Ann O'Sullivan

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer (Sociology)


About me

Following my initial training as a general nurse I undertook my first degree in Sociology at Staffordshire Polytechnic graduating in 1991. I have worked as a social researcher and lecturer across a number of different institutions including Staffordshire, Keele and London Metropolitan Universities. A qualified person centred counsellor I have practiced in the voluntary sector in Staffordshire for over five years, working mainly with female survivors of sexual violence. I gained my PhD from Salford University in 2011. In my spare time I enjoy long distance swimming and walking.



RGN Pass with Distinction (Dorset School of Nursing)
BA Hon Sociology (Staffordshire Polytechnic)  
MSc Social Research Methods with Health Studies (Staffordshire University)
Certificate in Counselling (Keele University)
Diploma in Counselling (Keele University)
PhD Sociology (University of Salford)


Professional Memberships and Activities

European Network – CUHP (Constructing Understandings of Homeless Populations)



Have taught sociology and social research methods for over a decade and have a wealth of field experience having conducting local, national and cross European projects.


Research and Interests

Youth homelessness, youth transitions into the labour market, family conflict and family mediation, post structural therapies.


Selected Publications

Smith, J. Dr & O’Sullivan, A. Tamworth Single Homeless Project (1993) Funded by Tamworth Housing and Community Chest

O’Sullivan, A. Evaluation of Student Views of Welfare Services (1995) Commissioned by Welfare Services Staffordshire University

Ing, P. & O’Sullivan, A. A Report of Residents’ Views of Staffordshire Probation Service Approved and Probation Accommodation Grants Scheme Funded Hostels (1997) funded by Staffordshire Probation Service.

Smith, J. Gilford, S.J. & O’Sullivan, A. The family Background of Young Homeless People (1998) Family Policy Studies Centre/Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

O’Sullivan, A. Building Bridges – An evaluation of Family Mediation Services (2002)

Jones, G. & O’Sullivan, A. Young people and their parents: Variation in beliefs and practices surrounding needs and support. Paper presented to the seminar: Leaving home: Young People and Independence, Associate-Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs, (January 2004)
Jones, G. & O’Sullivan, A. & Rouse, J. Because it’s worth it – December 2004 in Youth and Society:Sage Paper given at Conference British Sociological Association Families Study Group: ‘Time, Space and Family Practices: A Dialogic Conference’ 1415 January 2005 – Keele University

Smith, J. Dr. Brown, O. Newton, V. & O’Sullivan, A. What Happened Next: A report on ex residents of Foyers,(2006)

Jones, G. & O’Sullivan, A. & Rouse, J. Young adults, Partners & Parents: Individual Agency and the Problems of Support September 2006 in Journal of Youth Studies: Routledge

O’Sullivan. A. (2011) Claims Counter Claims and Mitigations: Reconceptualising Family Conflict: Proximities Thinking About Relationships: 14th-15th September 2011: Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life: University of Manchester.

O’Sullivan. A. & Duckett. N (2012) UK Evaluation of the Eight Stage Model: Incorporated into the final document (

Petra Van Leewen-Den Dekke (2012) Testing the Eight Stage Model:Evaluation of the method for Young Homeless People in the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic.


Presentation of Key Findings from ESRC Youth Research Programme to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs: Chair Clare Ward M.P. Jan 2004 Portcullis House Westminster.
Presentation of Methodological Papers in Madrid, Copenhagen and London as a member of the Constructing Understandings of Homeless Populations European Thematic Network:


Ann O'Sullivan
Arts & Creative Technologies - PTL
Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
t: +44 (0)1782 294012