Dr Suzanne Moffatt
Reader in Social Gerontology
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5005
- Address: Institute of Health & Society
Baddiley Clark Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
I trained as a speech and language therapist, working in Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Mumbai before embarking on a post-doctoral research career in 1990. Until 2000, I worked on environmental epidemiology studies investigating the health of communities living near industry. Since 2000, I have undertaken a number of studies which have focused on health, welfare and well-being among older people. My current and long-term interests are in the health and well-being of older people, the impact of changes to the welfare state on older people, tackling health and social inequalities and applying research to policy and practice.
BSc (Hons) Ist Class, Speech Pathology & Therapy, University of Manchester, 1982
PhD University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1990
MsC Sociology Health & Health Care (Distinction) University College London, 2004
Elected member, British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee
Member, Newcastle University's Centre for Digital Health and Wellbeing (Director Professor Patrick Olivier, Culture Lab)
Roles and Responsibilities
Editorial Board of Ageing and Society
Lead of the Healthy Ageing Research Programme for Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health http://www.fuse.ac.uk/research/healthyageing/
Lead of the Health and Inequality theme for Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal http://www.ncl.ac.uk/socialrenewal/#
Deputy lead for Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Ageing Across the Life Course theme http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ageing/research/better-ageing/life-course/
Co-chair of the conference organising committee for the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference in Newcastle July 2015 http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/bsg2015/
Member of the Institute of Health & Society Lifecourse, development and Ageing theme http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs/research/lcda/index.htm
Member of the Institute of Health Society Public Health Interventions theme http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs/research/publichealth/index.htm
Editorial board of the journal Ageing and Society
Book reviews editor for the journal Social Theory & Health
My main research interests concern the health and well-being of older people and tackling poverty and social exclusion in later life. I have carried out extensive research into the impact of welfare rights advice on people over state retirement age and ethnic minority elders, funded by the Department of Health and Age Concern. I am interested in methodological issues, particularly the integration of quantiative and qualitative methods, straddling the boundaries between epidemiology and sociology,particularly the limitations of quantitative and qualitative methods alone within public health research, as well as mixed methods research. I have considerable experience in involving participants and the wider public in research and have disseminated research findings to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences and have published on this topic. As a result, a number of studies in which I have been engaged have influenced health and social policy.
Collaborator on MRC LIVEWELL project (£1,982,492) which aims to develop and test interventions that promote health and well-being for older people in the peri-retirement period.
Principal Investigator on a project to evaluate the impact of a welfare rights service for people affected by cancer (£200,000 from Macmillan Cancer Support). Working in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, Durham County Council and County Durham Primary Care Trust.
Collaborator in two MRC research networks from the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme. ‘Enabling Environments: Modelling Wellbeing in Ageing’ is being co-ordinated by Charlotte Clarke, Professor of Nursing Practice at Northumbria University and ‘A Model to Guide Investment in Older People’s Mental Capital, Mental Health and Wellbeing’ is being co-ordinated by Mima Cattan, Professor of Public Health and Northumbria University. www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Calls/LLHW/index.htm
Age Concern Newcastle (£33,000) Evaluating take-up, acceptability and outcomes of welfare rights services among black and minority elders in Newcastle upon Tyne (April 2005-Oct 2006). Principal Investigator.
Department of Health (£227,673) Pilot randomised controlled trial to evaluate the health health effects of welfare rights advice in primary care. (Jan 2002-July 2005) In collaboration with Professor Martin White (Principal Investigator)
I contribute to the Stage One MBBS curriculum, Medicine in the Community
Degree Programme Director, MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research Module Leader for Health and Society Module.
- Green J, Buckner S, Milton S, Powell K, Salway S, Moffatt S. A model of how targeted and universal welfare entitlements impact on material, psycho-social and structural determinants of health in older adults. Social Science and Medicine 2017, 187, 20-28.
- Whybrow P, Moffatt S, Kay L, Thompson B, Aspray T, Duncan R. Assessing the need for arthritis training among paid carers in UK residential care homes: A focus group and interview study. Musculoskeletal Care 2017, 1-8.
- Moffatt S, Steer M, Lawson S, Penn L, O'Brien N. Link Worker social prescribing to improve health and well-being for people with long-term conditions: qualitative study of service user perceptions. BMJ Open 2017, 7(7), e015203.
- Whybrow P, Moffatt S, Kay L, Thompson B, Aspray T, Duncan R. Identifying care workers' educational needs about arthritis. 2016, Oxford University Press.
- O'Brien N, Heaven B, Teal G, Evans EH, Cleland C, Moffatt S, Sniehotta FF, White M, Mathers JC, Moynihan P. Integrating Evidence From Systematic Reviews, Qualitative Research, and Expert Knowledge Using Co-Design Techniques to Develop a Web-Based Intervention for People in the Retirement Transition. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2016, 18(8), e210.
- Lara J, O'Brien N, Godfrey A, Heaven B, Evans EH, Lloyd S, Moffatt S, Moynihan PJ, Meyer TD, Rochester L, Sniehotta FF, White M, Mathers JC. Pilot randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention to promote healthy eating, physical activity and meaningful social connections compared with usual care control in people of retirement age recruited from workplaces. PLOS One 2016, 11(7), e0159703.
- Moffatt S, Heaven B. 'Planning for uncertainty': narratives on retirement transition experiences. Ageing and Society 2016, ePub ahead of print.
- Norman C, Moffatt S, Rankin J. Young parents' views and experiences of interactions with health professionals. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2016, 42(3), 179-186.
- Moffatt S. A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing. Ageing & Society 2015, 35(7), 1557-1558.
- Moffatt S, Lawson S, Patterson R, Holding E, Dennison A, Sowden S, Brown J. A qualitative study of the impact of the UK 'bedroom tax'. Journal of Public Health 2015, epub ahead of print.
- Rizk A, Kronfol NM, Moffatt S, Zaman S, Fares S, Sibai AM. A survey of knowledge-to-action pathways of aging policies and programs in the Arab region: the role of institutional arrangements. Implementation Science 2015, 10, 170.
- Patterson R, Moffatt S, Smith M, Scott J, McLoughlin C, Bell J, Bell N. Exploring social inclusivity within the University of the Third Age (U3A): a model of collaborative research. Ageing & Society 2015, 1-24.
- Heaven B, Hobbs N, Evans EH, White M, Meyer T, Mathers JC, Moffatt S. Mobilising Resources for Well-being: Implications for Developing Interventions in the Retirement Transition. The Gerontologist 2015, epub ahead of print.
- Milton S, Buckner S, Salway S, Powell K, Moffatt S, Green J. Understanding welfare conditionality in the context of a generational habitus: A qualitative study of older citizens in England. Journal of Aging Studies 2015, 34, 113-122.
- Moffatt S, Haighton C, Steer M, Lawson S, White M. What impact does welfare rights advice have on health and wellbeing? Qualitative study from the UK. In: GSA 68th Annual Scientific Meeting. 2015, Orlando, Florida: Oxford University Press.
- Moffatt S, Noble E. Work or welfare after cancer? Explorations of identity and stigma. Sociology of Health & Illness 2015, 37(8), 1191-1205.
- Moffatt S. Aging Concepts and Controversies. Ageing & Society 2014, 34(2), 358-359.
- Tanner LM, Moffatt S, Milne E, Mills SDH, White M. Socio-economic and behavioural risk factors for adverse winter health and social outcomes in economically developed countries: a systematic review of quantitative observational studies. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2013, 67(12), 1061-1067.
- Heaven B, Brown L, White M, Errington L, Mathers JC, Moffatt S. Supporting well-being in retirement through meaningful social roles: systematic review of intervention studies. Milbank Quarterly 2013, 91(2), 222-287.
- Moffatt S, Noble E, White M. Addressing the financial consequences of cancer: Qualitative evaluation of a welfare rights advice service. Plos One 2012, 7(8), e42979.
- Moffatt S, Higgs P, Rummery K, Rees Jones I. Choice, consumerism and devolution: growing old in the welfare state(s) of Scotland, Wales and England. Ageing and Society 2012, 32(5), 725-746.
- Haighton C, Moffatt S, Howel D, McColl E, Milne E, Deverill M, Rubin G, Aspray T, White M. The Do-Well study: protocol for a randomised controlled trial, economic and qualitative process evaluations of domiciliary welfare rights advice for socio-economically disadvantaged older people recruited via primary health care. BMC Public Health 2012, 12(1), 382.
- Moffatt S, Noble E, Exley C. "Done more for me in a fortnight than anybody done in all me life." How welfare rights advice can help people with cancer. BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10(1), 259.
- Moffatt S, Glasgow N. How Useful is the Concept of Social Exclusion When Applied to Rural Older People in the United Kingdom and the United States?. Regional Studies 2009, 43(10), 1291-1303.
- Moffatt S, Mackintosh J. Older people's experience of proactive welfare rights advice: qualitative study of a South Asian community. Ethnicity & Health 2009, 14(1), 5-25.
- Moffatt S. Work, retirement and money. In: Cattan, M, ed. Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2009, pp.64-83.
- Moffatt S, Scambler G. Can welfare-rights advice targeted at older people reduce social exclusion?. Ageing and Society 2008, 28(6), 875-899.
- Penn LD, Moffatt SM, White M. Participants' perspective on maintaining behaviour change: A qualitative study within the European Diabetes Prevention Study. BMC Public Health 2008, 8(1), 235.
- Moffatt S, Higgs P. Charity or entitlement? Generational habitus and the welfare state among older people in North-east England. Social Policy and Administration 2007, 41(5), 449-464.
- Adams JM, White M, Moffatt S, Howel DM, MacKintosh JE. A systematic review of the health, social and financial impacts of welfare rights advice delivered in healthcare settings. BMC Public Health 2006, 6(1), 81.
- Schlüter A, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. Enough is enough: Emerging 'self-help' environmentalism in a petrochemical town. Environmental Politics 2004, 13(4), 715-733.
- Phillimore P, Moffatt S. 'If we have wrong perceptions of our area, we cannot be surprised if others do as well.' Representing risk in Teesside's environmental politics. Journal of Risk Research 2004, 7(2), 171-184.
- Bush J, Pless-Mulloli T, Moffatt S, Phillimore P, Howel D. Perception of risks to quality of life and health in ex-mining communities in north-east England. In: EPIDEMIOLOGY. 2004, 530 WALNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-3621 USA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.
- Moffatt S, White M, Stacy R, Downey D, Hudson E. The impact of welfare advice in primary care: A qualitative study. Critical Public Health 2004, 14(3), 295-309.
- Moffatt S, Hoeldke B, Pless-Mulloli T. Local environmental concerns among communities in North-East England and South Hessen, Germany: The influence of proximity to industry. Journal of Risk Research 2003, 6(2), 125-144.
- Howel D, Moffatt S, Bush J, Dunn CE, Prince H. Public views on the links between air pollution and health in Northeast England. Environmental Research 2003, 91(3), 163-171.
- Bush J, Moffatt S, Dunn C. ”Air pollution – it’s a different sort of issue”: contextualising local and global environmental issues in northeast England. Local Environment 2002, 7(2), 119-134.
- Bush J, Moffatt S, Dunn CE. Contextualisation of local and global environmental issues in North-east England: Implications for debates on globalisation and the 'risk society'. Local Environment 2002, 7(2), 119-133.
- Howel D, Moffatt S, Prince H, Bush J, Dunn CE. Urban air quality in north-east England: Exploring the influences on local views and perceptions. Risk Analysis 2002, 22(1), 121-130.
- Bush J, Moffatt S, Dunn C. 'Even the birds round here cough': Stigma, air pollution and health in Teesside. Health and Place 2001, 7(1), 47-56.
- Bush J, Moffatt S, Dunn CE. Keeping the public informed? Public evaluation of air quality information. Public Understanding of Science 2001, 10(2), 213-229.
- Moffatt S, Pless Mulloli T, Bhopal R, Foy C, Phillimore PR. An exploration of awareness bias in two environmental epidemiology studies. Epidemiology 2000, 11(2), 199-208.
- Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Hudson E, Downey D. Impact? What impact? Epidemiological findings in the public domain. Social Science & Medicine 2000, 51, 1755-1769.
- Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Hudson E, Downey D. 'Impact? What impact?' Epidemiological research findings in the public domain: A case study from north-east England. Social Science and Medicine 2000, 51(12), 1755-1769.
- Pless-Mulloli T, Dunn C, Bhopal R, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Edwards J. Is it feasible to construct a community profile of exposure to industrial air pollution?. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2000, 57(8), 542-549.
- Moffatt S, Bhopal R. Study on environmental hazards is flawed. British Medical Journal 2000, 320(7244), 1274.
- Moffat S, White M, Stacy R, Hudson E, Downey D. "If we had not got referred and got the advice, I don't know where we'd be, it doesn't bear thinking about". The impact of welfare advice provided in general practice. A qualitative study. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Department of Primary Health Care, 1999.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. 'Industry causes lung cancer': would you be happy with that headline? Environmental health and local politics. In: Allan S; Adam B; Carter C, ed. Environmental Risks and the Media. London: University College London Press, 1999, pp.105-116.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. Narratives of insecurity in Teesside: environmental politics and health risks. In: Vail, John; Wheelock, Jane; Hill, Michael, ed. Insecure times: living with insecurity in contemporary society. London: Routledge, 1999, pp.137-153.
- Moffatt S. Parents' perceptions of the health and environmental impact of opencast coal mining: A qualitative study. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1999.
- Moffatt S, Bush J, Dunn CE. Public Awareness of Air Quality and Respiratory Health and the Impact of Health Advice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle, 1999.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Pless-Mulloli T. Comfortable images, uncomfortable facts; or uncomfortable images, comfortable facts? A sociology of air quality monitoring in Teesside. In: The Northern Region in Transition. 1998.
- Moffatt S, Hudson E, Downey D, Phillimore PR. Communicating epidemiological research findings. Perspectives from communities, policy makers, industry and the media. Epidemiology 1998, 9(4), S151.
- S Moffatt,J Bush,H Prince,C Dunn,D Howel. Community views on ill-health, air quality and 'expert' information; the effects of proximity to heavy industry and poverty. Epidemiology 1998, 9(4), S143.
- Bhopal R, Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Pless-Mulloli T, Foy C, Dunn C, Tate J. Does living close to a constellation of industries impair health? A study of health, illness and the environment in North East England. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1998, 55, 812-822.
- Bhopal R, Moffatt S, Pless-Mulloli T, Phillimore P, Foy C, Dunn C, Tate J. Does living near a constellation of petrochemical, steel, and other industries impair health?. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1998, 55(12), 812-822.
- Pless-Mulloli T, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Bhopal R, Foy C, Dunn C, Tate J. Lung cancer, proximity to industry, and poverty in Northeast England. Environmental Health Perspectives 1998, 106(4), 189-196.
- J. Bush,S. Moffatt,C.E. Dunn. Public perceptions of risks to health from air pollution: the importance of locality. In: Paper presented at Eighth International Symposium in Medical Geography. 1998, Baltimore MD, USA.
- Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Bhopal R, Foy RC. 'If this is what it's doing to our washing, what is it doing to our lungs?' Industrial pollution and public understanding in North-East England. Social Science Medicine 1995, 41(6), 883-891.
- Phillimore P, Moffatt S. Discounted knowledge - local experience, environmental pollution and health. In: Popay J; Williams G, ed. Researching the People's Health. London: Routledge, 1994, pp.134-153.
- Bhopal RS, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Foy C. Is Living Near a Coking Works Harmful to Health?. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 1994, 48, 237-247.