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Research interests

Research interests include social work with child abuse and neglect, substance misuse, innovative participatory research methods, addiction, neuro-diversity, organisational culture, professional practice with emotional abuse, reflective practices, childhood and youth, and gender studies

Supervisory Interests

Social work, child abuse and neglect, gender, substance misuse, neuro-diversity, organisational culture 


Approach to teaching

I am a qualified social worker and substance misuse worker with expertise in child protection and emotional abuse. Synergies between practice and research inform my approach to teaching.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

Master, University of Sussex

Master, University of Sussex

Bachelor, London Metropolitan University

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report

Assessing for bruises on the soul: Identifying and evidencing childhood emotional abuse

North, G., 10 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 41, 3, p. 302-320 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • ‘We call it the Sussex Way’: A study of Sussex University’s institutional culture

    Phipps, A., North, G., McDonnell, E., Taylor, J. & Love, G., Apr 2018

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access


    • 1 Consultancy

    Young Men Matter

    Gemma North (Consultant)
    1 Dec 201831 Jul 2019

    Activity: Consultancy