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

Vudriko, P., Ekiri, A. B., Endacott, I., Williams, S., Gityamwi, N., Byaruhanga, J., Alafiatayo, R., Mijten, E., Tweyongyere, R., Varga, G., & Cook, A. (2021). A Survey of Priority Livestock Diseases and Laboratory Diagnostic Needs of Animal Health Professionals and Farmers in Uganda. Frontiers in veterinary science8, 721800. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2021.721800

Clutterbuck, David, Haddock-Millar, Julie and Williams, Sitira (2020) “When to say ‘no’ to coaching assignments: a decision-making framework”. International Journal of Human Resource Development: Practice, Policy & Research . ISSN 2397-4583 (Accepted/In press)

Williams, S., Cherry, G., Wright, A., Wells, K., Rai, T., Brown, R., Street, T., Cook, A., (2023). Exploring Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Feline Pruritus Using Thematic Analysis of Pet Owner Social Media Posts. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. 17 (03).

Williams, S., Endacott, I., Ekiri, A., Kichuki, M., Dineva, M., Galipo, E., Alexeenko, V., Alafiatayo, R., Mijten, E., Varga, G., & Cook, A. (2022). Barriers to vaccine use in small ruminants and poultry in Tanzania. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 89(1), 11. doi: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v89i1.2007

Research interests/expertise

Sitira is experienced in managing research teams, 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).


De Montfort University, 04/2021
Academic Professional Development Certificate:The effective Learning and Teaching at De Montfort University programme. Pass
De Montfort University, Leicester 07/2018

MRes Research in Applied Health Studies PASS 
De Montfort University, Leicester 07/2016 
BA Hons Advertising and Marketing Communications 2:1 
University of Cyprus, Nicosia 05/2015 
Level 5 Business and Public Administration 2:1
Miami International Seminary 12/2014 
BAT Systematic Theology 1st

Honours and awards

Conference attendance

The University Forum for: HRD 20th Anniversary Celebratory Conference 06/2019
“Exploring the impact of voluntary business mentoring on young entrepreneurs.”
Trans-Forming Medicine 2017: Perspectives on Transgender Health 05/2017
“The experience of living with HIV among Trans women a qualitative study.”
Generation UK: China Network The Golden Era of UK-China relations 03/2016
“The barriers and challenges with the relationship between the UK and China.”
"African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A) Initiative 5th Year Anniversary Conference" 06/2022

Upcoming conferences:
 "ICVBD 2023: XVII. International Conference on Veterinary Big Data, London, United Kingdom‘Exploring Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Feline Pruritus Using Thematic Analysis of Pet Owner Social Media Posts" 03/2023

PhD project


The lived experiences of transgender and gender-expansive youth (TGEY) transitioning and parental 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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