Miss Sitira Williams

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: p12223136@my365.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Sitira holds 9 years of research experience and has contributed to existing body of scientific literature and experimental pilot, feasibility and impact and evaluation mixed-methods research designs. She has managed several international research projects to advance livestock health and productivity and has previously worked on research projects to assist in health and social sciences, epidemiological and socio-economic studies. She is now undertaking a PhD exploring the lived experiences of transgender and gender-expansive youth transitioning and parental dynamics across the UK.

Publications and outputs

Research interests/expertise

Sitira is experienced in supervising MSc in Global Health dissertations and managing research teams. She is skilled in employing different methods of data collection, analysing quantitative and qualitative data and report or protocol/manuscript writing.

Sitira is experienced using Qualtrics to collect survey data, SPSS (Quantitative Data Analysis) and NVivo (Qualitative Data Analysis). Her research interests include intersectionality, social identity theory and the impacts of climate change.


De Montfort University

PhD in Health Studies. Grade: Pending

De Montfort University

Academic Professional Development Certificate: The effective Learning and Teaching at De Montfort University programme. Grade: Pass

De Montfort University

MRes: Research in Applied Health Studies. Grade: Pass

De Montfort University


BA Hons: Advertising and Marketing Communications. Grade: 2:1

University of Cyprus

BA Hons | Undergraduate Erasmus-Overseas : Business and Public Administration

Earned ECTS: 41.00 | Points: 258.00 | GPS: 6.29

Miami International Seminary

BATS Program: Systematic Theology

Total credits: 3 | Grade: 93 | Ltr Grade: A

Honours and awards

12/2023 – Climate Action Awards 2023 - Enterprise for Climate Action.

06/2023 – Certificate of Participation on the Staffordshire Connected & Intelligent Mobility Innovation Accelerator (SCIMIA) programme.

03/2023 - Certificate of Best Presentation Award. ICVBD: XVII International Conference on Veterinary Big Data.

08/2022 - Women in Poultry: Sitira Williams.

07/2016 - The Highest Achieving Student on the Business Works Module. De Montfort University, Leicester.

03.2016 - Student shares #DMUglobal experience to encourage others to study in China.

11/2015 – Lean Sigma Green Belt Certificate. Future Learning Systems Ltd.

Conference attendance

12/2023 - Annual Climate Awards as part of COP 28 at DMU

06/2023  - International Conference on AI and the Digital Economy. CADE 2023. Venice, Italy.

06/2023 - International Conference on Veterinary Big Data, Toronto, Canada

03/2023  - ICVBD 2023: XVII. International Conference on Veterinary Big Data, London, United Kingdom

09/2022 – UK-CSR Symposium Climate Change: The contribution of UK universities to addressing climate change from a sustainability perspective. - ‘The Climate Emergence in Business, Community and Campaign Groups – Driving Change for the Common Good.’

06/2022 - African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A) Initiative 5th Year Anniversary Conference.

06/2019 - The University Forum for HRD 20th Anniversary Celebratory Conference.

05/2017 - Trans-Forming Medicine 2017: Perspectives on Transgender Health.

03/2016 - Generation UK: China Network, the Golden Era of UK-China relations.

Upcoming conferences

03/2024  - Artificial Intelligence: ‘Seize the opportunities, Avoid the Hazards International Symposium. De Montfort University, Leicester.

PhD project


The lived experiences of transgender and gender-expansive youth (TGEY) transitioning and family dynamics across the UK: An Intersectionality Approach.


This project will explore the lived experiences of transgender and gender expansive youth (TGEY) as well as the dynamics between them and their parents while transitioning. The aim of the research is to explore the experiences and expectations of TGEY towards their parents, and parental attitudes and reactions around their child’s transition. The study will explore TGEY experiences through an intersectionality perspective and contribute to the literature on intersectionality, TGEY, and parental dynamics. The study draws on ethnographic research methods to investigate through semi-structured interviews the experiences of TGEY in transitioning and their dynamics with parents, as well as the experiences of parents with TGEY, in particular their understanding of gender transitions. The findings of my research will lead to recommendations to support health and social care professionals on how best to provide care that is suited to the diverse ethnic-cultural backgrounds of TGEY and parental dynamics.

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