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Prize awarded for paper on rural tourism transport use in Bali

BUBS PhD student Rama Permana was awarded the Smeed Prize runner-up at the 56th Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) Annual Conference 2024 held at University of Huddersfield earlier this month. Rama presented a paper entitled Sustainability Transitions in Rural Tourism Travel: Who are the ‘Switchable’ Visitor Segments? The paper draws on surveys at 3 rural sites in Bali following qualitative interviews on the first stage of his PhD study. Utilising hierarchical and non-hierarchical cluster analysis, this paper discovers traveller segmentation in the tourism destination based on their own rural travel practices.  (Image source: Huddersfield Business School)

New research on domestic abuse service provision for minority groups

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse from minority communities face additional barriers in accessing support, research by an interdisciplinary team at BU has found. The research explored the experiences of LGBTQ+, black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, and disabled people to understand their specific support needs, as well as the barriers and needs of a wider population based in Southampton and its surrounding areas.

The team of researchers comprised Terri Cole in Psychology, Jane Healy in Criminology and Orlanda Harvey in Social Work, who undertook a series of data collection measures over the last 12 months. Through interviews and a survey with women (and men) who experience domestic abuse or know of someone who has experienced domestic abuse, they identified a variety of individual and structural barriers to getting support.

The work was commissioned by Yellow Door and Stop Domestic Abuse; you can read more about the project, it’s findings and recommendations, and access a link to the report here: Minority groups face additional barriers in accessing domestic abuse services, research finds | Bournemouth University

New paper: Tourism and transport use in Bali, Indonesia

Congratulations to BUBS PhD student Rama Permana on the publication of his paper ‘The (un)sustainability of rural tourism travel in the Global South: A social practice theory perspective’ in the International Journal of Tourism Research. The paper draws on a series of semi-structured interviews with tourists and destination stakeholders which explore tourists’ rural travel practices in Bali, Indonesia. The paper uses a social practices perspective to explore how Bali’s transport provision has evolved to meet residents’ needs for travel and income generation, shaping the options for tourists. The paper highlights how transition to more sustainable transport use is challenging when local populations are invested in existing transport provision and how this provision has become part of the tourism experience. 

AFE Staff Seminar delivered by Professor Arusha Cooray



Professor Arusha Cooray, Head of Accounting and Finance academic group, College of Business, Law and Governance at the James Cook University, Australia delivered a session at the AFE Staff Seminar on 28th June, 2024. She is an Editor of Journal of International Development (CABS 2*) and an Associate Editor of International Journal of Finance and Economics (CABS 3*).

Her research seminar topic was “Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Outflows and Host Country Economic Growth “. It was followed by a “Meet the Editor” session. Both were very engaging and well attended by staff and PGRs.

Positionality in qualitative research

At the online editorial board meeting today [Saturday 29th June] of the Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology I had the pleasure of seeing Bournemouth University’s latest paper ‘The Importance of Positionality for Qualitative Researchers’ ahead of publication [1].  The lead author of this paper is Hannah Gurr and this methodology paper is part of her M.Res. research project in Social Work.  Hannah is supervised by Dr. Louise Oliver, Dr. Orlanda Harvey and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (FHSS).

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology is a Gold Open Access journal so when it appears online it will be free to read for anybody across the globe.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health


  1. Gurr, H., Oliver, L., Harvey, O., van Teijlingen, E. (2024) The Importance of Positionality for Qualitative Researchers, Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 18 (forthcoming)

Public Involvement in PhD Research – New Paper Published by BU PhD Student

Enhancing Research Quality Through Public Involvement: Insights from a PhD Project with People Affected by Advanced Liver Disease

Public involvement in research is no longer an optional add-on but an essential component of conducting high-quality research. Engaging with people affected by the research can provide invaluable insights and enhance the relevance and impact of the findings. Researchers are encouraged to collaborate closely with those who have lived experience of the issues being studied.

Cathy Beresford has exemplified this approach by co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper with members of her public involvement group. Published in Health Expectations, the paper is titled “Embedding Public Involvement in a PhD Research Project With People Affected by Advanced Liver Disease.” It details her strategy of integrating public involvement (PI) into her research, ensuring that the voices of those affected by liver disease are central to the project’s development and implementation.

By sharing insights from her project, Cathy aims to inspire and guide fellow postgraduate researchers in embedding PI strategies effectively into their own work. Her experience demonstrates that meaningful public involvement can lead to richer, more impactful research outcomes that are deeply informed by the experiences and needs of those directly affected.

For those interested in exploring this approach further, the paper is available here: Embedding Public Involvement in a PhD Research Project With People Affected by Advanced Liver Disease (

BU MSc Student, Sarah Clark, presents MSc dissertation research at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2024

Sarah, who is a BU MSc Student studying Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, presented research from her MSc dissertation on Friday 7th June at The BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2024.

Supervised by Dr Emily Arden-Close, Sarah’s dissertation delved into the daily experiences of autistic individuals with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS). This was lived-experience research as Sarah has both conditions herself, and therefore engaging with her study participants carried huge emotional relevance and importance to her personally.

The research found that traits commonly associated with autism, such as the need for routine and structure, significantly aid in planning daily activities and managing EDS symptoms. However, participants also highlighted the psychological challenges of having to adjust meticulously planned routines due to acute pain and fatigue flare-ups. This qualitative research underscores the complexity and challenges faced by those living with both hEDS and autism.

Sarah was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a rarely diagnosed genetic connective tissue disorder) in February 2020. This diagnosis came after fifteen years of physical symptoms which were misdiagnosed as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Sarah has an extremely rare co-condition called Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) and has studied for her Masters degree on a prescription liquid-only diet, unable to eat food.

Sarah was diagnosed with autism in May 2022, after realising she is autistic thanks to the lectures on autism on her MSc course at BU!

Acknowledging the transformative impact of formal diagnosis on her life, Sarah has embraced lifestyle changes and effective self-management strategies for her hEDS and various co-morbidities.

Sarah sits as a patient expert in the EDS International Consortium, Psychiatric and Psychological Aspects Working Group, and Sarah presented her BMJ paper, “Help me trust you after my misdiagnosis,” at The EDS Global Learning Conference in Dublin last August.

Alongside being a student here, Sarah also works at BU as a Student Ambassador, Digitial Marketing Ambassador and a member of BU PIER (as a member of the public). Passionate about medical education and raising awareness of rare health conditions, Sarah regularly engages in public awareness, volunteering, and charity fundraising.

Influenced by her own health journey and navigating the complexities of the healthcare system, coupled with Complex PTSD from childhood trauma, Sarah has developed a keen interest in various aspects of the diagnostic journey.

In March 2024, Sarah’s art exhibition “Seeking Meaning in Diagnosis” was held in the Atrium Gallery at BU. Sarah recently won the SUBU Award in the “Outstanding Contribution to Equality” category.

As well as being a patient expert, photographer and blogger Sarah is also a keen yogi and she was featured in Hotpod Yoga’s Move with Purpose Campaign, discussing her late-autism diagnosis.

To learn more about Sarah’s inspirational diagnostic journey – visit her website.

FHSS academics’ paper cited 1,000 times

This morning ResearchGate alerted us that our paper published two decades ago ‘The Importance of Pilot Studies’ has now been cited one thousand times [1].  This methods paper in the Nursing Standard is very often used by authors quoting a  paper in their research methods section when they have done pilot or feasibility study for a larger-scale study. This paper is also our second top cited paper with 1,982 citations on Google Scholar and, interestingly enough, on SCOPUS it is not listed at all.

Pilot studies are a crucial element of a good study design. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood of success. Pilot studies fulfill a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers. There is a need for more discussion among researchers of both the process and outcomes of pilot studies. 

This paper is one of several methods paper focusing on pilot studies we have published over the past 22 years [2-8].


Professors Vanora Hundley & Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health




  1. van Teijlingen E, Hundley, V. (2002) ‘The importance of pilot studies’ Nursing Standard 16(40): 33-36. Web:
  2. van Teijlingen E, Rennie, AM., Hundley, V, Graham, W. (2001) The importance of conducting & reporting pilot studies: example of Scottish Births Survey, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 34: 289-95.
  3. Simkhada, P, Bhatta, P., van Teijlingen E (2006) Importance of piloting questionnaire on sexual health research (Letter), Wilderness & Environmental Medical Journal, 17(4): 295-96.
  4. van Teijlingen E, Hundley, V. (2001) The importance of pilot studies, Social Research Update Issue 35, (Editor N. Gilbert), Guildford: University of Surrey.  Web:
  5. Hundley, V., van Teijlingen E.
  6. van Teijlingen E, Hundley, V. (2005) Pilot studies in family planning & reproductive health care, Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care 31(3): 219-21.
  7. (2002) The role of pilot studies in midwifery research RCM Midwives Journal 5(11): 372-74.
  8. van Teijlingen E, Hundley, V. (2003) Pilot study, In: Encyclopaedia of Social Science Research Methods, Vol. 2, Lewis-Beck, M., Bryman, A. & Liao, T. (eds.), Orego, Sage: 823-24.


Improving Working Practices in Television.

Christa van Raalte has been invited to take part in an  industry round-table: Improving Working Practices in Television. Aimed at television professionals the event promises a thought-provoking discussion about the way television is being produced.  Thought leaders will review some of the harsh realities of production: long hours, immense pressure and a climate of fear that silences concerns.  With valuable crew members feeling disrespected and underpaid, the resulting  exodus threatens the very heart of television.

Christa’s participation in this event follows the recent publication of ‘Where have all the PMs gone? Addressing the Production Management Skills gap in UK TV’, which Christa first authored along with Richard Wallis, Rowan Aust and Dawid Pekalski.

Health of Nepalese migrants workers research

Today, Sunday 9th June, our paper ‘Health and well-being of Nepalese migrant workers abroad was highlighted by ResearchGate as being widely read.  This scientific paper which was part of Dr. Pratik Adhikary’s PhD study in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has been read 1,000 times.

Authenticity, Storytelling and Living History to remember events of the 1940s

Over the past few days, we have seen 80th anniversary D-Day commemorations across the country and worldwide.  We have witnessed elements of reenactment, used to highlight the many sacrifices that were made and share a glimpse of what life was like at that time.  D-Day was a pivotal moment in World War II “The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history” (Royal British Legion, 2024) liberating Western Europe and marking the beginning of the end of the Second World War.  This year’s D-Day commemorations were even more poignant, as it will likely be the last major anniversary in which original D-Day veterans will participate.  Those of you who have watched just some of the activities over the past few days will have heard original stories of D-Day veterans, shared to educate the generations to come, with the words ‘we will remember’ echoed by so many.  With this in mind, we are pleased to share these timely pieces of work that really push the importance of ‘events’ to help us commemorate such historic occasions, keeping history alive.

The first; a paper published in the Event Management Journal Presenting an Authentic Reflection of the Past Through Storytelling and Living History in 1940s Events”, by Zoe Leonard and Dr Julie Whitfield. Currently available as open access.

Abstract:  Live events that replicate the 1940s era celebrate the heritage of a defining moment in history. This research presents the results of a study examining authenticity, storytelling, and living history in the context of 1940s events in the UK. The research demonstrates how storytelling and living history intensify the authentic nature of the event, depicting a true reflection of the past and facilitating a collective memory of the era. Through online semi-structured interviews with event organisers and attendees of 1940s events, the findings confirm that organisers feel a sense of cultural duty to tell an accurate story to the best of their abilities. This is supported through living history as presented by reenactment groups. They provide elements of the three concepts of authenticity: objectivism, constructivism, and existentialism. Reenactors provide historically accurate detail and speak with authority, generating what is perceived to be an authentic level of engagement.

The second; a book chapter “Edutainment through Storytelling, Nostalgia and Living History in 1940s Festivals and Events”, in ‘Festivals and Edutainment’, edited by Giulia Rossetti, Brianna Wyatt, Jane Ali-Knight. 2024

This short video provides a Chapter Summary Edutainment Video.mp4

Both pieces of work stem from the MSc Event Management dissertation of Zoe Leonard, supervised by Dr Julie Whitfield, ‘A critical review of authenticity, storytelling and nostalgia within 1940s events in the United Kingdom, to determine if they present an authentic reflection of the past’.