Researcher biography

Dr Emma Cooke is a sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland working in the Child Development, Education and Care Research Group at the Queensland Brain Institute and the Kids Sleep Research Group at the Child Health Research Centre. Dr Cooke works with interdisciplinary teams to research the lived experiences of children, families, educators, and clinicians – focusing on sleep, gender, disability, healthcare, and inequality.

As the qualitative research lead in the Kids Sleep Research Group, Dr Cooke facilitates research training and support, and collaborates with clinicians, students, and researchers to conduct qualitative research. She also has expertise in DRAWing (Departing Radically in Academic Writing) and knowledge translation. Dr Cooke is currently working on research projects investigating young children's understandings of gender; families' experiences of having a child or sibling with Down syndrome and sleep difficulties; and clinicians' experiences of explaining prenatal screening and delivering genetic syndrome diagnoses.

In her PhD thesis, Dr Cooke utilised a crystallization methodological framework to gain multifaceted insights into children's rights, early childhood discourses, and children's relaxation and unrestful experiences in Early Childhood Education and Care. She has extensive experience interviewing children and adults across a range of contexts, and uses different qualitative analysis methodologies, including thematic analysis, discourse analysis, and creative analytical practices. An active member of the DRAW Group, Dr Cooke's recent academic work is written creatively to have an emotional as well as intellectual impact.