Department:School of Education & Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Dr Adriana's main research interests relate to gender, migration, transnational living, identity and belonging using qualitative methodology with a focus on visual ethnography.
For the past 10 years Dr Adriana's research has been focused on issues of inequality, child poverty, gender and ethnicity, diversity, migration, citizenship and identity. Her methodological interests and experience include mixed methods and qualitative inquiry, particularly ethnographic approaches, such as biographies and visual narratives.
As a Senior Lecturer in the Education and Social Care department at Anglia Ruskin University, she is involved in teaching, PhD, Masters and undergraduate supervision as well as research focused on social justice, inequality and diversity, addressing issues of representation, participation and voice of excluded and vulnerable groups.
Currently supervising 4 PhD students
BA (Hons) Social Policy Undergraduate: Comparing Welfare Systems, Living in Contemporary Society, Sexuality, Family and Childhood; Health and Social and Care; Social Policy Internship
MSc in International Social Welfare and Social Policy: Globalisation, Social Policy and Social Work
Sandu, A. 'The use of visual methodologies in social work and social policy research ' (in preparation).
Sandu, A. (2014). Transnational Home-Making Practices: Identity, Belonging and Informal Learning, International Journal of European Studies, Volume 21 No. 4, Dec 2014 (Access Online).
Sandu, A. (2013). Participation, Representation and Voice in the Fight against Gender Violence: The Case of the Women's Movement in Spain. Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(1), 24-39. (Access Online).
Nyhagen Predelli, L., Halsaa, B., with Thun, C. and Sandu, A. (2012). Strategic Sisterhood: A Comparative Study of Contemporary European women's movements, Palgrave.
Sandu, A. (2010). Rules from above, Views from below: Accessing and Using child health services in post-communist rural Romania, in Poverty, Urbanity and Social Policy, Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Hartfree, Y., Whitfield, G., Waring, A., Sandu, A. and Hill, K. (2010). Tenants' and advisers' early experiences of the Local Housing Allowance national rollout. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Research Report No. 688. Norwich: HMSO.
Sandu, A. presented: Transnational Home-Making Practices: Identity, Belonging and Informal Learning at The British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) Conference on Education, Mobility and Migration; Churchill College, 8-10th of Sept 2012
Sandu, A. presented: Transnational Home Making Practices, Integration, Citizenship and Community Cohesion Reconsidered at the 9th Annual Espanet Conference, Valencia, Spain, Sept 8-10 2011