Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Michelle Addison

Research Associate


I am part of a core team developing the Equal North Network, a community of academics, researchers and practitioners across the north of England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities. This network specifically aims to support PHE in taking forward the Due North Report recommendations. The team includes Prof Eileen Kaner and Prof Clare Bambra.

I am exploring the Impact of Universal Credit (UC) on Wellbeing and Health in the north east alongside Dr Suzanne Moffatt (PI) and Dr Mandy Cheetham (fuse).

I am project manager of ATTUNE: Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: a mixed-methods examination of the individual, social and cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use across Europe; working alongside Dr Amy O' Donnell (PI), Prof Eileen Kaner (PI) and Dr Ruth McGovern and EU partners

Previous studies:

I was co-investigator for the study: 'Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England', working alongside Prof Eileen Kaner, Dr Iain McKinnon, Dr Ruth McGovern, Dr Kelly Stockdale (Teesside University), Will McGovern (Northumbria University), Dr Lisa Crowe, and Chief Inspector Lisa Hogan (Northumbria Police). Results are currently being disseminated widely.

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I was project manager of ACCEPT - A pilot feasibility randomized control trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody setting

I am interested in research linked to social and health inequalities, and would be happy to supervise students interested in the following: 

  • Social and health inequalities
  • Stigma
  • Illicit substance use
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Identity formations
  • Gender construction
  • Social Relations - game-playing, logic of practice
  • Social theory: P. Bourdieu; E. Goffman; A. Hochschild 

Previous to this I worked as a Researcher in the private sector for several years, conducting research for clients such as the BBC, ITV, The Northumbrian Criminal Justice Board, UTV, The Children's Society and EMAP. I moved into academia to work as a Researcher on the ESRC funded study: ‘From the coal to the car park?’ with Professor Yvette Taylor (PI) looking at gender intersections within a post-industrial climate. I have also worked on the 'Bright Lights, Big city?', looking at queer identity and scene space within a post-industrial landscape (PIs Prof Yvette Taylor and Dr Mark Casey). I have extensive qualitative experience working with hard to reach demographics, 'elite' groups, and vulnerable groups of people across multiples themes.


  • Social Sciences (BA Hons) Durham University
  • Social Research (MA) Newcastle University, 1st Class
  • PhD, Newcastle University

Grant Awards

Bambra C, Kaner E, Whitehead M, Salway S, Addison M, Moffatt S, Carr S, Powell K, Barr B, Holland P, Taylor-Robinson D, Popay J, Hatton C, Orton L, Collins M, Johnson P. Equal North 2: Taking forward the Due North research agenda. £91,793

McGovern R (PI); Kaner, E.; Gilvarry, E.; Lingham, R.; Alderson, H.; Addison, M.; Geijer-Simpson, E.; Minos, D. 'Addressing the impact of parental substance misuse on children', Public Health England, 2016, £59,903.37

M.Addison (co-I); Kaner, E. (co-I); Crowe, L.; McGovern, R.; McKinnon, I.; French, J.; Benson, K. Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England. investigator, N8 Police Research Partnership, 2016, £23,500

Areas of expertise

  • Qualitative empirical methodologies
  • Project management
  • Social and health inequalities
  • Substance Use
  • Identity Formations
  • Gender
  • Social Relations