Brenda Poku

Brenda Poku

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I am currently a Research Associate and a Co-PI on an NIHR RfPB funded project at the University of Manchester. This work will focus on exploring fatigue experiences of children and young people with sickle cell disease in the UK to guide the co-development of a fatigue self-management intervention. This project builds on my PhD research, funded by a University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Award and my subsequent ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. 


Following several years of nursing practice in Ghana, I moved into research, firstly as a doctoral student at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Susan Kirk (2015-2019). During this time, I developed an interest in the life and transition experiences, and self-management practices of children and adolescents with chronic conditions, particularly sickle cell disease. Following my PhD, I moved to the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences as a Research Fellow on an HEE funded systematic review and subsequently to the School of Sociology and Social Policy as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow.


  • Ph.D
  • M.Sc
  • B.Nurs
  • RN

Research interests

I am interested in the life and transition experiences of children and young people with chronic conditions, specifically sickle cell disease, encompassing health, educational and social transitions. My main research interest relates to the experiences, self-management and support needs of children and young people with congenital/long-standing medical conditions. Issues examined include life and transition experiences and self-care. In addition to work focused on experiences of children and young people with chronic illnesses, my research interests extend into examining sociological concepts such as belonging, 'normality', identity, body, gender and culture in the context of chronic childhood conditions.

Methodological knowledge

Qualitative Research

Children and Young People Research

Art-based Research

Participatory research

Systematic and Scoping Review


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Nursing Science, Understanding fatigue experiences of adolescents with sickle cell disease in Ghana: A constructivist grounded theory study, The University of Manchester

17 Sep 201531 May 2019

Award Date: 5 Jun 2019

Master of Nursing Science, University of Nottingham

21 Sep 201330 Sep 2014

Award Date: 10 Feb 2014

Bachelor of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology

5 Aug 200531 May 2009

Award Date: 20 Jun 2009


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