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Dr Annabel Tremlett

Senior Lecturer

Annabel Tremlett


Dr Annabel Tremlett is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, teaching on the undergraduate and Masters programme along with supervising PhD and Professional Doctorate students.

Dr Tremlett was awarded her PhD in Cultural Studies from King’s College London in 2008. Her PhD that focused on the integration of Roma minorities in Hungary, comparing everyday lives to broader policy and media discourses on integration and racism (supervised by Professor Ben Rampton and Dr Roxy Harris, funded by the ESRC, PhD awarded with no amendments). She completed post-doctoral research in Hungary with a British Academy institutional visit grant in 2008. Since joining the University of Portsmouth in 2009, she has been awarded a Start-Up Award (2009) and a Research Mini-Grant (2010) to further her research on the visual and oral self-representations of minority groups. In 2013, she conducted research in Hungary to further her PhD research thanks to a British Academy Small Grant (2012-14), and gained two fellowships from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to research in Budapest with Hungarian academics (2014 and 2015). She has been a recipient of European Commission Funds (2014) to run a workshop on Roma integration and was invited to be a reviewer for the Commission’s FP7 research funding streams from 2012.

At the University of Portsmouth, alongside her lecturing role Dr Tremlett is the lead for the MSc Social Work degree course (stage one), facilitates the service user inclusion group ‘SWIG’, is an active participant in the research clusters Transnational Europe and Global Health and Social Care, and sits on the Ethics Committee in the Science Faculty. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on the interface between public and local representations of minority groups in Europe with a particular concern for Roma (sometimes known as Gypsy or Traveller) people and post-EU accession migrants. My PhD research focused on how best to attend and access the voices of children in Hungary using ethnographic approach (spending 15 months carrying out fieldwork) and creative methodologies such as photo elicitation (self-representations). Overall, my research focuses on the everyday, which means in-depth research with a focus on the art of listening and paying attention to how people’s self-representations differ from public representations, such as those used by the media or policy. I look at what this interface between the public and local representations means for the way people integrate into their communities and how they perceive their position in society. Hence my published work falls into three threads:

(i) Questioning how we can best access and attend to the voice of the child and other research participants in research and practice.

(ii) Understanding the power of visual representations (e.g. in the media, social policy and popular culture) and how research can challenge misleading images.

(iii) Focusing on the way language (and communication) is used in the research process and how that affect the way we (researchers) present that research and therefore affect the way we represent our research participants.

My research is regularly published in leading journals such as The Sociological Review, Ethnicities, Identities and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

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