Dr Christopher Bunn
- Research Fellow (School of Health & Wellbeing Social Sciences)
- Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
- Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)
Chris is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow and a Senior Researcher at the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit. He studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, before progressing to do MPhil and PhD degrees in sociology at the same Univeristy. His PhD explored the positionality and activities of faith based organisations providing welfare and social support services in the UK during the New Labour years, through a multi-sited ethnography.
His first research post was within the Univeristy of Cambridge's Institute for Metabolic Science, which focussed on developing and evaluating a peer support service for people living with type 2 diabetes. Following this, Chris moved to Glasgow to work on the Football Fans in Training study, joinging the College of Social Science's Institue of Health and Wellbeing (IHW) group. Sunsequently, Chris worked on a range of public health focussed projects, including EuroFIT, bringing sociological insights to the design and evaluation of interventions.
After working as a Research Associate for five years, Chris was awarded a College of Social Science/IHW fellowship to develop a portfolio of work on long term conditions in low- and middle-income countries and commercial determinants of health. This led to an ongoing long-term collaboration with the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit and to a series of studies of unhealthy commodities industries, their place in sports and the impacts they have on health.
Currently, Chris is based in Malawi and working on Wellcome Trust cohort study of living with long term conditions in the country, is a co-investigator on a range of studies relating to long-term conditions in Malawi and Tanzanaia and gambling in Malawi, Ghana and the UK, and continues to teach sociology and global health.
Chris' research interests include the sociologies of long-term health conditions, gambling, commercial determinants of health, civil society and religion.
He has a particular focus on using sociological theory and method in interdisciplinary teams to establish the contextual drivers of social problems, working dialogically with communities and experts to co-construct responses to these problems before systematically evaluating the impacts these responses produce.
Chris' research focuses on three territories - the UK, Malawi and Tanzania - but actively considers the transnational forces at work in them.
Crampin A, Nkoka O, Stewart R, Matchado A, Bunn C, Nyirenda D, Phiri N, Abdulla S, Seth-Smith J, Todd H, Amoah A. Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Award: Healthy Lives Malawi Longitudinal Population Study. Wellcome Trust. £245,520.00. 01/02/21 – 31/7/24
McIntosh E, Mmbanga B, Bunn C, Msoka E, Crampin A, Coast, J. Costed extension to NIHR Global Health Research Group on estimating the prevalence, quality and life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow. NIHR GCRF: £499,338.00 01/04/2021-31/03/22
Hunt K, Wardle H, Critchlow N, Reith G, Purves R, Stead M, Dobbie F, Gray C, Bunn C, Donnachie C. Transitions to more harmful forms of gambling during Covid-19 pandemic: behaviours and targeted marketing in young people and bettors on sport. ESRC: £580,485. 1/6/20 – 30/11/21
McGee D, Bunn C, Reith G, Udedi M, Yendork J, Franklin G. Leisure or Livelihoods? A Participatory Study of Youth Perspectives on Gambling and its Social, Economic and Health Impacts in Ghana and Malawi. British Academy: £299,189. 20/03/2020 – 20/9/22
Mair F, Jani B, Bunn C, Prentice A, Seeley J, Crampin A, Price A, Chapotera G, Jobe M. Multimorbidity in Africa - Increasing Understanding of the Patient Experience and Epidemiology (MAfricaEE). Medical Research Council: £199,515. 15/3/20 – 15/9/21.
Reith G, Bunn C, Wardle H, Rooksby J, Deidda M, Philpott M, Graham F, Platt N, Greenlaw N, Gray C, Hunt K, Rogers R, Wyke S. Football Fans and Betting (FFAB): a feasibility study and randomised pilot trial of a group-based intervention to reduce gambling involvement among male football fans. National Institute for Health Research: £629,765.79. 01/01/20 - 31/12/21
McIntosh E, McInnes I, Wyke S, Haydon D, Siebert S, Halliday J, Bunn C, Laurie E, Grieve E, Aitken M, Walker R, Kelly C, Mmbanga B, Kiwelu I, Msoka E, Kilonzo K, Temu G, Kiula K. NIHR Global Health Research Group on estimating the prevalence, quality and life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow. NIHR GCRF: £1,993,935. 01/04/2018-31/03/21
Bunn C, Crampin M, Gill J, Gray C, Gunda A, Ireland R, Jangere C, Kapalula P, Kaputa J, Kumwenda B, Lwanda J, Malunga A, Mtema O, Wyke S. Co-developing a health and wellbeing programme for men who support Malawian football teams, with a focus on preventing Non-communicable diseases. SFC GCRF: £52,280. 01/10/18 – 31/3/19
Crampin M, Benson R, Bunn C, Chiwanda J, Gill J, Masiye J, Mercer S, Wyke S. Characterisation and survival of individuals with multimorbidity in rural and urban Malawi. SFC GCRF: £58,537. 01/10/18 – 31/3/19
Crampin M, Bunn C, Chiwanda J, Masiye J. Non-communicable Disease Longitudinal data Alliance (ANDLA); Administrative support during transition to sustainable network. SFC GCRF: £17,436. 01/10/18 – 31/3/19
Strachan Z, Bunn C, Crampin M, Gray C, Mtenga S, Perry M, Todd H. Building capacity to use arts-based methods for non-communicable disease prevention in Malawi and Tanzania. SFC GCRF: £14,888. 01/10/18 – 31/1/19
Rooksby J, Cecchinato M, Bunn C, Philpott M, Asadzadeh P. Get a move on: matchday pedometer. EPSRC: £ 47,080. 01/8/18 – 31/3/19
Gill J, Gray CM, Gray S, Garside P, McInnes I, Edwards C, Bunn C, Crampin A, Nyirenda M, Mwapasa V. Development of nutritional strategies for diabetes prevention in Malawian adults at high diabetes risk. MRC GCRF: £199,905. 1/3/18 – 28/2/19
Gray CM, Bunn C, Perry M, Gill J, Gray S, Sharp J, Strachan Z, Crampin A, Mtenga S, Namadingo H, Abdullah S, Dilip Dingh A, Lwanda J. Culture and bodies: an interdisciplinary approach to non-communicable disease prevention in Malawi and Tanzania. MRC/AHRC GCRF: £176,425. 1/3/18 – 31/7/19
Gill J, Gray CM, McIntosh E, Pell J, Mutrie N, Sattar N, Wyke S, Logue J, Welsh P, Gray S, Kelly P, Bunn C, Baker G, Celis-Morales C. How can we increase the number of people cycling regularly? British Cycling: £150,000. 01/3/18 – 28/2/19
Wyke S, Bunn C, Gray C, Hunt K, Barnighausen T, Micklesfield L, Draper C. Health through Faith: can faith-based organisations support weight management and reduce the risk of NCDs in South Africa? MRC PHIND: £149,973. 01/07/16 – 31/12/17
Gray C, Hunt K, Wyke S, Bunn C, Maclean A, Mutrie N, Anderson A, McConnachie A, McCowan C, Lloyd S, Singh B. Long term weight loss trajectories in participants in a randomised controlled trial of a weight management and healthy lifestyle programme for men delivered through professional football clubs: the Football Fans in Training follow up. National Institute for Health Research: £267,198; 01/01/15 - 01/01/16
Gray C, Wyke S, Hunt K, Bunn C, Maclean A. Football Fans in Training (FFIT): development of FFIT Training Package and FFIT for Women programme. University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund: £40,711; 7/4/14 - 7/10/14
White J and Bunn C. Healthy design? Understanding the edible city of Glasgow’s Southside. Adam Smith Research Foundation (ASRF): £1,500; 01/01/14 – 31/12/14
Simmons D, Bunn C, Birch K and Graffy J. Translating diabetes peer support research from the RAPSID pilot study into local patient peer support activity. Diabetes UK Small Grant Award: £15,000; 01/02/12 – 01/02/13
Bunn C. Internal Graduate Studentship: PhD, Trinity College (Fees, Stipend and Research Expenses) 2006-2010
Bunn C. Internal Graduate Studentship: MPhil, Trinity College (Fees, Stipend and Research Expenses) 2005-06
Chris convenes an Honours-level course on the Sociology of Health and Illness and a postgraduate course Introduction to Social Theory for Researchers
He supervises PGT dissterations on the Global Health MSc/MRes, as well as a the range of Master's courses offered in the Sociology subject area.