Research Group

Public health and social policy

An old man holding a walking stick is walking along a tree-lined path towards a gate, holding the hand of a small boy walking next to him in a puffy coat and wellington boots.

Staff within the School have established work streams and research programmes which examine public health and social policy across all dimensions of health.

  • Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis is the academic leading this research group and will be co-ordinating a range of meetings and activities with a range of staff and PGR students. Most of Professor Ioakimidis’s research revolves around the broad theme of Social Work in Extremis, exploring social work practice in the context of unpredictable and extraordinary political, social, economic, and environmental change.
  • Other researchers in the School are involved in a 5-year project funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England a collaboration between Peterborough and Cambridge NHS Trust, and the university of Cambridge, East Anglia, Hertfordshire, and Essex. Professor Joffe is a standing member of the Management Executive Group, and Professor Ewen Speed is the implementation lead for the theme called “Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care” and Professor Gill Green.
  • A Better Start Southend (ABSS) is a national lottery funded programme which responds to the link between economic deprivation and poor life chances. A team of senior research officers are working on a range of community projects which include a formative evaluation lead by Professor Vicky Joffe with Dr Aaron Wyllie and a summative evaluation led by Professor Anuj Kapilashrami. The School is working with a number of strategic partners in the region including Southend Borough Council, Southend Police and Southend NHS Trust, and leading on an inter-disciplinary research team undertaking all research and evaluation activities for the research programme.
  • Eastern ARC Academic Research Consortium is a strategic collaboration between the universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Kent. The Eastern ARC have also launched a mentoring scheme. Professor Ewen Speed is a co-investigator on a UKRI collaborative project across 4 universities looking at differences in the volunteering response across the 4 UK jurisdictions.
  • Professor Anuj Kapilashrami, Director of Global Engagement and Partnerships, is the founding chair and leading a programme of research on migration and heath via the Migration Health South Asia Network.
  • Professor Mariachiara Di Cesare is the Director of the Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing which is committed to supporting the next generation of researchers in public health and wellbeing.

Postgraduate Research

We welcome postgraduate applicants who are interested in developing their expertise around area of public health and global health perspectives through a research degree.

You can find out more about the work of Anuj Kapilashrami in Global Public Health, international perspectives in social work by Vasilios Ioakimidis, and the work of the wider team by browsing the profiles listed below.

We also have links with researchers and post-doctoral researchers in in the Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing led by Mariachiara Di Cesare and the team.

Current doctoral research

Exploring social inclusion and participation: assessing the impact of the Care Act (2014) on the social experience of being a carer

Applying a mixed methodology design this project aims to understand the extent to which the new provision for carers under the Care Act (2014) can promote their wellbeing, participation and inclusion through the use of direct payments. It draws on secondary analysis of carer specific national datasets and insights form carers.

Kathryn Chard

A critical examination of the political construction and development of social work in Greece with refugees and asylum seekers in the humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

The focus of this research is on social work in NGOs, focused particularly on exploring via interviews social workers’ experiences and the ethical difficulties they face in the context of their everyday practice.

NGO staff will also be interviewed to identify perceived ideas regarding social work to demystify the interplay between social work practice and the principles of social justice.

Georgios Papaleonidopolous

Our researchers

Academics

 Sai Bangera

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Victoria Boydell

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

 Sophia Carbonero

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

 Kathryn Chard

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr John Day

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Christopher Green

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Professor Gill Green

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

 Jayne Hannah

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

 Ian Harris

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Professor Victoria Joffe

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Anuj Kapilashrami

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Professor Reza Majdzadeh

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Professor Susan McPherson

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Analisa Pais

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Sarita Panday

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Konstantinos Roussos

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

 Gert Scheepers

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Professor Ewen Speed

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Antonella Trotta

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Elizabeth Williams

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr Aaron Wyllie

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Dr ZhiMin Xiao

Group member

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

Also Group Lead for the Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan research group.

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