Dr Mei-Li Roberts

Perth College UHI


My background is Social Anthropology, I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews, entitled Translating Identities: 'Being a missionary' in Papua New Guinea. I had a particular interest in the children of missionaries and following on from this had a research fellowship at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews,  Changing Lifestyle in Children - All Change: Can This Reduce Cardiovascular Risk? and then a research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh:  Parents’ & teenagers’ conceptions of diet, weight & health: Does class matter?, before joining the UHI in 2008 as programme leader for the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, and until 2014, Research Fellow in the UHI Centre for Rural Childhood. Within these projects, I have conducted research with children from a variety of age groups, ranging from primary to secondary school. I have a particular interest in innovative methods used in research with children, and the dynamics of the relationships between children and adults. My research interests include conceptions of diet, weight, health and physical activity amongst children, young people and their families in Scotland and Christianity, missionaries, translation and identity in Melanesia. More recently I completed the PGCert in Education (Distinction) with UHI and I am currently programme leader for the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree and teach on this programme as well as the Masters in Tertiary and Higher Education.