Emma Smith completed her PhD after three years of intensive study. “There was a strong support structure in place from both my supervision team and the research school, and they were both able to offer student centred support,” she said. “As a result of this, I was able to focus my research on a topic of deep personal interest to me which has allowed me to pursue a research career in a field that I love.”
Emma’s thesis was titled ‘Investigating recovery from problem substance use using digital Photovoice’. “My study was looking at the experiences of individuals in recovery from problem substance use using a visual research method known as Photovoice.”
Emma, who has had three pieces published from her PhD, is now working as a research associate at Kings College London on a research study looking at the experiences and available care pathways for pregnant women who use drugs.