Martin Mitchell is a Research Director within the Social Attitudes team. He first joined NatCen Social Research in April 2005 as a member of the Qualitative Research Unit. Martin has worked on a large number of qualitative studies involving the use of in-depth interviews, face-to-face and online focus groups, observations and deliberative methods. He has conducted research in many areas including equalities and discrimination, bullying and harassment, same sex relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and belief, and perceptions of fairness. This has included work funded by the Government Equalities Office, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Acas and the Health & Safety Executive.
In addition Martin has experience of research in other areas such as heat energy use and behaviour, trade union rights, benefit reforms, drug treatment services, drug prevention and a number of programmes targeted at children and young people (eg healthier schools). He has taught widely on in-depth interviewing skills, managing challenging interviews, research ethics and research governance and supports the work of other qualitative researchers through his involvement NatCen's Qualitative Methods Group. Martin is also a member of the Equality and Diversity Forum.
Before working at NatCen Martin worked for five years as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Services Research, University of Bedfordshire. He conducted qualitative and survey research with a wide range of health and social service users and professionals across the primary care, acute and voluntary sectors. He also worked for five years as Lecturer in Sociology, teaching research methods as well as gender and sexuality modules for Sociology, Social Policy and Women's Studies undergraduates. Martin holds a doctorate examining the implications of gay men's household patterns for the provision of health and social care at London South Bank University and a MA in Sociology and Qualitative Research from Goldsmiths' College, University of London.