Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr Hammond is interested in how digital technologies continue to reshape everyday social possibilities for action across the life course. Taking a critical perspective, he explores how concepts of digital inclusion, resilience, participation and equality are experienced by marginalised young and older people. In particular, how digital technologies are used (or not) to access the provision of goods and the delivery of, and information about, services and entitlements. Dr Hammond also works with colleagues to develop critical understandings of young people’s mental health and wellbeing difficulties and how best to support young people and families to build on their own strengths to overcome and manage their difficulties.

Dr Hammond collaboratively with a range of stakeholders using a range of traditional and innovative qualitative methods. His participatory approach and use of digital media throughout the research process, has seen him pioneer a number of methodological advances, including Participant Information Clips, Podwalking and Enhanced eBooks as a way to increase the analytical rigour and transparency of multimodal research.




August 2021 – December 2022: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme. Improving the mental health and mental health support available to adolescents looked-after via low-intensity life story work: A realist review [LIMITLESS]. £141,125 – Lead applicant

November 2020 - July 2021: Social Sciences Faculty Innovation Fund, University of East Anglia. Researching with Schools and Colleges in Mind. £3,600 - Co-lead applicant 


November 2019 - November 2020: The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People's Mental Health in a Digital World (UK Research and Innovation). Exploring understandings of digital resilience to inform the development of a Digital Resilience Scale (DRS) for ‘pre-teens’ (9-12 year olds) [EXPRESS DRS]. £24,853 - Lead applicant


October 2017 – December 2019: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK). ‘PAXgene blood for later transcriptomic analysis of patient samples. £9,930 –Co-applicant


July 2016- December 2019: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK). The impact of acute systemic inflammation upon cerebrospinal fluid and blood biomarkers of brain inflammation and injury in dementia: a study in acute hip fracture and memory clinic patients [ASCRIBED]. £307,708 – Co-applicant


September 2018 – January 2019: Dementias National Institute for Health Research Portfolio Development Writing Group Support. £7,500 – Lead applicant


November 2009 – October 2010: The AL Charitable Trust. The application of ICT for life story work with young people in residential care. £1,000 – Lead applicant


Doctoral supervision:

Dr Hammond is interested in supervising doctoral candidates researching questions of youth in the changing digital media space, informal learning of, and via digital and relationships between mental health and wellbeing, technology, resilience and identity.

Completed Research Students:

Alexandra Helen Russell 2016: Using Life Story Boards to Engage Clinical Support Workers in Person-Centred Care with People Living with Dementia in an NHS Inpatient Dementia Care Unit: A Thematic Analysis

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