Alan is an experienced qualitative researcher who has worked on a variety of health and wellbeing research projects, predominantly with and arts and/or nature focus, with young offenders, prisoners, 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, visual methods and group panel analysis.
Alan is researcher working in the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit (HSSU) at UCLan, which he joined in 2014. His current work includes evaluations of various nature-based health and wellbeing initiatives in UK prison and a variety of collaborations on arts-based interventions with the Psychosocial Research Unit at UCLan. He has published in Health Promotion International, Global Health Promotion, Health Education, Perspectives in Public Health and International Journal of Prisoner Health.
Alan has previously researched the new social spaces created within UCLan; developed a strategic framework for maximizing the potential for collaboration between the voluntary, community and faith sector and public sector in Lancashire; evaluated engagement and practice in the UK Healthy Universities Network; evaluated a community sustainable food model in Yorkshire; and evaluated of the Greener on the Outside for Prisons programme in the North West of the UK. Alan teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules and supervises a number of PhD students. Previously Alan has worked 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 in 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.
- PhD Education, University of Manchester, 2005
- MA (Econ) Sociology, University of Manchester, 2000
- BSc Sociology, University of Salford, 1998
- Royal Society for Public Health Excellence in Research Award, 2011
- Qualitative Research
- Narrative Methods
- Health and Justice
- International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis
- Sustainable Food North West