OUR TEAM

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Rachel Baker

Rachel is Director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and Professor of Health Economics. Her research focusses on the use of mixed methods to: i) elicit societal values with respect to resource allocation for health and ii) study the benefits arising from policies, programmes or interventions, especially complex social programmes or organisations that impact on health and wellbeing.

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Mike Kelly

Mike is Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. Between 2005 and 2014, he was the Director of the Centre for Public Health at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). There he led the teams producing public health guidelines and was responsible for the production of over 60 guidelines on topics related to community health.

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Margaret Munro

As Centre Senior Administrator, Margaret leads and co-ordinates administrative support for the Yunus Centre.Margaret works closely with the Economics of Health & Wellbeing team and is lead administrator for a number of externally-funded research projects including the NIHR CommonHealth Assets project and large scale conferences at the Yunus Centre.

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Marcello Bertotti 

Marcello Bertotti is a reader in community health at the Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London. He has 15 years work experience in research and evaluation of community health interventions, social enterprise, asset-based approaches to health, and social prescribing. Marcello is a UCLPartners Improvement Fellow and a co-founder of the social prescribing network

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Louise Baxter

Louise is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Health and Illness in the Department of Social Work and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. She is currently co-investigator on a project to develop guidelines for involving people experiencing mental ill-health in heritage projects. Prior to this Louise was a researcher at UCL for the MARCH mental health research network, exploring community assets and mental health.

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John Cassidy

John is an active volunteer in a range of local and national charities focussing on improving the health and wellbeing of people in areas experiencing severe social and economic difficulties. He holds voluntary directorships on various Boards and retains an active interest in evaluation. His doctorate from Strathclyde University was a study of the evaluation of broad aim social action programmes. 

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Emma Clewett

Emma has previously worked in the voluntary sector and with Primary Care Networks, with a key role in social prescribing and health inequality research. Her professional and academic experiences have focused on highlighting and addressing the social determinants of health, as well as the facilitation of community engagement to influence health and well-being outcomes. Emma has a particular interest in qualitative research, which she has utilised in the field of sociology and community psychology; her MA thesis focused on analysing the impact of community spaces on community integration and social inclusion. 

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Cam Donaldson

Cam Donaldson holds the Yunus Chair and is Pro Vice Chancellor Research at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a health economist and, from 2014 to 2020, was principal investigator on CommonHealth, a Scotland-wide methodological research programme investigating the role of social enterprises in addressing the social determinants of health.

Andrew Elders

Andrew is a statistician in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has expertise in the evaluation of complex interventions and supports the statistical aspects of several large clinical trials and evidence synthesis studies funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Andrew’s interests are predominantly focussed on innovation in health services and community research.

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Julie Fox

Julie has been lead officer for Annexe Communities in Glasgow since 2004. Following a career change from teaching to community development, Julie completed a post graduate course in community education and has followed a career in the voluntary sector - working in the fields of housing and community development, employment and regeneration, youth work and now in community-led health improvement.

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Lee-Ann Fenge

Professor of Social Care and Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices, Department of Social Work and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University.I am an experienced qualitative researcher with expertise in using participatory methods to engage the voice of seldom heard groups using creative methods for both research and dissemination.

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Karen Galway

Karen Galway PhD is a Lecturer in Mental Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on evidence based policy and mental health service development; help seeking including access to mental health services and innovations in mental health promotion, suicide prevention and postvention.

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Aideen Gildea

Aideen is a Research Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. She has an interdisciplinary academic background, spanning health and social sciences, and a professional background in special community public health nursing. Aideen’s interests lie in application and evaluation of complex public health interventions in community and educational settings.

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Sarkis Manoukian

Research Fellow in Health Economics working primarily in the area of Economic Evaluation, Sarkis has worked as an economist in numerous clinical trials funded by the National Institute for Health Research. His research interests are mainly in the area of applied economics; including economic evaluation, the economics of healthcare associated infections, health service delivery and psychological well-being. 

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Helen Mason

Helen is a health economist with expertise in economic evaluation and she supports the economic component of a large number of clinical trials funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Helen is also interested in eliciting the views of patients and the public on the provision of health care through the use of Q methodology.

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Jennifer McLean

Jennifer is Public Health Programme Manager at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health where she leads a research programme exploring innovative approaches for new ways of working and community-based responses to population health improvement. Jennifer is also Associate Director with Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland and a honorary lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

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Antony Morgan

Professor Morgan, an internationally renowned expert in asset-based public health, became Dean of GCU London in 2016. Working for the last 30 years for a range of public sector organisations, he has developed a track record for leading large multi-disciplinary teams of research and technical staff to deliver evidence-based programmes for health and service delivery.

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Sinead Murphy

Working in The Community & Voluntary Sector for over 15 years, Sinead has been involved in a range of activity from youth projects to specific support and health programmes for the community. She enjoys seeing the impact that all the projects have within the local area and is very passionate about community work and feels that communities who work together will see the benefits for generations to come.

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Jill Mulholland

Jill Mulholland is an Adult Nurse with experience working in Covid-19 Nightingale wards as well as a range of general hospital settings. Jill’s interest in connecting hospital care to holistic community care has motivated her to commence a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. As part of the Common Health Assets Team, Jill’s PhD is focused on social prescribing routes to community based support for enhancing access to holistic health and wellbeing.

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Liam O'Hare

Liam is Senior Research Fellow and Chair of the Innovation Operations Group at the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast. He is also an Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.. Liam’s overarching research interest is the investigation of social and educational innovation. 

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Andrew Paterson

Andrew’s work reflects SCDCs objectives to address social injustice and inequality, and a key message is the need for greater community development and other support for community organisations in disadvantaged communities.Andrew has a PhD in sociology, awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University in 2010. His thesis consisted of qualitative research with young men around their health lifestyles.

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Sam Porter

Sam Porter is an adult nurse by professional training and sociologist by academic training. These biographical streams combine in his research interest in the social aspects of health and healthcare. He is also engaged in methodological developments, specifically the application of critical realist tenets to research strategies.

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Jack Rendall

Jack is a Researcher at the Yunus Centre, GCU. His research interests include social inequality, social enterprises, community organisations, and work integration. Jack’s PhD, utilising Q Methodology, focussed on uncovering perspectives of job quality within Scottish social enterprises. He has previously worked on projects funded by the DCMS, the Government Equalities Office, the ESRC, the Chief Scientists Office (Scotland), and the CIPD among others.

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Michael Roy

Michael is Professor of Economic Sociology and Social Policy at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU. His research focuses primarily on the health and well-being impacts of organisations in the social economy, particularly social enterprises. He also examines ways in which the environments in which the social economy operates - their ‘ecosystems’ - can be supported and enhanced.

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Pete Seaman

Pete oversees the planning and delivery of the Centre programme of work whilst maintaining research priorities including community resilience and developing responses to racialised under-representation in the Public Health workforce and data. GCPH’s role is to generateinsights, evidenceandsupportfornew approaches to improve the health and reduceinequality.

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Merron Simpson

Merron is Chief Executive of The Health Creation Alliance (formerly New NHS Alliance). She has led the organisations’ transformation from an established GP-led voice of primary care to the only national cross-sector movement of professionals and local people working as equal partners to address health inequalities through Health Creation.

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Artur Steiner

Artur leads the Community Development and Citizenship Participation Research Group at the Yunus Centre, GCU. His research is about community disadvantage and actions to ameliorate isolation, raise resilience and empowerment. Artur’s work is concerned with evidencing howto tackle social inequalities and vulnerability including geographical disadvantage and frailty of specific groups in the society.