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Last updated 23rd March 2023


I am a Principal Research Fellow/Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Health Research. A Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

For over 20 years, I have co-created research with policymakers, health and social care professionals, businesses, charities, workers and their families to raise awareness of the health-supportive nature of work. 

Research Expertise and Interests

My ongoing aim is to challenge the default, (over)medicalised and individualised narrative around work disability, much of which is avoidable.  I believe the solution to this global problem is to adopt a holistic approach - acknowledging that health is interdependent and empowering people to become their own authority on health at work.

Drawing on the methodology and practices of knowledge mobilisation and science communication, I co-create research with and for the people who need it - ensuring it is accessible, meaningful and useful.

I currently lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University and Swiss Re - one of the world's leading reinsurance companies. We are co-creating an innovative gamification approach that will empower people to navigate a positive and sustainable return-to-work journey.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Policy
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • systemic thinking
  • knowledge mobilisation
  • knowledge exchange
  • research impact
  • innovation
  • Health
  • Co-creation
  • Co-production
  • work disability
  • holistic approach


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