Alan Farrier

Alan Farrier

Research Associate

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB328

+44 (0) 1772 89 5118

Alan is an experienced qualitative researcher who has worked on a variety of health and wellbeing research projects with young offenders, people with mental health issues and other socially excluded and marginalised groups. He is interested in a range of psychosocial research methods, including narrative-based interviewing and analysis.

He is a member of the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit and an honorary member of the Psychosocial Research Unit.


Full Profile

Alan is a researcher working for the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. He is currently working on: an evaluation of the Incredible Edible Model (an urban food-growing project); an evaluation of engagement and practice of the UK Healthy Universities Network; the development of a whole-borough healthy place programme in Blackburn with Darwen; an evaluation of sustainable food initiatives in North West prisons.

Previously Alan has worked on an evaluation of the Greener on the Outside for Prisons (GOOP) programme. He had a role as an evaluation consultant for Groundwork UK, conducting research and providing evaluation support to health and wellbeing projects throughout the North West, North East and Midlands. He has also worked as researcher for the Psychosocial Research Unit at UCLan, the Medical Services Research department at the University of Liverpool and the Post-16 Studies Unit at the University of Manchester. He has lectured and tutored on a variety of modules on Sociology, Cultural Studies, Public Health, Social Work and Media Studies courses at UCLan, University of Manchester and University of Salford.

Alan has a PhD in Education, examining cultural constructions of masculinity in educational contexts outside of the mainstream. He is currently on the supervision team of a PhD examining hypermasculinity in a prison setting has also been on the supervision team of a recent successful PhD submission (UCLan, 2013) and has supervised Masters dissertations. In 2011, the evaluation report of the ‘Who Cares?’ programme (promoting wellbeing and social inclusion in museums and art galleries), which Alan co-wrote, received an award for excellence in research from the Royal Society for Public Health.

Previous Appointments:

  • 2013-15 Evaluation Support Consultant, Groundwork UK (North West)
  • 2013 Research Assistant, Medical Services Research, University of Liverpool
  • 2006-12 Research Fellow, Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2005-06 Research Assistant, Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2002 Research Assistant, Post-16 Studies Unit, University of Manchester

Subject Specialisms:

Alan's research background involves working on a variety of health and wellbeing projects with socially excluded and marginalised groups: prisoners, young offenders and those at risk of offending, people with mental health issues, homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers. His principle research interest is in using a multi-method psychosocial qualitative approach, including narrative-based interviewing, participant observations, audio, video and photographic data and group data analysis.


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