I am a social anthropologist researching in the field of critical public health. My research centres on developing understandings of how people can develop and sustain their health and wellbeing outside conventional health care settings. My past research includes collaborative projects exploring smoking and second-hand smoke with parents of young children in different settings; exploring health and health care for people with visual impairment; and exploring the links between reading aloud, mental health and wellbeing. My recent projects include a project researching reading and health with women in prison and working with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and HM Forces to explore smoking in the Army. Current projects include an NIHR funded study of depression (PANDA); an international four city ethnography exploring perceptions of plain/ graphic cigarette packaging (with colleagues from Canada, US and Australia); an NIHR funded project on visual hallucinations (SHAPE); and working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on their In Harmony project with children and families in West Everton, Liverpool.
- Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology