Dr Alexander Whitelaw

  • Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography

Sandy has a 25 year track record in teaching, research and publication in and around public health policy. He started his professional life as a school teacher and took a Masters programme in Public Health (Manchester University) in 1986. This led to four years of work as a Public Health Specialist - in a community drug service and a role as a primary care facilitator. He entered higher education in 1991 as a Lecturer in Health Care Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and returned to the Public Health Department at Manchester University in 1992 to teach on their Public Health Masters. He took up a role of Research Manager within NHS Health Scotland in 1997 and returned to higher education in 2000 at St Martin's College (Lancaster). He has been in his current position - Lecturer in Health and Social Policy within the School of Interdisciplinary Studies since 2002. He has taught extensively at UG and PG levels within SoIS degree programmes. In the past 7 years, he has been leader of the programme, MA (Hons.) Health and Social Policy. This time has also seen him undertake multiple field research projects with associated publications.     


Research interests

  • The conceptual nature of public health
  • The implementation and sustainability of healthy public policy and practice
  • 'Settings-based' approaches to public health
  • Discourse-based approaches to policy research   

Grants

Current grants 

Arts Programme European Union/Scottish Government Social Innovation Fund (2017-2019) £131,000

Arts Programme Holywood Trust (2018-2020) £50,000

Sandy has previous experience in commissioning, managing and undertaking a range of research projects, including:

  • Evaluation of MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Services (2013-2015) Glasgow Life/MacMillan
  • Cancer Public Attitudes to Physical Activity in Glasgow (2010) Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Engaging with people to use the environment for physical activity (2009-2010) National Physical Activity Research and Evaluation group (NPARE)
  • Older People for Older People (2008-2011) EU Northern Periphery Project
  • Cumbria Community Support Project for Older People with Cancer (2008-2010) Cumbria Health Authority
  • Physical Activity and Mental Health: The role of physical activity in promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health problems (2008) NHS Health Scotland
  • Production of evidence based briefing papers Physical Activity and Health Alliance (2006-2007) Scottish Physical Activity and Health Alliance
  • Development of a Physical Activity Policy maze (2007) NHS Health Scotland
  • An international benchmarking exercise to identify those countries that are considered to be examples of best Physical Activity training practice (2006-2007) NHS Health Scotland
  • Evaluation of HEBS Health Promoting Health Service Project (2002-2005) HEBS
  • Dumfries and Galloway Rapid Needs Appraisal Project (2003-2004) NHS D&G 
  • Establishing baseline Indicators for the Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit (2003) Scottish Executive/SHPSU
  • A review of Exercise on Prescription Schemes for South Asian Muslim women (1997-2001) NHS Research and Development Programme;
  • A trial of a health promotion resource aimed at increasing ‘active commuting’ (1997-2001) The Scottish Office
  • Mental Health Research and Development Review (2000) North Cumbria Health Authority
  • West Cumbria Rapid Needs Appraisal Project (2000) West Cumbria PCG
  • Public health in acute hospitals: does best practice open doors? (2001) Health Development Agency 
  • Evaluation of Communication for the Future Drug Education project (2001-2002) Department of Health
  • Survey of Mental Health R&D Capacity in North Cumbria (2001) North Cumbria Health Authority
  • Evaluation of North Cumbria NHS Trust Health Promoting Organisations project (2001-2002) North Cumbria Health Action Zone
  • Production of an action research resource for the Social Action Research Project (SHARP) [The Welsh Assembly with CCL Consult Research & Development; 2002)
  • Survey of physical activity provision in West Cumbria (2002) West Cumbria CVS/Sports Action Zone
  • Review of HEBS Special Projects (2002) HEBS 

Supervision

PhD: Stephen Greenhalgh


Teaching

Convenor of Level 2 course: Health and Social Policy & Practice

Convenor of Level 3 course: Public Sector Systems Management

Convenor Level 4 course: Enquiry Project in Health & Social Policy

Contributor 

Level 2 course: Human Nature and Wellbeing

M. Sc. Enhanced Practice in Education

MPH Public Health 


Additional information

Programme leader, MA (Hons.) Health and Social Policy

Member SoiS Executive Group

Member Athena Swan Charter Planning Group

SoIS Quality Officer

Member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

Contribute to the End of Life Studies blog

Member of the Crichton Institute

Member of Editorial Board, Critical Public Health  


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008
Number of items: 29.

2019

Thirlwall, C. and Whitelaw, S. (2019) Utilising community engagement approaches to influence public mental health policy in a rural setting. Journal of Public Mental Health, (doi:10.1108/JPMH-07-2018-0045) (Early Online Publication)

Gibson, I., Whitelaw, A. , Topping, C. and Kopela, J. (2019) Food and physical literacy: exploring an obesity prevention approach using formative research. Health Education Journal, (Accepted for Publication)

Whitelaw, S. and Clark, D. (2019) Palliative care and public health: an asymmetrical relationship? Palliative Care: Research and Treatment, 12, pp. 1-14. (doi:10.1177/1178224218819745) (PMID:30814842) (PMCID:PMC6383085)

Topping, C., Kopela, J., Gibson, I. and Whitelaw, A. (2019) Physical and food literacy: a holistic approach to public health? In: Whitehead, M. (ed.) Physical Literacy Across the World. Series: Routledge studies in physical education and youth sport. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138571556 (In Press)

2018

Wild, A., Clelland, D., Whitelaw, S. , Fraser, S. and Clark, D. (2018) Mapping the “housing with care” concept with stakeholders: insights from a UK case study. Journal of Integrated Care, 26(4), pp. 257-266. (doi:10.1108/JICA-12-2017-0046) (PMID:30464723) (PMCID:PMC6195168)

Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. , Richards, N. , Inbadas, H. and Clark, D. (2018) A moment for compassion: emerging rhetorics in end-of-life care. Medical Humanities, 44(2), pp. 140-143. (doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011329) (PMID:29440385) (PMCID:PMC6031266)

2017

Clark, D. and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Living well, dying well - the importance of housing. European Journal of Palliative Care, 24(5), pp. 199-202.

Whitelaw, S. , Coburn, J., Lacey, M., McKee, M. J. and Hill, C. (2017) Libraries as 'everyday' settings: the Glasgow MCISS project. Health Promotion International, 32(5), pp. 891-900. (doi:10.1093/heapro/daw021) (PMID:27006366)

Whitelaw, S. , Topping, C., McCoy, M. and Turpie, L. (2017) Promoting integration within the public health domain of physical activity promotion: insights from a UK case study. Journal of Integrated Care, 25(3), pp. 174-185. (doi:10.1108/jica-01-2017-0002)

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2017) Representation of 'Palliative Care' in Assisted Dying/Euthanasia Declarations. 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Madrid, Spain, 18 - 20 May 2017.

Whitelaw, S. , Thirlwall, C., Morrison, A., Osborne, J., Tattum, L. and Walker, S. (2017) Developing and implementing a social prescribing initiative in primary care: insights into the possibility of normalization and sustainability from a UK case study. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 18(2), pp. 112-121. (doi:10.1017/S1463423616000219) (PMID:27269818)

Clark, D. , Inbadas, H. , Colburn, B. , Forrest, C. , Richards, N. , Whitelaw, S. and Zaman, S. (2017) Interventions at the end of life – a taxonomy for ‘overlapping consensus’. Wellcome Open Research, 2, 7. (doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.10722.1) (PMID:28261674) (PMCID:PMC5336190)

Zaman, S., Inbadas, H. , Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2017) Common or multiple futures for end of life care around the world? Ideas from the ‘waiting room of history’. Social Science and Medicine, 172, pp. 72-79. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.11.012) (PMID:27894008) (PMCID:PMC5224187)

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, S. and Clark, D. (2017) Declarations on euthanasia and assisted dying. Death Studies, 41(9), pp. 574-584. (doi:10.1080/07481187.2017.1317300) (PMID:28398131) (PMCID:PMC5951142)

Johnston, S. F. , Franks, B. and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Crowd-sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Journal of Information Ethics, 26(1), pp. 49-65.

Turpie, L., Whitelaw, S. and Topping, C. (2017) Physical activity promotion in care homes. Working with Older People, 21(4), pp. 206-214. (doi:10.1108/WWOP-07-2017-0016)

2016

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2016) Palliative care declarations: mapping a new form of intervention. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52(3), e7-e15. (doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.05.009) (PMID:27401509) (PMCID:PMC5026679)

Johnston, S. F. , Franks, B. and Whitelaw, S. (2016) Crowd sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Informing the Good Society, Edinburgh Napier University, 15 Apr 2016. (Unpublished)

2013

Whitelaw, S. and Hill, C. (2013) Achieving sustainable social enterprises for older people: evidence from a European project. Social Enterprise Journal, 68(2), pp. 138-153. (doi:10.1108/SEJ-05-2012-0016)

2012

Whitelaw, A. (2012) Sustaining social organisations in rural areas. In: Farmer, J., Hill, C. and Muñoz, S. (eds.) Community Co-Production: Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities. Edward Elgar: Northampton, UK. ISBN 9781849808408

Hill, C. and Whitelaw, A. (2012) Supporting Older People Affected by Cancer: A Community Development Approach. Project Report. NHS Cumbria, Dumfries. (Unpublished)

Whitelaw, A. (2012) The emergence of a 'dose-response' analogy in the health improvement domain of public health: a critical. Critical Public Health, (doi:10.1080/09581596.2012.682147)

Whitelaw, A. , Graham, N., Black, D., Cockburn, J. and Renwick, L. (2012) Developing capacity and achieving sustainable implementation in healthy ‘settings’: insights from NHS Health Scotland's Health Promoting Health Service project. Health Promotion International, 27(1), pp. 127-137. (doi:10.1093/heapro/dar038)

2011

Whitelaw, A. , Smart, E., Kopela, J., Gibson, T. and King, V. (2011) Developing social marketing capacity to address health issues. Health Education, 111(4), pp. 319-331. (doi:10.1108/09654281111144274)

2010

Whitelaw, A. , Teuton, J., Swift, J. and Scobie, G. (2010) The physical activity - mental wellbeing association in young people: A case study in dealing with a complex public health topic using a ‘realistic evaluation’ framework. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 3(2), pp. 61-66. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2010.06.001)

Springett, J., Whitelaw, A. and Dooris, M. (2010) Sustainable development, equity and health-time to get radical. Critical Public Health, 20(3), pp. 275-280. (doi:10.1080/09581596.2010.502932)

Hill, C. , Whitelaw, A. and Stokes, P. (2010) 'Older people for older people' toolkit: developing social enterprise and service delivery in remote and rural areas. Project Report. University of Glasgow: Crichton Publications, Dumfries, UK.

2008

Whitelaw, S. (2008) Health information: a case of saturation or 57 channels and nothing on? Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 128(4), pp. 175-180. (doi:10.1177/1466424008092233)

Balogh, R., Whitelaw, S. and Thompson, J. (2008) Rapid needs appraisal in the modern NHS: potential and dilemmas. Critical Public Health, 18(2), pp. 233-244. (doi:10.1080/09581590701377010)

This list was generated on Sun Sep 22 17:17:26 2019 BST.
Number of items: 29.

Articles

Thirlwall, C. and Whitelaw, S. (2019) Utilising community engagement approaches to influence public mental health policy in a rural setting. Journal of Public Mental Health, (doi:10.1108/JPMH-07-2018-0045) (Early Online Publication)

Gibson, I., Whitelaw, A. , Topping, C. and Kopela, J. (2019) Food and physical literacy: exploring an obesity prevention approach using formative research. Health Education Journal, (Accepted for Publication)

Whitelaw, S. and Clark, D. (2019) Palliative care and public health: an asymmetrical relationship? Palliative Care: Research and Treatment, 12, pp. 1-14. (doi:10.1177/1178224218819745) (PMID:30814842) (PMCID:PMC6383085)

Wild, A., Clelland, D., Whitelaw, S. , Fraser, S. and Clark, D. (2018) Mapping the “housing with care” concept with stakeholders: insights from a UK case study. Journal of Integrated Care, 26(4), pp. 257-266. (doi:10.1108/JICA-12-2017-0046) (PMID:30464723) (PMCID:PMC6195168)

Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. , Richards, N. , Inbadas, H. and Clark, D. (2018) A moment for compassion: emerging rhetorics in end-of-life care. Medical Humanities, 44(2), pp. 140-143. (doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011329) (PMID:29440385) (PMCID:PMC6031266)

Clark, D. and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Living well, dying well - the importance of housing. European Journal of Palliative Care, 24(5), pp. 199-202.

Whitelaw, S. , Coburn, J., Lacey, M., McKee, M. J. and Hill, C. (2017) Libraries as 'everyday' settings: the Glasgow MCISS project. Health Promotion International, 32(5), pp. 891-900. (doi:10.1093/heapro/daw021) (PMID:27006366)

Whitelaw, S. , Topping, C., McCoy, M. and Turpie, L. (2017) Promoting integration within the public health domain of physical activity promotion: insights from a UK case study. Journal of Integrated Care, 25(3), pp. 174-185. (doi:10.1108/jica-01-2017-0002)

Whitelaw, S. , Thirlwall, C., Morrison, A., Osborne, J., Tattum, L. and Walker, S. (2017) Developing and implementing a social prescribing initiative in primary care: insights into the possibility of normalization and sustainability from a UK case study. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 18(2), pp. 112-121. (doi:10.1017/S1463423616000219) (PMID:27269818)

Clark, D. , Inbadas, H. , Colburn, B. , Forrest, C. , Richards, N. , Whitelaw, S. and Zaman, S. (2017) Interventions at the end of life – a taxonomy for ‘overlapping consensus’. Wellcome Open Research, 2, 7. (doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.10722.1) (PMID:28261674) (PMCID:PMC5336190)

Zaman, S., Inbadas, H. , Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2017) Common or multiple futures for end of life care around the world? Ideas from the ‘waiting room of history’. Social Science and Medicine, 172, pp. 72-79. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.11.012) (PMID:27894008) (PMCID:PMC5224187)

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, S. and Clark, D. (2017) Declarations on euthanasia and assisted dying. Death Studies, 41(9), pp. 574-584. (doi:10.1080/07481187.2017.1317300) (PMID:28398131) (PMCID:PMC5951142)

Johnston, S. F. , Franks, B. and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Crowd-sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Journal of Information Ethics, 26(1), pp. 49-65.

Turpie, L., Whitelaw, S. and Topping, C. (2017) Physical activity promotion in care homes. Working with Older People, 21(4), pp. 206-214. (doi:10.1108/WWOP-07-2017-0016)

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2016) Palliative care declarations: mapping a new form of intervention. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52(3), e7-e15. (doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.05.009) (PMID:27401509) (PMCID:PMC5026679)

Whitelaw, S. and Hill, C. (2013) Achieving sustainable social enterprises for older people: evidence from a European project. Social Enterprise Journal, 68(2), pp. 138-153. (doi:10.1108/SEJ-05-2012-0016)

Whitelaw, A. (2012) The emergence of a 'dose-response' analogy in the health improvement domain of public health: a critical. Critical Public Health, (doi:10.1080/09581596.2012.682147)

Whitelaw, A. , Graham, N., Black, D., Cockburn, J. and Renwick, L. (2012) Developing capacity and achieving sustainable implementation in healthy ‘settings’: insights from NHS Health Scotland's Health Promoting Health Service project. Health Promotion International, 27(1), pp. 127-137. (doi:10.1093/heapro/dar038)

Whitelaw, A. , Smart, E., Kopela, J., Gibson, T. and King, V. (2011) Developing social marketing capacity to address health issues. Health Education, 111(4), pp. 319-331. (doi:10.1108/09654281111144274)

Whitelaw, A. , Teuton, J., Swift, J. and Scobie, G. (2010) The physical activity - mental wellbeing association in young people: A case study in dealing with a complex public health topic using a ‘realistic evaluation’ framework. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 3(2), pp. 61-66. (doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2010.06.001)

Springett, J., Whitelaw, A. and Dooris, M. (2010) Sustainable development, equity and health-time to get radical. Critical Public Health, 20(3), pp. 275-280. (doi:10.1080/09581596.2010.502932)

Whitelaw, S. (2008) Health information: a case of saturation or 57 channels and nothing on? Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 128(4), pp. 175-180. (doi:10.1177/1466424008092233)

Balogh, R., Whitelaw, S. and Thompson, J. (2008) Rapid needs appraisal in the modern NHS: potential and dilemmas. Critical Public Health, 18(2), pp. 233-244. (doi:10.1080/09581590701377010)

Book Sections

Topping, C., Kopela, J., Gibson, I. and Whitelaw, A. (2019) Physical and food literacy: a holistic approach to public health? In: Whitehead, M. (ed.) Physical Literacy Across the World. Series: Routledge studies in physical education and youth sport. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138571556 (In Press)

Whitelaw, A. (2012) Sustaining social organisations in rural areas. In: Farmer, J., Hill, C. and Muñoz, S. (eds.) Community Co-Production: Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities. Edward Elgar: Northampton, UK. ISBN 9781849808408

Research Reports or Papers

Hill, C. and Whitelaw, A. (2012) Supporting Older People Affected by Cancer: A Community Development Approach. Project Report. NHS Cumbria, Dumfries. (Unpublished)

Hill, C. , Whitelaw, A. and Stokes, P. (2010) 'Older people for older people' toolkit: developing social enterprise and service delivery in remote and rural areas. Project Report. University of Glasgow: Crichton Publications, Dumfries, UK.

Conference or Workshop Item

Inbadas, H. , Zaman, S., Whitelaw, A. and Clark, D. (2017) Representation of 'Palliative Care' in Assisted Dying/Euthanasia Declarations. 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Madrid, Spain, 18 - 20 May 2017.

Johnston, S. F. , Franks, B. and Whitelaw, S. (2016) Crowd sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Informing the Good Society, Edinburgh Napier University, 15 Apr 2016. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Sun Sep 22 17:17:26 2019 BST.