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Interdisciplinary research at the interface between social sciences and healthcare.

Interdisciplinary research in health sciences irihs

IRIHS is a mixed-method research unit established in 2015, led jointly by Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Associate Professor Sara Shaw.

The group aims to undertake excellent research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries, bringing together approaches and methodologies from clinical medicine, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, computer science, management studies, philosophy and social policy.


Doctoral students:

  1. Dominic Hurst (PT) 2012-.  General Dental Practitioners’ knowledge encounters
  2. Gemma Hughes (PT) 2012-. Integrated care in practice: a case study of health and social care for adults with complex needs considered at high risk 
  3. Adrian Rohrbasser (PT). 2013- .Exploring why Quality Circles work in Primary Health Care: A realist approach about how, why and under what circumstances they work.  
  4. Samantha Roberts (PT) 2015-. Application of evidence on affordability and the use of co-design principles to enhance delivery of prevention programmes for type 2 diabetes in an area of high prevalence.
  5. Tim Stephens (based at Queen Mary University of London, PT) 2015-. What influences sustainability of quality improvement in acute healthcare settings?  
  6. Sietse Wieringa (PT) 2016-. A qualitative study of how mindlines develop and their link with clinical guidelines.
  7. Caitlin Pilbeam (FT) 2016-.  Doctoral studentship linked to Wellcome SCALS Senior Investigator Award. Wellbeing and assisted living solutions.
  8. Eleanor Barry (PT) 2018-. NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. The patient experience of pre-diabetes
  9. Richard Gleave (PT) 2017-. Providing Government with evidence-based advice on the public's health.
  10. K Micklitz (PT) 2017-. Mindfulness programmes in the workplace. 
  11. Mona Koshkouri 2018-. Implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive.
  12. Jackie Walumbe 2018-. Supporting successful self-management strategies for people living with chronic pain.

Our team:

Selected publications