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Dr Esmee Hanna

Dr Esmee Hanna
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Dr Esmee Hanna

Research Officer

School of Health & Community Studies

???? E.S.Hanna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Esmee Hanna

Dr Esmée Hanna is a research assistant within the University’s Centre for Public Health Promotion, and a Sociologist, with specific experience and expertise in qualitative research, including visual methods. Her major research interests are around fatherhood, men’s reproduction, families and young people.

Having completed a PhD exploring the English student movement of the 1960s in 2012, Esmée produced her first sole authored book on the topic (Student Power!: The radical days of the English Student Movement) which was published in 2013.

After teaching Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and Law at the University of Leeds, and Social Sciences at the Open University she moved into a research focused career, working as a researcher on the Young Lives at Times project which was part of Timescapes, a major ESRC funded longitudinal programme of work at the University of Leeds. This work saw her exploring secondary analysis of data around young people, as well as conducting research about teenage fathers (The Following Fathers project). Esmée has also conducted research for major companies, including Co-Operative Legal Services and Legal & General.

Research Interests

Esmée's current research focuses predominantly around fatherhood, fertility and wider understandings of men’s health and wellbeing. Esmée works in close collaboration with community, practitioner and professional partners within her research.

Current projects:

  • Young Fathers Support Service Evaluation - This two year project will evaluate a new initiative in the North East of England which aims to improve the wellbeing, relationships and skills of young men who are fathers. The project will be using visual methods alongside qualitative and quantitative measures to capture young men’s views and experiences.
  • Health and wellbeing of men within the construction industry - Funded by the Construction Industry Training Board, this project is scoping research. Its aims are to explore any key health and wellbeing issues within the construction industry, and to identify possible future directions for the improvement of health and wellbeing within the construction workforce.

Recent projects:

  • Supporting Young Dads (SYD project) - Funded by a Leeds Beckett University Early Careers Fellowship this project explored the use and value of community groups for supporting and impacting positively on young men who are fathers.
  • Male infertility - Working with Professor Brendan Gough (Psychology) this project examined men’s online accounts of emotions and help seeking for infertility. 

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