Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Sian Russell

Research Associate

Background

Qualifications:

PhD: Health Services Research and Sociology, The University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc (taught): Social Research, The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science

MA (Hons.)*: Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science


*A Master of Arts with Honours represents a four year undergraduate qualification as awarded by Scotland’s ancient universities. The fourth year requires students to complete a piece of novel research in the form of a dissertation.




Research

Current work:

Siân is principally working on a project exploring the barriers and facilitators to COPD self-management. The results from a systematic review of reviews, a qualitative synthesis, and semi-structured interviews with COPD patients and healthcare practitioners providing care to COPD patients will be used to inform the development of an evidence-based self-management intervention. Siân is leading on the qualitative synthesis and interviews with COPD patients.

In addition she is involved in research exploring the mental health risks for young people in the North East of England, and the factors impacting on their access to, and engagement with mental health services. Siân is also part of the core team of the Equal North research and practice network, which aims to build a network of researchers, practitioners, and academics from across the North of England who hold an interest in tackling socio-cultural and health inequalities. 

 

Previous work:

As a research associate Siân has worked on a large qualitative study exploring how prevailing constructions of masculinity in socioeconomically deprived areas relate to sexual health attitudes and behaviours in heterosexual men and women. She conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with men and women from in socioeconomically deprived communities across Scotland.

As a research assistant she has worked on an intervention design, implementation, and evaluation project for stroke self‐management. The findings from semi-structured interviews and a systematic review were used to inform the developed the tailored self‐management support intervention.

For her PhD study she used semi-structured, in‐depth interviews to explore the experiences and perceptions of living with cognitive and physical impairments acquired by stroke. Data were analysed via a theoretically driven thematic analysis in which Bourdieusian theoretical concepts were used to interrogate data and vice versa. Two prominent themes of 'phantom dispositions' and 'devalued identities' were explored further via a case study approach.

 

Funding:

Current Grants

Russell, S. Ogunbayo, O. Vaittinen, A. Valtorta, N. Bareham, B. Netts, P. Hanratty, B. & Scharf,T . Growing Through Turbulent Times: Co-Development of a Primary Care Allotment to Tackle Health and Wellbeing Challenges in a Difficult Social and Economic Climate. (June 2017-June 2018) Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal: Cross-thematic Priorities Award

 

Research interests:

Chronic illness and disability; sexual health and pleasure; masculinities and femininities; neoliberalism and inequalities; Bourdieusian, Foucauldian, and Eliasian theoretical perspectives; qualitative approaches.

 

Qualifications:

PhD: Health Services Research and Sociology, The University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc (taught): Social Research, The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science

MA (Hons.)*: Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science

 

*A Master of Arts with Honours represents a four year undergraduate qualification as awarded by Scotland’s ancient universities. The fourth year requires students to complete a piece of novel research in the form of a dissertation.



Teaching

Siân has co-organised and taught informal qualitative methods workshops for colleagues within the Institute of Health and Society. She has also assisted with the teaching of the qualitative component of the MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research at Newcastle University, and qualitative workshops as part of the CPD modules hosted by Newcastle University and Northumbria University. 

Publications