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DPhil Supervision

I am interested in supervising DPhil (PhD) students on projects which focus on communication in clinical settings. Potential project titles are advertised here:

I am also happy for potential students to get in touch to discuss other project ideas. 

In 2023 I received the University of Oxford's 'Excellent Supervisor' Award recognising my supportive and inclusive supervisory approach.

Charlotte Albury

BA, MSc, AFHEA, PGCert, D.Phil

Associate Professor

  • THIS Institute Fellow in Clinical Communication and Health Behaviours
  • Academic Clinical Lecturer, Somerville College

I am a medical anthropologist specialising in qualitative research methods, particularly conversation analysis. I am interested in using qualitative methods to explore how communication in clinical settings supports changes to health behaviours.


My research mostly focuses on understanding relationships between clinical communication and behaviour change, including weight loss, smoking cessation, and treatment adherence. I currently hold a Themed Fellowship, from the THIS Institute, and lead a series of externally funded projects to explore communication about weight loss in primary care. 

My research has contributed to national guidelines, and I have advised government and policy makers. I am a member of the NICE Adoption and Impact Reference Panel, and an honorary member of the University of Oxford's Faculty of Linguistics. In 2022 I was the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Principal Investigator of the Year.

I currently lead a 3-year British Heart Foundation funded project developing evidence and training in communication about weight loss in primary care; and a 2 year NHIR PrP project to understand communication between people living with obesity and healthy weight coaches. In my THIS institute EDI-themed I fellowship I am examining how to improve prevention discussions between primary care staff and people with multiple long term conditions.

I also lead substantive qualitative work-packages on large programmes of work, including NewDawn, an NIHR funded programme of research exploring diabetes remission, and SLIM-CARD a British Heart Foundation-funded trial, looking at relationships between weight loss and surgery outcomes.

I am qualitative research lead for the Health behaviours Research Group, and design and lead research using a range of qualitative methods to better understand behaviour change in clinical settings, clinical trial processes, and implementation.

Research Interests  

Behaviour change communication in clinical settings

Conversation analysis

Qualitative methods

Qualitative methods in clinical trials


I hold a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert Teaching and Learning in HE), awarded with Distinction.

From 2018-2022 I was course Director for Oxford Qualitative courses. I currently teach qualitative methods on a range of courses across the University, as well as offering bespoke training.

  • Course Co-lead: Introduction to NVivo (IT Services, Oxford)
  • Course Lead: Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing (Oxford Qualitative Courses)
  • Course lead: Collecting qualitative data- interviews and focus groups (Medical sciences division)


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