Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Lee

Senior Research Associate



I am a social scientist with expertise in the sociology of health and illness, qualitative methods and synthesis, and the politics of the food system. 

My work considers the implications of medical, social, biological and technological processes for everyday life, expertise and policy.


  • PhD, 2010 ‘Setting Science-Based International Food Standards: Defining Dietary Fibre in the Codex Alimentarius Commission’ (Newcastle University)
  • MRes Social Science, distinction; MSc Rural Development, distinction (Newcastle University) 
  • BSc(Hons) Geography (University of Hull)

Previous Positions

  • 2011-13 Research Associate, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University
  • 2010-11 Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
  • 2004-05 Research Associate, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University







My recent research focuses on end of life dementia care.  As part of the National Institute of Health Applied Research Programme 'Supporting Excellence in End of Life Care for People with Dementia' (SEED) led by Prof Louise Robinson, I have conducted interviews and focus groups with national experts, service managers, frontline staff, carers and people with dementia in order to understand the features of 'good practice' in end of life care.  My research also involved undertaking ethnography in various care services.  On-going work examines the commissioning process for end of life care for people with dementia, based upon interviews and workshops with commissioners and a narrative review of policy and evidence.

Other work has focused upon: the practices of carers of people with rheumatoid arthritis and their interactions with diverse forms of education, advice and support; the politics of agri-food trade policy; innovation and standard setting in food composition.

As a social scientist who engages in interdisciplinary research, I am concerned with understanding the role of knowledge and expertise in producing practice and regulation.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Grace Lewis (PhD)

Previous Postgraduate Supervision

Ellen Tullo (PhD)


Postgraduate Teaching

MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research

  • Approaches to Synthesising Qualitative Research, Systematic Review & Critical Appraisal Module
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Further Qualitative Research
  • Dissertation Supervisor; Dissertation Examiner

MRes Global Health

  • Dissertation Supervisor