Experiences of and Recovery Needs from Covid-19. Report Six. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Bidmead, E., Browning, R., Grimwood, S., Winn-Reed, T. (2021) National Covid-19 Research. The Longitudinal Biopsychosocial Impacts of Covid-19. Report Seven. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Hayes, T., Hudson, J., Bampouras, T., Akpan, A., Sutcliffe, L., Bowyer, J., Sapsford, F., Harness, S., Bidmead, E. (2021) Healthy Ageing in the North of England. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Stuart, K., Henderson, E., Robson, I., Browning, R. (2021) Youth Participatory Research Resources. NIHR ARC NENC Funded Resources. Carlisle: University of Cumbria.
Recent external roles
Board Member - Youth Endowment Fund
Trustee - Francis. C. Scott Charitable Trust
Editor - Educational Action Research
Reviewer in Chief - Social Publishing Foundation