Dr Ewen Speed

Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Ewen Speed
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    2S2.4.17, Colchester Campus

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    13:00 - 14:00 Monday or by appointment



Ewen is Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology in the School of Health and Social Care. He has research interests in health policy, particularly in the context of the UK NHS. He is also interested in critical approaches to understanding engagement and involvement in healthcare, and in critical approaches to psychology and psychiatry.


  • M.Sc. Research Methods (University of Strathclyde) University of Strathclyde

  • Ph.D. Sociology Trinity College Dublin

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Health policy and the NHS

Governance and citizenship in context of health and healthcare

Community economies and health care

Neoliberalism, the third sector and health care provision

Discourse analysis, interpretive policy analysis

Current research

Information as a Regulatory Device in the NHS

In conjunction with Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham and Lynne Pettinger, University of Warwick.

Conferences and presentations

Translational Research and the Politics of Evidence

Invited presentation, Translational Research Workshop, London, United Kingdom, 17/10/2018

Integrated care as fragmented care

London, United Kingdom, 21/9/2018

Populism as political performativity: implications for health policy

Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, 12/9/2018

Mental Health, Stigma and Participation

South Essex College, 20/4/2018

Populism as political performativity: implications for policy

Invited presentation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, 25/1/2018

The rise of populism in Western liberal democracies: implications for health policy

Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 22/9/2017

NHS England as an Arm's Length Body: On Questions of Sponsorship and Accountability

Invited presentation, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 12/7/2017

This research has implications for policy on... - Why nobody listens to psychologists

British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom, 4/5/2017

Being Informed: ICT as Technique of Governmentality in the NHS

British Socioloigical Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 4/4/2017

Digital Cycling, Whats big health data good for?

United Kingdom, 27/4/2016

Transforming a public good into a private bad: Political legitimacy, wilful deceit and the reform of the English NHS

Invited presentation, Center for British Studies, Berkeley, United States, 14/1/2016

Teaching and supervision

  • Qualitative Health Research (HS948)


Journal articles (26)

Speed, E. and Mannion, R., (2018). The Politics and Power of Populism: A Response to the Recent Commentaries. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 6 (4), 365-366

Green, J. and Speed, E., (2018). Critical analysis, credibility, and the politics of publishing in an era of ‘fake news’. Critical Public Health. 28 (2), 129-131

Flintoff, A., Speed, E. and McPherson, SJ., (2018). Risk assessment practice within primary mental health care: A logics perspective. Health, 136345931876947-136345931876947

Carter, S., Green, J. and Speed, E., (2018). Digital technologies and the biomedicalisation of everyday activities: The case of walking and cycling. Sociology Compass. 12 (4), e12572-e12572

Walker, C., Speed, E. and Taggart, D., (2018). Turning psychology into policy: a case of square pegs and round holes?. Palgrave Communications. 4 (108)

Goodchild, T. and Speed, E., (2018). Technology enhanced learning as transformative innovation: a note on the enduring myth of TEL. Teaching in Higher Education

Pavolini, E., Kuhlmann, E., Agartan, T., Burau, V., Mannion, R. and Speed, E., (2018). Healthcare governance, professions and populism: Is there a relationship? An explorative comparison of five European countries. Health Policy. 122 (10), 1140-1148

Georgiadis, A., Corrigan, O. and Speed, E., (2017). Frontline Healthcare Staffs’ Experience of Organizing Complex Hospital Discharges: An Ethnographic Study. Ethics & Behavior. 27 (4), 335-350

Madden, M. and Speed, E., (2017). Beware Zombies and Unicorns: Toward Critical Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research in a Neoliberal Context. Frontiers in Sociology. 2

Speed, E. and Mannion, R., (2017). The Rise of Post-truth Populism in Pluralist Liberal Democracies: Challenges for Health Policy. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 6 (5), 249-251

Speed, E., (2016). A note on the utility of austerity. Critical Public Health. 26 (1), 1-3

Speed, E., Davison, C. and Gunnell, C., (2016). The anonymity paradox in patient engagement: reputation, risk and web-based public feedback.. Med Humanit. 42 (2), 135-140

Barratt, C., Green, G. and Speed, E., (2015). Mental health and houses in multiple occupation. Journal of Public Mental Health. 14 (2), 107-117

Winter, H., Moncrieff, J. and Speed, E., (2015). 'Because You're Worth It': A discourse analysis of the gendered rhetoric of the ADHD woman, Qualitative Research in Psychology.. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 12 (4), 415-434

Glynos, J., Speed, E. and West, K., (2015). Logics of marginalisation in health and social care reform: Integration, choice, and provider-blind provision. Critical Social Policy. 35 (1), 45-68

Speed, E. and Harper, D., (2015). Foreword to the special issue. Clinical Psychology Forum. 2015 (268), 1-2

Goffey, A., Pettinger, L. and Speed, E., (2014). Politics, policy and privatisation in the everyday experience of big data in the NHS. Studies in Qualitative Methodology. 13, 31-50

Scambler, G., Scambler, S. and Speed, E., (2014). Civil society and the Health and Social Care Act in England and Wales: Theory and praxis for the twenty-first century. Social Science & Medicine. 123, 210-216

Speed, E. and Gabe, J., (2013). The Health and Social Care Act for England 2012: The extension of ‘new professionalism’. Critical Social Policy. 33 (3), 564-574

Glynos, J. and Speed, E., (2012). Varieties of co-production in public services: time banks in a UK health policy context. Critical Policy Studies. 6 (4), 402-433

Taggart, D. and Speed, E., (2012). It’s your problem but you need us to help you fix it: The paradox at the heart of the IAPT agenda. , Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry-Special Issue on Anti-Capitalism and Mental Health,. 19 (3), 23-24

Harper, DJ. and Speed, E., (2012). Uncovering recovery: The resistible rise of recovery and resilience. Studies in Social Justice. 6 (1), 9-26

Speed, E., (2007). Discourses of consumption or consumed by discourse? A consideration of what “consumer” means to the service user. Journal of Mental Health. 16 (3), 307-318

Speed, E., (2006). Patients, consumers and survivors: A case study of mental health service user discourses. Social Science & Medicine. 62 (1), 28-38

Speed, E., (2002). Irish Mental Health Social Movements: A Consideration of Movement Habitus. Irish Journal of Sociology. 11 (1), 62-80

West, P., Sweeting, H. and Speed, E., (2001). We Really Do Know What You Do: A Comparison of Reports from 11 Year Olds and their Parents in Respect of Parental Economic Activity and Occupation. Sociology. 35 (2), 539-559

Book chapters (4)

Speed, E. and Fitzpatrick, R., (2018). Society and Changing Patterns of Health and Disease. In: Sociology as Applied to Health and Medicine. Editors: Scambler, G., . Macmillan International Higher Education. 1137577398. 9781137577399

Speed, E., (2017). Transforming a Public Good into a Private Bad: Political Legitimacy, Wilful Deceit and the Reform of NHS in England. In: Decentring Health Policy: Learning from British Experiences in Healthcare Governance. Editors: Bevir, M. and Waring, J., . Routledge. 187- 204. 9781138232990

Speed, E., (2011). Discourses of acceptance and resistance: Speaking out about psychiatry. In: De-Medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition. 123- 140. 9780230342507

Speed, E., (2011). Applying Soft Bureaucracy to Rhetorics of Choice: UK NHS 1983-2007. In: Managing Modernity: The End of Bureaucracy?. Editors: Clegg, SR., Harris, M. and H�pfl, H., . Oxford University Press. 9780199563647

Reports and Papers (5)

Mehta, J., Clifford, E., Taggart, D. and Speed, E., "Where your mental health disappears overnight: Disabled people's experiences of the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group

Thiel, D., Speed, E. and Cristo, SM., (2015). The Impact of Welfare Reform in Essex: A Report for the Essex Housing Officers' Group

Anderson, B. and Speed, E., (2010). Social Media And Health: Implications For Primary Health Care Providers

Glynos, J., Howarth, D., Norval, AJ. and Speed, E., (2009). Discourse Analysis: varieties and methods

Other (1)

Taggart, D., mehta, J. and Speed, E., Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people

Grants and funding


Self care programme bid

Eastern Academic Health Science Network


Timebanking in Essex: Developing an Impact Evaluation Methodology

Colchester Community Voluntary Services

67% - The design and development of a scalable, avatar based, digital healthcare platform, driven by AI and Machine Learning technology.

Technology STrategy Board


Hospital Discharge

Healthwatch Essex


To map the impacts of social welfare reform and produce a dynamic digital map of welfare support service provision

Colne Housing Society Ltd

Information as a Regulatory Device (IARD)

West Essex CCG



Secretary of State for Health


Digital Inclusion & Social Knowledge

Solihull Care Trust

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