I’m an early career academic researcher, currently employed by the University of Manchester. My background is in sociology, where I am interested in studies of children and childhood, educational inclusion, and the medicalisation of everyday life. I am currently employed on a project looking at the knowledge and identity work of healthcare managers in three hospital trusts, which is based at Manchester Business School.

My PhD thesis was an ethnographic study of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, which I am currently turning into a book to be published with Routledge. Following the completion of my doctorate I stayed in the academy as a contract researcher, and I have since contributed to a number of health related projects, one of which was an ethnographic study of health care assistants in dementia care, which involved three researchers donning the uniform of a heath care assistant to conduct participant observation. As part of the dissemination of this project we enlisted the skills of a playwrite to create a piece of theatre from our fieldnotes. The script has since been written and workshopped at a local theatre, and we are now working towards a full production for 2013.

A full list of my publications is below. For more information on my research, including various papers available to download please visit my research profile, you can also read my thesis here.


Bailey, S. (Forthcoming). Exploring ADHD: An ethnography of disorder in early childhood. Abingdon: Routledge (expected publication: 2013).

Schneider, J., Beeley, C., Scales, K., Bailey, S., Verhaeghe, M., & Bracke, P. (2012). Ward features and stigma experiences of mental health service users: A replication study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry (In press).

Scales, K., Bailey, S., & Lloyd, J. (2011). Separately and together: reflections on conducting a collaborative team ethnography in dementia care. Enquire, 6, 24-49.

Lloyd, J., Schneider, J., Scales, K., Bailey, S., Jones, R.  (2011). In-group identity as an obstacle to effective multidisciplinary teamworking: findings from an ethnographic study of healthcare assistants in dementia care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25 (5), 345–351.

Bailey, S. (2010). The DSM and the dangerous school child. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14 (6), 581-592.

Schneider, J., Scales, K., Bailey, S., Lloyd, J. (2010). Challenging care: The role and experience of Health Care Assistants in dementia wards. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

Bailey, S. (2009). Producing ADHD: An ethnographic study of behavioural discourses of early childhood. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

Bailey, S., & Thomson, P. (2009). Routine (dis)order in an infant school. Ethnography and Education, 4(2), 211-227.

NICE (2008). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults. London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Bailey, S. (2008). Disordered experiences – beyond myth/reality. British Educational Research Journal, 34(1), 135-141.


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