Postgraduate research opportunities

We support a significant number of PhD students funded through a variety of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Scottish Government, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Foundation.

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Our staff have expertise in a range of topics including:

  • domestic abuse and asylum policy
  • historical narratives of eating disorders
  • the potential of the capability approach to enhance understanding of lived experiences of mental distress
  • the experience of HIV-affected women in Pakistan

Prospective students are encouraged to get in touch with the individual academics listed below to find out about opportunities in their areas of research and supervision.

Staff research interests and postgraduate research supervision

Dr Richard Brunner 
Richard.Brunner@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Research Associate (General Practice and Primary Care)
Research Associate (Sociology)
Research interests
Qualitative research, including action research approaches. Experiences and inequalities of people with mental distress, disabled people, people with health issues. Capabilities approach.
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Dr Christopher Bunn
Christopher.Bunn@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology)
Research interests
Community-led solutions to health problems. Sports- and faith-based public health initiatives. Diabetes, weight management, physical activity, sedentary time reduction and NCD prevention.
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Dr Nicola Burns
Nicola.Burns@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
Research interests
Disability. Migration and health. Disability and migration. Mental health. Equity and social justice in health. Human rights.
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Dr Stephanie Chambers
Stephanie.Chambers@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Lecturer in Sociology of Health and Wellbeing (Sociology)
Research interests
Children’s health and wellbeing. Nutrition. Qualitative research. Intervention design and evaluation. Educational settings.
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Dr Nai Rui Chng
NaiRui.Chng@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit)
Research Associate (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Scientists in Health)
Research interests
Intervention design. Implementation and evaluation (evaluability assessment). Capability approach. Sustainability. Neglected tropical diseases (rabies) and One Health. Social prescribing (UK). Environmental governance in China. Qualitative and mixed methods. Co-production.
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Dr Hannah-Louise Clark
Hannah-Louise.Clark@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Sciences)
Research interests
Global dynamics of health and social welfare. Cross-cultural translations of knowledge and professional hierarchies. Organisational study of science and bureaucracy. Technology transfer, and epidemics. Africa in its Islamic, European, and global contexts c1800-present, with a particular focus on Algeria.
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Dr Hayley Connell
Hayley.Connell@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Graduate School Teaching Assistant (MVLS College Graduate School)
Research interests
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Behaviour change interventions. Stroke rehabilitation. Secondary prevention. Overall health improvement in individuals with chronic disease. Mixed methods.
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Jamie Crowther
jamie.c.crowther@glasgow.ac.uk  

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Research Associate (School of Social and Political Sciences)
Research interests 
Sport as a vehicle for positive youth development and violence reduction, with a particular focus on rugby. Men, masculinities and the relationship between vulnerability and violence. Justice reform and physical activity in prisons. 
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Dr Alicia Davis
Alicia.Davis@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
Research interests
Global health and One Health. Intersection of human and animal health and environment within social-environmental systems in East Africa. Zoonotic disease impacts on rural livestock keepers. Pastoralist livelihoods, health, and wellbeing. Environment, conservation, climate change. Land use change, policy, impacts. Gender. Community-based, impact-driven, action-oriented and ethnographic methodologies. Human-animal relationships. Ethnography. Antimicrobial resistance
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Dr Craig Donnachie
Craig.Donnachie@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Research Associate (Sociology)
Research interests
Development and evaluation of public health interventions, physical activity, diet, weight management, obesity, digital health and gambling-related harms. Mixed methods, qualitative research methods, process evaluation and intervention development.
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Dr Angus Ferguson
Angus.Ferguson@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Lecturer in Economic and Social History (Economic and Social History)
Research interests
Medical confidentiality and privacy. History of infant health. History of medical ethics. History of interaction of law and medicine. 
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Dr Sharon Greenwood
Sharon.Greenwood@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Programme Lead/Lecturer in Public Health
Research interests 
Qualitative Research. Power and inequality in health and healthcare. Substance use – illegal drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, and alcohol. Health policy. Relationships and health. Lived experience. Public health pedagogies.
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Dr Iain Hutchison
Iain.Hutchison@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Research Affiliate (Economic and Social History, Centre for the History of Medicine)
Research interests
The history of disability through the long nineteenth century to c.1948. The history of health and healthcare.
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Professor Anne Kerr
Anne.Kerr@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Head of School of Social and Political Sciences (Sociology)
Research interests
Science and technology studies. Medical sociology. Gender studies. Reproductive technologies. Biomedicine.
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Dr Jo Ferrie
Jo.Ferrie@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Research interests
Research methods. Disability. Equality. Human rights. Education. Health
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Dr Evi Germeni
Evi.Germeni@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Methods for Health Research (Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment)
Research interests
Personal experience of illness. Health information seeking and decision making. Acceptability of complex health technologies. Cross-sectional and longitudinal qualitative research. Systematic reviews and qualitative evidence synthesis.
Full profile

Professor Cindy Gray
Cindy.Gray@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Interdisciplinary Professor of Health and Behaviour (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Sciences)
Research interests
Behaviour change. Community organisations. Digital technologies.
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Dr Michael Heaney
Michael.Heaney@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Research Fellow (Politics)
Research interests
Social networks. Social movements.
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Dr Emily Long
Emily.Long@glasgow.ac.uk 

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MRC Skills Development Fellow (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit)
Research interests
Social networks. Loneliness
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Dr Sara Macdonald
Sara.Macdonald@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Senior Lecturer in Primary Care (General Practice and Primary Care)
Research interests
Understandings of cancer risk. Perceptions of screening. Experiences of treatment burden. Long-term condition management and the health of marginalised groups. Theoretical approaches. Qualitative research.
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Professor Mhairi Mackenzie
Mhairi.Mackenzie@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Professor of Public Policy (Urban Studies)
Professor of Public Policy (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Research interests
Public health policy. Inequalities in access to, and utilisation of, public services. Evaluation methodologies for complex health and social interventions. Gender based violence.
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Professor Kate O'Donnell
Kate.O'Donnell@glasgow.ac.uk  

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Professor of Primary Care Research and Development (General Practice and Primary Care)
Research interests
Service delivery and organisation in primary care. Evaluation of primary care policy developments. Access to primary care for marginalised groups. Migrant health, including their perceptions of health and access to care. Normalisation and sustainability of policy into practice. Treatment/prevention burden in chronic disease. Patients' and professionals' views of candidacy.
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Dr Victoria Palmer
Victoria.Palmer@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Research Associate (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Sciences)
Research interests
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Sociology of the body, sport, health and illness, family life, ageing. Innovative qualitative and mixed-methods methodologies.
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Dr Charlotte Pearson
Charlotte.Pearson@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer (Urban Studies)
Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Research interests
Policy evaluation of independent living and disability equality themes, including personalisation in social care and transitions to adulthood for young disabled people.
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Dr Lucy Pickering
Lucy.Pickering@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology (Sociology)
Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Research interests
Bodies, embodiment and identity. Dirt, sanitation and pollution. Substance use and recovery. Ethnographic methods and anthropological research ethics.
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Professor Jude Robinson
Jude.Robinson@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Professor in Health and Wellbeing (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Sciences)
Deputy Head of College of Social Sciences (Social Sciences College Senior Management)
Research interests
Mental health and wellbeing of women with young children. Smoking and risky health behaviours. One Health. Everyday violence. Health inequalities. Water, sanitation and health (WaSH). Feminist and participatory research methods, photography, film and wider visual methods.
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Dr Thees F Spreckelsen
Thees.Spreckelsen@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Senior Lecturer
Research interests
(Quantitative) methods for intervention/programme evaluation (especially using secondary data) and survey methods.
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Dr Heather Wardle
Heather.Wardle@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Reader (Sociology)
Research interests
Gambling behaviour, policy and practice.
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Professor Nicholas Watson
Nicholas.Watson@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Chair of Disability Studies (Sociology)
Professor (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Research interests
How social networks, social movements, interest groups, and political parties shape organisational processes and policy outcomes.
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Dr Phillippa Wiseman
Phillippa.Wiseman@glasgow.ac.uk 

Role
Lecturer in Research Methods (Sociology)
Research interests
Disabled people’s experiences, body-management, intimacies and toileting, citizenship and hidden inequalities
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Professor Sally Wyke 
Sally.Wyke@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Interdisciplinary Research Professor (Institute of Health and Wellbeing Social Sciences)
Research interests
Complex intervention to improve health. Mixed methods intervention development and evaluation skills. Policy and programme evaluation. Evaluation methodologies. Interdisciplinary approaches.
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