Our Managing Director, Dr Helen Kara, is an experienced writer, and is passionate about clear communication through language. Her research skills complement her writing skills. This page lists her traditionally published books, academic journal articles, and book chapters. She also publishes a series of short affordable e-books for PhD students, and has co-written an e-book with Dr Nathan Ryder: Self-Publishing for Academics.

Traditionally published books

Both of these books are distributed in the US and Canada by the University of Chicago Press.

Academic Journal Articles





Book Chapters



Dr Helen Kara is a member of the Society of Authors.

Chameleons In A Kaleidoscope: How It Feels To Work In Partnership As A Sure Start Manager (click to download, 1.3Mb PDF)

This is Dr Helen Kara's PhD thesis, published in 2006. It offers a sharp critique of some of the destructive aspects of New Labour's modernisation agenda, and an illuminating exploration of the emotional demands of managing development work with children and families in areas of deprivation. It contains information about a new method of data collection using storytelling, and demonstrates the enormous potential of this method to produce rich data about sensitive subjects. It also outlines an innovative method of data analysis using multiple coding frames, and gives a reflexive account of the PhD process written in a creative fictionalised style. The relationships between fact and fiction, truth and authenticity, and issues of partnership, identity, emotion and language, are explored in detail.

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