School of Health and Social Care

Our Research

Improving health and social care practice

We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields. 

Our staff have a wide range of research interests alongside their clinical and academic experience. Our research groups focus on four key areas of health and social care, giving us opportunities to make positive changes to healthcare environments, social work, and policy.

Our research is interdisciplinary, with our academics working closely with colleagues in the Department of Sociology, the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Language and Linguistics

Research groups

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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, PGR opportunities including research supervision and areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Our research has an impact on people's lives by helping to improve health and social care practice and policy. 

  • Depression: A couples' disease? - Depression can place huge strain on a relationship. The focus on the person with depression can lead the other party to feel unsupported, and excluded from their partner's care. Can better access to couple's therapy help?
  • Can we do more to support birth mothers after a child's taken in to care? - This interdisciplinary research project, led by the Department of Sociology, carried out a review of the Positive Choices service run by Suffolk County Council. The team also developed a new app to help social workers track the impact of such services.


Academics in our School have contributed The Conversation articles on hot topics in health and social care such as: 


Our academics have published books on aspects of healthcare practice and social care, including: 

Our research and COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, academics in our School came together to work on a range of projects that look at the impact of the pandemic across local, national and international communities.

Our role as a Health and Social Care education provider has allowed deep insight and understanding in to the effects of COVID-19 on aspects such as mental health, education of healthcare staff, and how social inequalities have been magnified by national responses to the virus.


Asimakopoulou, Koula and Hoorens, Vera and Speed, Ewen and Coulson, Neil S and Antoniszczak, Dominika and Collyer, Fran and Deschrijver, Eliane and Dubbin, Leslie and Faulks, Denise and Forsyth, Rowena and Goltsi, Vicky and Harsløf, Ivan and Larsen, Kristian and Manaras, Irene and Olczak‐Kowalczyk, Dorota and Willis, Karen and Xenou, Tatiana and Scambler, Sasha (2020) 'Comparative optimism about infection and recovery from COVID‐19; Implications for adherence with lockdown advice.' Health Expectations. ISSN 1369-6513

Bald, Caroline and Walker, Sharon (2020) 'Covid-19 and Social Inequalities in Health in the UK.' In: Ferstman, Carla and Fagan, Andrew, (eds.) Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. University of Essex, 159 - 166. ISBN 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bald, Caroline and Carter, Laura and Ferstman, Carla and Fagan, Andrew and Gilbert, Geoff and Wyllie, Aaron (2020) 'The Impact on Vulnerable Populations. Vulnerability: A Discussion.' In: Ferstman, Carla and Fagan, Andrew, (eds.) Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. University of Essex, 147 - 148. ISBN 978-1-5272-6632-2

Kapilashrami, Anuj and Bhui, Kamaldeep (2020) 'Mental health and COVID-19: is the virus racist?' The British Journal of Psychiatry, 217 (2). 405 - 407. ISSN 0007-1250

Lackie, Kelly and Najjar, Ghaidaa and El-Awaisi, Alla and Frost, Jody and Green, Chris and Langlois, Sylvia and Lising, Dean and Pfeifle, Andrea L and Ward, Helena and Xyrichis, Andreas and Khalili, Hossein (2020) 'Interprofessional education and collaborative practice research during the COVID-19 pandemic: Considerations to advance the field.' Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34 (5). 583 - 586. ISSN 1356-1820

Mannion, Russell and Speed, Ewen (2020) 'Populism, pestilence and plague in the time of Coronavirus.' International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. ISSN 2056-4902 (In Press)

Montel, Lisa and Kapilashrami, Anuj and Coleman, Michel and Allemani, Claudia (2020) 'The Right to Health in Times of Pandemic: What Can We Learn from the UK’s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak?' Health and Human Rights: an international journal, 22 (2). ISSN 1079-0969

Sharma, Jeevan and Sharma, Anurag and Kapilashrami, Anuj (2020) 'Covid-19 and Precarity of Low-income Migrant Workers in Indian Cities.' Society and Culture in South Asia. ISSN 2393-8617 (In Press)

Wyllie, Aaron (2020) 'The Human Rights of Older People during Covid-19: Social Wellbeing and Access to Care and Support for Older People in the United Kingdom.' In: Ferstman, Carla and Fagan, Andrew, (eds.) Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. University of Essex, 197 - 203. ISBN 978-1-5272-6632-2

Research services

We assist clinicians and external health and social care groups with various research and consultancy services.

Health and Care Research Service

We offer a wide range of research and consultancy services to local, national and international health care organisations, social care bodies and voluntary sector organisations. To find out more about this, visit our Health and Care Research Service.

Research Design Service

The School hosts the Essex regional office for the Research Design Service. Funded by the NIHR, this service provides support to researchers in health and social care, including advice on designing research studies, identifying funding sources, and involving academic collaborators and the public.

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Departmental Director of Research Dr Camille Cronin