Dr Theresa Ikegwuonu
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Theresa joined the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) in 2015. She currently works on a CRUK funded research project which aims to analyse the development of current Scottish policies to regulate electronic cigarettes, with a specific focus on the engagement and role of commercial actors in emerging debates on e-cigarette regulation. Prior to joining the SPHSU, Theresa worked at the University of Edinburgh, Innogen Institute, where she led on the social science component of the IMPACT project (Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-Cancer Therapy), developing new approaches to cancer treatment, using implanted, smart biosensors on silicon.
Theresa has expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research, with particular interest in using innovative approaches to investigate people’s perspectives and public health policy development. Theresa has conducted numerous interdisciplinary, qualitative and mixed methods research projects using in-depth interviews, semi-structured interviews, telephone interviews, focus groups, research diaries, social network mapping and visual tools.
Her background is in the social and health sciences, and she gained her undergraduate degree from Germany, with a 1st class honours. She completed her PhD at the University of Stirling in 2013, looking at peoples’ experiences of hypoglycaemia and diabetes, exploring reasons for the use of emergency services. Prior to Stirling, she worked at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), where she was involved in projects exploring substance use, risk taking, and young adults’ decision making around alcohol consumption.
Theresa enjoys working within an interdisciplinary environment, particularly where she can bring her social science background to investigations within the health, health policy, health technology and natural science fields.
Expertise: interdisciplinary, qualitative and mixed methods research, particular interest in using innovative approaches, social network analysis (SNA), in-depth interviews, semi-structured interviews, telephone interviews, focus groups, research diaries, social network mapping and visual tools.
- Public health policy development
- The dynamics of sociology, illness experience, and health
- Long term conditions, including diabetes and cancer (survivorship)
- Public health challenges in developing countries
- Risk taking, resilience and substance use in young adults
- How (new) health technologies can help improve people's quality of life.
Theresa has experience of teaching qualitative methods, research governance, ethics and sociology of health and illness.