Dr Richard Brunner

  • Research Associate in Public Service Reform (School of Social and Political Sciences)

Biography

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).

Research interests

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.

Grants

  • £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. 

Supervision

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).

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Health & Health Inequalities (Honours) - mental distress: concepts and inequalities.

 Postgraduate:

  • Equality and Human Rights (MSc) - The Capabilities Approach.
  • The Disabling Society (MSc Equality and Human Rights Module) - Mental Distress and the Disabling Society. 

Additional information

  • 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.
  • https://glasgow.academia.edu/RichardBrunner
  • http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/the-project/people/richard-brunner/ 

Publications

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Number of items: 40.

2017

Brunner, R. (2017) Why do people with mental distress have poor social outcomes? Four lessons from the capabilities approach. Social Science and Medicine, 191, pp. 160-167. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.016) (PMID:28923521)

Brunner, R. and Pradeau, G. (2017) Public service reform and participatory budgeting: How can Scotland learn from international evidence? [Audio]

Brunner, R., Craig, P. and Watson, N. (2017) Evaluability Assessment of Thriving Places: a Report for Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. Other. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. (2017) Compatibilities and Synergies Between Critical Realism and the Capabilities Approach in Explaining Social Outcomes. British Sociological Association Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4-6 April 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) Creating Capabilities in Areas of Multiple Deprivation: A Case Study of a Homework and Cooking Club in Glasgow’s East End. Workshop on Healthy, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities, Bradford, United Kingdom, 13-14 July 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) How Can the Capabilities Approach Contribute to Understanding Inequalities in Outcome for People with Mental Distress? Social Policy Association Annual Conference 2017, Durham, United Kingdom, 10-12 July 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) Why do People with Mental Distress Have Poor Social Outcomes? Four Lessons from the Capabilities Approach. BSA Medical Sociology Conference 2017, York, United Kingdom, 13-15 Sept 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2017) Public Services as Conversion Factors: Exploring the Theory and Practice. Cambridge Capabilities Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 19-21 June 2017. (Unpublished)

2016

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2016) "Challenge Current Practice and Assumptions! Make waves!!” : What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event 23 & 24 February 2016 Queens Hotel, Perth. Other. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2016) Operation Modulus: Putting Christie into Practice in Gorbals. Working Paper. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. (2016) Mental Health Recovery Reframed: Towards a Capabilities Model of Mental Distress [poster]. The Meanings of Recovery: A Dialogue Across the Sociologies of Mental Health, Physical Illness, Injury and Addiction, Surrey, UK, 11-12 July 2016.

Brunner, R. (2016) What Can the Capabilities Approach Tell Us about the Social Justice Experiences of People with Mental Distress? Findings from a Recent Qualitative Study. Institute of Health and Wellbeing IHW, Disability and Social Science Group, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 16 March 2016. (Unpublished)

2015

Bennett, H., Bland, N., Brunner, R., Bynner, C. , Cook, A. and Henderson, J. (2015) Collaborative Action Retreat Report: Summary of Retreat Held in June 2015. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2015) Capabilities, Public Service Reform and Social Justice. Marginalisation, Stigma and Choice? A Workshop Jointly Organised by the Behavior, Structure and Interventions Research Network and Policy Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 22-23 June 2015. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2015) Disability and justice: the capabilities approach in practice. Disability and Society, 30(2), pp. 310-312. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2014.984931) [Book Review]

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2015) What can the capabilities approach add to policy analysis in high-income countries? Working Paper. What Works Scotland.

2014

Cassidy, C., Brunner, R. and Webster, E. (2014) Teaching human rights? 'All hell will break loose!'. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 9(1), pp. 19-33. (doi:10.1177/1746197913475768)

Brunner, R. (2014) Conversion Factors Re-Examined: Using Capabilities as an Analytical Framework for Qualitative Research in Mental Health. In: Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, 02-05 Sep 2014,

Brunner, R. (2014) Mental Health Reframed: Towards a Capabilities Model of Mental Distress. In: Institute of Health and Wellbeing Student-led Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 05 Jun 2014,

Brunner, R. (2014) Survivors, Thrivers and Outsiders: Using the Capabilities Approach to Reconceptualise Mental Distress within a Social Framework. In: Disability Studies Conference, University of Lancaster, 9-11 Sep 2014,

Wilson, A., Hunter, K., Spohrer, K., Brunner, R. and Beasley, A. (2014) Mentoring into higher education: a useful addition to the landscape of widening access to higher education? Scottish Educational Review, 46(2), pp. 18-35.

2013

Brunner, R. (2013) The Capabilities Approach, Mental Distress and Social Justice. In: Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, 9-12 Sep 2013,

Brunner, R. (2013) The Capabilities Approach, Mental Distress and Social Justice. In: 11th European Sociological Association Annual Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change, University of Turin, Italy, 28-31 Aug 2013,

Brunner, R. (2013) Mental Health, Employment and Social Justice: A Capabilities Analysis. In: Disability and Mental Health Research Day, University of Strathclyde, UK, 14 Nov 2013,

2012

Anam, S., Brunner, R., Din, A., Hunter, K., Javaid, A., Mehmood, O., Raif, Z., Raza, L., Sadiq, R. and Sattar, A. (2012) BME Youth Unemployment: A Fresh Perspective. Project Report. Active Life Club, Glasgow.

Brunner, R. (2012) How Might the Capabilities Approach Enhance Understanding of Lived Experiences of Mental Distress? A Review of Literature. In: Disability Studies Conference: Disability, Poverty and Neo-Liberalism, University of Lancaster, UK, 11-13 Sep 2012,

Brunner, R. (2012) How Might the Capabilities Approach Enhance the Social Understanding of Mental Distress? A Critique and Development of Existing Models. In: Institute of Health and Wellbeing Student-led Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 26 Nov 2012,

2011

Stalker, K. O., Brunner, R., Maguire, R. and Mitchell, J. (2011) Tackling the barriers to disabled parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Educational Review, 63(2), pp. 233-250. (doi:10.1080/00131911.2010.537313)

2010

Brunner, R., Emejulu, A. and Hunter, K. (2010) Methodologies for Studying the Well-Being of Minority Ethnic Groups in Scotland. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference - Inequalities and Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, 7-9 Apr 2010,

Brunner, R. (2010) A Baseline Study of Domestic Abuse Prevention Activities in Seven Local Authorities in Scotland. Project Report. National Children and Young People's Prevention Network, Scotland.

Brunner, R. (2010) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in Their Children’s Education: Implications for Policy and for Models of Mental Distress. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Lincoln, UK, 05-07 Jul 2010,

Finlay, I., Brunner, R. and Seagraves, L. (2010) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: What and How Schools Learn Through Involvement in the Specialist Schools Achievement Programme, Phase One Report. Project Report. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, London.

Wilson, A., Brunner, R. and Seagraves, L. (2010) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: What and How Schools Learn Through Involvement in the Specialist Schools Achievement Programme, Phase Two Report. Project Report. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, London.

2009

Brunner, R. (2009) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in Their Children’s Education: Preliminary Mental Health Findings. In: Scottish Education Research Association Annual Conference, Perth, UK, 27 Nov 2009,

Maguire, R., Brunner, R., Stalker, K. and Mitchell, J. (2009) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in their Children’s Education: Guidance for Schools. Project Report. CfBT Education Trust, Reading.

2008

Brunner, R., Novotny, V. and Zakaria, P. (2008) Assessment of Students’ Additional Support Needs: Baseline Study of the Current Structures. Project Report. Scottish Funding Council, Edinburgh.

2007

Brunner, R. (2007) Exploring Disability Disclosure Amongst College and University Staff in Scotland. Project Report. Equality Forward, Stirling.

Brunner, R. (2007) Exploring Disability Disclosure Amongst College and University Staff in Scotland: Developmental Findings. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, UK, 23 Jul 2007,

2005

Brunner, R. (2005) Asylum Matters for Scotland. Project Report. Atlas Partnership, Glasgow.

Brunner, R. (2005) Evolving Practice and Developing Policy. Project Report. Atlas Partnership, Glasgow.

This list was generated on Tue Oct 24 08:40:08 2017 BST.
Number of items: 40.

Articles

Brunner, R. (2017) Why do people with mental distress have poor social outcomes? Four lessons from the capabilities approach. Social Science and Medicine, 191, pp. 160-167. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.016) (PMID:28923521)

Cassidy, C., Brunner, R. and Webster, E. (2014) Teaching human rights? 'All hell will break loose!'. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 9(1), pp. 19-33. (doi:10.1177/1746197913475768)

Wilson, A., Hunter, K., Spohrer, K., Brunner, R. and Beasley, A. (2014) Mentoring into higher education: a useful addition to the landscape of widening access to higher education? Scottish Educational Review, 46(2), pp. 18-35.

Stalker, K. O., Brunner, R., Maguire, R. and Mitchell, J. (2011) Tackling the barriers to disabled parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Educational Review, 63(2), pp. 233-250. (doi:10.1080/00131911.2010.537313)

Book Reviews

Brunner, R. (2015) Disability and justice: the capabilities approach in practice. Disability and Society, 30(2), pp. 310-312. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2014.984931) [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Brunner, R., Craig, P. and Watson, N. (2017) Evaluability Assessment of Thriving Places: a Report for Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. Other. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2016) "Challenge Current Practice and Assumptions! Make waves!!” : What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event 23 & 24 February 2016 Queens Hotel, Perth. Other. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2016) Operation Modulus: Putting Christie into Practice in Gorbals. Working Paper. What Works Scotland.

Bennett, H., Bland, N., Brunner, R., Bynner, C. , Cook, A. and Henderson, J. (2015) Collaborative Action Retreat Report: Summary of Retreat Held in June 2015. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2015) What can the capabilities approach add to policy analysis in high-income countries? Working Paper. What Works Scotland.

Anam, S., Brunner, R., Din, A., Hunter, K., Javaid, A., Mehmood, O., Raif, Z., Raza, L., Sadiq, R. and Sattar, A. (2012) BME Youth Unemployment: A Fresh Perspective. Project Report. Active Life Club, Glasgow.

Brunner, R. (2010) A Baseline Study of Domestic Abuse Prevention Activities in Seven Local Authorities in Scotland. Project Report. National Children and Young People's Prevention Network, Scotland.

Finlay, I., Brunner, R. and Seagraves, L. (2010) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: What and How Schools Learn Through Involvement in the Specialist Schools Achievement Programme, Phase One Report. Project Report. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, London.

Wilson, A., Brunner, R. and Seagraves, L. (2010) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: What and How Schools Learn Through Involvement in the Specialist Schools Achievement Programme, Phase Two Report. Project Report. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, London.

Maguire, R., Brunner, R., Stalker, K. and Mitchell, J. (2009) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in their Children’s Education: Guidance for Schools. Project Report. CfBT Education Trust, Reading.

Brunner, R., Novotny, V. and Zakaria, P. (2008) Assessment of Students’ Additional Support Needs: Baseline Study of the Current Structures. Project Report. Scottish Funding Council, Edinburgh.

Brunner, R. (2007) Exploring Disability Disclosure Amongst College and University Staff in Scotland. Project Report. Equality Forward, Stirling.

Brunner, R. (2005) Asylum Matters for Scotland. Project Report. Atlas Partnership, Glasgow.

Brunner, R. (2005) Evolving Practice and Developing Policy. Project Report. Atlas Partnership, Glasgow.

Conference or Workshop Item

Brunner, R. (2017) Compatibilities and Synergies Between Critical Realism and the Capabilities Approach in Explaining Social Outcomes. British Sociological Association Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4-6 April 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) Creating Capabilities in Areas of Multiple Deprivation: A Case Study of a Homework and Cooking Club in Glasgow’s East End. Workshop on Healthy, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities, Bradford, United Kingdom, 13-14 July 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) How Can the Capabilities Approach Contribute to Understanding Inequalities in Outcome for People with Mental Distress? Social Policy Association Annual Conference 2017, Durham, United Kingdom, 10-12 July 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2017) Why do People with Mental Distress Have Poor Social Outcomes? Four Lessons from the Capabilities Approach. BSA Medical Sociology Conference 2017, York, United Kingdom, 13-15 Sept 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2017) Public Services as Conversion Factors: Exploring the Theory and Practice. Cambridge Capabilities Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 19-21 June 2017. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. (2016) Mental Health Recovery Reframed: Towards a Capabilities Model of Mental Distress [poster]. The Meanings of Recovery: A Dialogue Across the Sociologies of Mental Health, Physical Illness, Injury and Addiction, Surrey, UK, 11-12 July 2016.

Brunner, R. (2016) What Can the Capabilities Approach Tell Us about the Social Justice Experiences of People with Mental Distress? Findings from a Recent Qualitative Study. Institute of Health and Wellbeing IHW, Disability and Social Science Group, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 16 March 2016. (Unpublished)

Brunner, R. and Watson, N. (2015) Capabilities, Public Service Reform and Social Justice. Marginalisation, Stigma and Choice? A Workshop Jointly Organised by the Behavior, Structure and Interventions Research Network and Policy Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 22-23 June 2015. (Unpublished)

Conference Proceedings

Brunner, R. (2014) Conversion Factors Re-Examined: Using Capabilities as an Analytical Framework for Qualitative Research in Mental Health. In: Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, 02-05 Sep 2014,

Brunner, R. (2014) Mental Health Reframed: Towards a Capabilities Model of Mental Distress. In: Institute of Health and Wellbeing Student-led Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 05 Jun 2014,

Brunner, R. (2014) Survivors, Thrivers and Outsiders: Using the Capabilities Approach to Reconceptualise Mental Distress within a Social Framework. In: Disability Studies Conference, University of Lancaster, 9-11 Sep 2014,

Brunner, R. (2013) The Capabilities Approach, Mental Distress and Social Justice. In: Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, 9-12 Sep 2013,

Brunner, R. (2013) The Capabilities Approach, Mental Distress and Social Justice. In: 11th European Sociological Association Annual Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change, University of Turin, Italy, 28-31 Aug 2013,

Brunner, R. (2013) Mental Health, Employment and Social Justice: A Capabilities Analysis. In: Disability and Mental Health Research Day, University of Strathclyde, UK, 14 Nov 2013,

Brunner, R. (2012) How Might the Capabilities Approach Enhance Understanding of Lived Experiences of Mental Distress? A Review of Literature. In: Disability Studies Conference: Disability, Poverty and Neo-Liberalism, University of Lancaster, UK, 11-13 Sep 2012,

Brunner, R. (2012) How Might the Capabilities Approach Enhance the Social Understanding of Mental Distress? A Critique and Development of Existing Models. In: Institute of Health and Wellbeing Student-led Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 26 Nov 2012,

Brunner, R., Emejulu, A. and Hunter, K. (2010) Methodologies for Studying the Well-Being of Minority Ethnic Groups in Scotland. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference - Inequalities and Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, 7-9 Apr 2010,

Brunner, R. (2010) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in Their Children’s Education: Implications for Policy and for Models of Mental Distress. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Lincoln, UK, 05-07 Jul 2010,

Brunner, R. (2009) Disabled Parents’ Involvement in Their Children’s Education: Preliminary Mental Health Findings. In: Scottish Education Research Association Annual Conference, Perth, UK, 27 Nov 2009,

Brunner, R. (2007) Exploring Disability Disclosure Amongst College and University Staff in Scotland: Developmental Findings. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, UK, 23 Jul 2007,

Audio

Brunner, R. and Pradeau, G. (2017) Public service reform and participatory budgeting: How can Scotland learn from international evidence? [Audio]

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