Dr Richard Brunner
- Research Associate in Public Service Reform (School of Social and Political Sciences)
I have been Research Associate with What Works Scotland at the University of Glasgow since 2015, after completing my Ph.D. in Sociology, also at Glasgow, in which I explored what people are able to do and be after being in psychiatric hospital using qualitative methods and the capabilities approach. Prior to the Ph.D. (2008-11) I worked as Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde in the School of Education, conducting qualitative research into various topics including disabled parents, educational transitions, domestic abuse prevention, and teaching and human rights. My previous career included support work with homeless people, mental health advocacy, community development work, and policy work in the statutory and third sectors with a focus on equality and diversity, disability and mental health. I have written, published, collaboratively produced, and disseminated widely from my research, seeking conceptual and empirical impact in academic, policy, practice and social contexts. This has included at seminars, conferences and facilitated events locally, nationally and internationally, and through teaching. I have an MSc. in Social Policy (LSE, 2002), an MSc. in Social Research (GCU, 2010), and a degree in Sociology from the University of East London (1989).
I have conducted extensive qualitative research, including action research approaches, with a wide range of marginalised groups and with professionals. My ongoing research interests are understanding the lives of people with mental distress and disabled people using sociological concepts; and using this empirical and conceptual understanding to seek to challenge oppression and improve social outcomes experienced by people in these groups. I have an ongoing interest in the role of public services in improving outcomes for groups and individuals experiencing marginalisation. I have an ongoing interest in applications of the capabilities approach to frame how we understand human outcomes.
- £149,155 Co-applicant ESRC GCRF Networks Competition 2016: Addressing Multiple Deprivation and Alleviating Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (AMDADSA) (unsuccessful bid).
- £40,770 + fees: Full Award, 3-year ESRC PhD Studentship, Scottish DTC Health Pathway/University of Glasgow, 2011-2014.
- £2,000 Health and Wellbeing Institute, University of Glasgow to support presentation of Ph.D. research findings at Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference, Nicaragua, September 2013.
- £1,200 Roberts Funding, University of Glasgow to support launch of Participatory Action Research with young Scottish Pakistani people ‘BME Youth Unemployment: a Fresh Perspective’, March 2012.
At Masters level I have supervised dissertations on:
- Parents’ experiences of social capital (MSc. Global health, 2016)
- Experiences of belonging amongst older people (MSc. Sociology, 2017)
At Honours level I am currently supervising a dissertation on:
- Mental health stigma in the British Armed Forces (Kerry McGuigan).
- Health & Health Inequalities (Honours) - mental distress: concepts and inequalities.
- Equality and Human Rights (MSc) - The Capabilities Approach.
- The Disabling Society (MSc Equality and Human Rights Module) - Mental Distress and the Disabling Society.
- Co-ordinator, Health and Social Sciences collaborative Masters dissertations in Thriving Places programme (2015-present).
- Co-ordinator, University of Glasgow Capabilities Approach Co-Learning Group (2017-present).
- Member, School of Social and Political Sciences Ethics Forum (2016-present).
- ECR representative, Institute of Health and Wellbeing (2015-present).
- Postdoctoral representative, Lord Kelvin Award Scheme PhD Scholarship selection Panel (2016-17).
- Professional memberships: Social Policy Association; British Sociological Association; Human Development and Capabilities Association.