Dr Haridhan Goswami

Senior Lecturer
Dr Haridhan Goswami

Responsibilities

My principal responsibility within the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) is to lead the development of quality research in the field of quantitative social science by preparing, conducting and recording the outcome of quantitative research (including supervision of field work) and analysing, interpreting, and disseminating findings to appropriate groups. My other responsibilities include:

  • Identifying future research opportunities and partners; and to lead the writing of bids for funding and/or tenders for applied research that meet the objectives of funding organisations
  • Keeping relevant stakeholders, including clients, updated on progress, and be responsible for exploring their needs and acting on feedback, in order to ensure that research delivers against their requirements
  • Responding to enquiries and requests for information from other HE institutions and potential clients when required
  • Collaborating with senior academic staff to organise, manage and carry out appropriate research, and actively contribute to the longer term planning and direction of future projects
  • Offering supports to other researchers in research methodology and areas of expertise, and introduce new starters to the area, giving training on basic skills and activities to assist their induction to the team
  • Guiding and supporting research assistants and other members of staff within the department in areas of expertise e.g. in undertaking research and writing up papers for publication.

Background

I started my career as a Lecturer (promoted to Assistant Professor) in the Department of Sociology at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh. I then worked as a Statistical Researcher in the Research Team of The Children’s Society in Leeds, UK for just under six years. I have joined the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) within the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Research Associate in November 2012. I have been working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department since March 2014.

I have Honours and Master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Dhaka and obtained a first class in both degrees. For my Masters thesis, I tested a Durkheimian model on social disorganisation (measured by crime rates) in the context of Bangladesh.

I was awarded a PhD by Hiroshima University, Japan. The Japanese Government fully funded the study through Monbugakakuso Scholarship. Under the supervision of Professor Asako Uehara, I explored intergroup relations between Hindus (minority group) and Muslims (majority group) in Bangladesh. Focusing on the dynamics of power relationship between these two groups in the context of history; my Doctoral research examined the prejudicial and discriminatory aspects of relationships between the members of these two groups in contemporary Bangladesh.

Expertise

  • Research with children and young people
  • Quantitative methods
  • Survey design
  • Multivariate analysis of data
  • Subjective well-being
  • Inter-ethnic group relations

Research Interests

​My primary research interests lie in the application of quantitative methods in social research and well-being of children and young people.

My other research interests include inter-ethnic group relationships, safeguarding young people, adults’ attitudes towards children and young people.

Research Activity

Current projects

  • I am involved in an FP7 funded research project called MYPLACE (Memory, Youth,Political Legacy And Civic Engagement) which explores how young people's social participation is shaped by totalitarianism and populism in Europe. This is a four year project employing a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research to provide new pan-European data that not only measures levels of participation but captures the meanings young people attach to it. Further detail of the project is available at http://www.fp7-myplace.eu/index.php.
  • Evaluation of the London Probation Trust Mentoring Project
  • Evaluation of the London Probation Trust Integrated Domestic Abuse Programmes (IDAP)

Recently completed projects

  • National surveys (2008 and 2010) on children and young people’s well-being in England (Joint research by The Children’s Society and the University of York; funded by The Children’s Society)
  • National survey on adults’ attitudes towards children and childhood (funded by The Children’s Society)
  • Evaluation of the national peer-mentoring anti-bullying programme (funded by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation)
  • Safeguarding young people: Exploring access to protective services and agency responses to young people (aged 11 to 17) who are maltreated (Joint research by The Children’s Society, NSPCC and the University of York; funded by the Big Lottery)

Research training and teaching

Whilst working for The Children’s Society, I developed the module on ‘Analysis of Quantitative Data’ and trained four groups of practitioners and a group of children and young people in analysing quantitative data. I also taught a range of modules including research methods, social statistics, principles of sociology, social demography to undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology at Shahjalal University.

For the Masters students in Sociology at Shahjalal University, I designed and delivered the Advanced Statistics and Methods module. Whilst teaching two statistics modules at Shahjalal University, I identified the need for students to supplement their theoretical knowledge with first-hand data analysis, and so designed laboratory courses with a practical emphasis for these modules. In these courses, I also taught students how to analyse real life data using SPSS and how to interpret the findings.

Publications

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
  • Goswami, H. (2014). Children's Subjective Well-being: Socio-demographic Characteristics and Personality. Volume 7, Issue 1, pp. 119-140. Child Indicators Research. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12187-013-9205-7
  • Franks, M., Medforth, R., Goswami, H. (In Press). Barriers to the uptake of emergency accommodation by young runaways and thrown-out-children and the role of the ‘transitional person’. Children and Society. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12029/full
  • Goswami, H. (2012). Social Relationships and Children’s Subjective Well-being. Social Indicators Research. Volume 107, Issue 3, pp. 575—588. http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11205-011-9864-z
  • Bradshaw, J., Keung, A., Rees, G., and Goswami, H. (2011). Children’s Subjective Well-being: International Comparative Perspectives. Children and Youth Services Review. 33 (4), pp. 548 – 556. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740910001544
  • Franks, M., and Goswami, H. (2010). Rural Runaways: Rurality and its Implications for Services to Children and Young People Who Run Away. Children and Society. 24 (2), pp. 123 – 135. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2008.00202.x/abstract
  • Goswami, H. (2004). Everyday Forms of Discrimination Experienced by the Minority: An Exploratory Study in a Village in Bangladesh. Journal of International Development and Cooperation. 10 (2), pp. 121-150. http://ir.lib.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/00014422
  • Goswami, H., and Nasreen, Z. (2003). Discourses on Minority Representation: The Case of Hindu Religious Minority in Bangladesh. Himalayan and Central Asian Studies. 7 (3-4), pp. 81-102.
  • Nasreen, Z., Goswami, H., and Akhtar, R. (2003). Cultural Constructions of the Reproductive Health of Pregnant and Lactating Mothers: Experiences of Some Village Women in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian Women’s Studies. 12, pp. 62-77. http://www.kfaw.or.jp/publication/journal-of-asian-womens-studie/vol12-cairo10-reviewing-repuro.html.en
  • Goswami, H. (2001). Division of Labour, Anomie and Social Disorganization: A Test of Durkheimian Model in the Context of Bangladesh. The Journal of Social Studies. 92 (April-June), pp. 38-60.
  • Chapter in Book:
  • Bradshaw, J., Rees, G., Keung, A., and Goswami, H. (2010). The Subjective Well-being of Children, in McAuley, C. and Rose, W. (eds) Child Well-being: Understanding Children’s Lives. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp 181- 204.
  • Reports:
  • Franklin, A. and Goswami, H. (2012) Communicate Together: Final Evaluation Report. London: The Children’s Society.
  • Rees, G., Goswami, H., Pople, L., Bradshaw, J., Keung, A., and Main, G. (2012) The Good Childhood Report 2012: A Review of Our Children’s Well-being. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/good_childhood_report_2012_final_0.pdf
  • Rees, G., Pople, L., and Goswami, H. (2011) Understanding Children’s Well- being: Links Between Family Economic Factors and Children’s Subjective Well-being—Initial Findings From Wave 2 and Wave 3 Quarterly Surveys. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/Economic%20Factors%20March%202011.pdf
  • Rees, G., Goswami, H., Ramsay, S., and Lowe, M. (2011) Public Attitudes to Safeguarding Children. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/public%20attitudes%20to%20safeguarding.pdf
  • Rees, G., Goswami, H., and Bradshaw, J. (2010). Developing an Index of Children’s Subjective Well-being in England. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/Developing%20an%20Index%20of%20Children%27s%20Subjective%20Well-being%20in%20England.pdf
  • Rees, G., Gorin, S., Jobe, A., Stein, M., Medforth, R., and Goswami, H. (2010). Safeguarding Young People: Responding to Young People Aged 11 to 17 Who Are Maltreated. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/Safeguarding%20Young%20People%20-%20Responding%20to%20Young%20People%20aged%2011%20to%2017%20who%20are%20maltreated.pdf
  • Rees, G., Bradshaw, J., Goswami, H., and Keung, A. (2010). Understanding Children’s Well-being: A National Survey of Young People’s Well-being. London: The Children’s Society. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/Understanding%20children%27s%20wellbeing_0.pdf
  • Conference Papers:
  • Friendship Well-being: Examining Factor Structure of Friendship Scale for Children. Joint East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) and United Kingdom Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference 2012, University of York, UK, 16th – 18th July 2012.
  • Children’s Subjective Well-being: Personality and Demographic Correlates. 3rd International Conference for the International Society for Child Indicators, University of York, York, UK, 27th – 29th July 2011.
  • Prejudicial Aspects of Intergroup Relations between Muslims and Hindus in Bangladesh. The 1st Conference of the Association of International Behavioural Studies. University of Shizuoka, Japan. September 25-26, 2004.
  • Discrimination against a Religious Minority in Bangladesh. The 13th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for International Development, Tokyo, Japan. November 30-December 1, 2002.

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