Dr Joanne Neary
- Research Associate Children's Neighbourhood Scotland (Public Policy)
Dr Jo Neary is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher with an overall interest in social justice, specifically in how social policy addresses, or exacerbates, issues of public health, wellbeing, and deprivation, in urban contexts. She has previously worked in areas of education, urban studies, and public health, but has also been influenced by teachings in human geography and sociology. She is interested in participatory and longitudinal methodologies, 'resilience' as a process rather than a trait, and translating research into policy.
While the majority of her work addresses these issues from a Scottish/UK context, most recently she has engaged in applying these concepts to cities in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).
She joined the department of General Practice and Primary Care in 2018 as a course co-ordinator and lecturer.
Her research portfolio reflects her interdisciplinary experience:
- 2017-2018: School of Education: Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia (exploring how Universities in six LMIC cities can develop or strengthen relationships with city stakeholders to address local issues)
- 2015-2017: Public Health: Supporting Older People Into Employment (exploring experiences of unemployment and ill-health for group of 50-64 year olds, some of whom had chronic health conditions; and their engagement with a return-to-work intervention)
- 2010-2015: MRC SPHSU/Urban Studies: PhD (exploring young people's experiences of urban neighbourhood change in two housing estates in Glasgow, specifically neighbourhoods undergoing large scale demolition and relocation programmes)
Between these times, Jo also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tutor, and fieldworker for several large scale surveys.
In addition to this, Jo is interested in wellbeing and safety of researchers during, and after, fieldwork periods, and has run several successful events on this topic. Specifically, she is interested in issues of vicarious trauma, and developing supportive mechanisms in institutions.
- Qualitative research
- Lived experience of health and treatment burden
- Resilience as a process
- Cities and neighbourhoods
- Ageing (youth and older people)
Course co-ordinator for the Masters in Primary Care