Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Miss L Allison Roberts

  • Qualifications: MA, Political Science - International Relations and Public Policy, Purdue University, USA, BA, Political Science and History, Purdue University, USA
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: allison.roberts@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have a background in political science, history, and sociology. I have been studying military, veteran, and service personnel issues for over a decade. My PhD research project allows me to further my interest by exploring the life stories of ex service personnel who have experienced a traumatic injury, such as limb loss, hearing loss, or blindness. Using life stories, I aim to explore the physical, emotional, social and institutional dimensions of life during recovery, rehabilitation, and onwards. My research will draw on the fields of military studies, illness narratives, traumatic injury, embodiment and identity. I took introductory British Sign Language classes to the facilitate understanding of loss of hearing due to a physical trauma such as a bomb blast. My research website is https://lifeafterinjurysite.wordpress.com.

  • First Supervisor, Dr Kevin McSorley
  • Second Supervisor, Dr Laura Hyman

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Themes in Sociology
  • Studying Society
  • Doing Sociological Research


  • Traumatic Wounds
  • Embodiment and Identity
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Military Sociology
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Pain
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery: Somatic Experiences and Issues
  • Resilience
  • Military Families


  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • University of Portsmouth Ageing Network (UPAN)
  • European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS), Working Group: Veterans and Society