research student

Beth Collinson

Postgraduate Research Student

Beth Collinson smiling wearing glasses


Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I successfully won a PhD studentship funded by Alcohol Research UK. Since then, I have worked in partnership with Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (SASS) to undertake qualitative and quantitative research, exploring gender similarities and differences in pathways to recovery from problematic alcohol use. Embedded within this research, I have explored the importance of community engagement to aid recovery. This uses Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as the basis for an enhanced version called Asset Based Community Engagement (ABCE).

Alongside completion of my PhD, I have completed a Masters in Research. This has advanced my knowledge and application of research methods which has contributed substantially to the underpinning of my PhD.

I work part-time as the Learning and Impact Associate for Fulfilling Lives. Fulfilling Lives is an eight-year investment from the National Lottery Community Fund which aims to help those experiencing multiple disadvantage to access more joined-up services tailored to their needs. Multiple disadvantage is defined as experience of two or more of homelessness, substance misuse, reoffending and mental ill-health.

I am also the research coordinator for Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Panel, a public and patient involvement panel which aims to empower those with first-hand experience to shape how drug and alcohol related research is undertaken.

Thesis title 

Investigating recovery capital, whilst identifying gender similarities and differences in pathways to recovery for problematic drinkers in Sheffield



  • BSc Criminology and Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Associate Fellowship (AFHEA - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • MRes Social Science, Sheffield Hallam University