Dr Michelle McGachie

  • Lecturer (Urban Studies)


Michelle McGachie was previously a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in the Colleges of Social Science and Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow before joining the Social and Public Policy team in Urban Studies in 2019. Her Ph.D. focused specifically on the evaluation of consent processes for genetic data donation to medical research in Scotland.

Michelle has presented internationally on genetic data ethics and consulted for Genomics England and Healthcare Improvement Scotland as part of the national medicines and pharmacy quality team. 

Michelle teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on health policy, social and public policy, and convenes a course on policy evaluation. Ethics continues to play a large focus in her work at the university, Michelle is a member of both the school and college ethics committees.  



Current Masters supervision projects (2022-23): 

A qualitative study of the impacts the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 policy and restrictions had on pregnant and postpartum women living in Glasgow.
Pharmacy First: The ability of Community Pharmacies to cope with front-line healthcare demands.
To what extent did conservative policy between 2010-2016 reduce the quality of life for women in Britain?
What are the benefits and challenges of incorporating yoga into the school curriculum in Scotland?

Some selected past successful Masters supervision projects (UG and PGT):

Environmental considerations within UK political party manifestos from 2006 to 2019, a content analysis. (2019)
Integrated Care for Mental Health: A comparative case study of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (2019)

“The mortar in the wall”: a comparative analysis of support for informal carers in Glasgow and Edinburgh. (2020)

A new era of the war on drugs? An empirical analysis of the efficacy of current UK government policy regarding the purchase and distribution of CBD products amongst users. (2020)
Universal credit and the uplift cut: A qualitative study into the lived experiences of young people living independently in Scotland. (2021)
What a Life History Approach Can Reveal About the Lived Experience of a Lesbian Primary School Teacher in Scotland. (2021)

‘Dying for a Tan': A policy comparison of the various policy instruments implemented on sunbeds to reduce skin cancer incidence in New Zealand, the UK, Queensland and New South Wales. (2022)

The Zero-COVID policy in China and its contribution to Global Public Health. (2022)


Social and Public Policy 1A: Foundations of Welfare
Social and Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow
Social and Public Policy 2B: Policy Politics and Power 
Health Inequalities and Policy 
Understanding Health Policy (MA)
Evidence, Evaluation and Policy (MA) Convenor 

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2020: Outstanding Teaching Award (Social Policy Association, Policy Press)

Research fellowships

  • 2015 - 2019: Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2019 - 2019: Scottish Genomes Partnership, Genomics Public Dialogue
  • 2019 - 2020: Health Improvement Scotland, Guidance for Consent to Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment in Scotland (Adults)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2022: Fellow, Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET)
  • 2022: Fellow, Higher Education Academy / Advance HE

Selected international presentations

  • 2018: UNESCO world conference on bioethics, medical ethics and health law (Israel)