School of Community Health and Midwifery
Brook Building, BB328
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Subject Areas: Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and Policing, Education, Public Health
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.
Alan is researcher working in the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit (HSSU) at UCLan, which he joined in 2014. His current work includes an evaluation of the new social spaces created within UCLan and a variety of collaborations with the Psychosocial Research Unit at UCLan. Previous work for the HSSU includes: developing a strategic framework for maximizing the potential for collaboration between the voluntary, community and faith sector and public sector in Lancashire; an evaluation of engagement and practice in the UK Healthy Universities Network; an evaluation of a community sustainable food model in Yorkshire; an evaluation of the Greener on the Outside for Prisons programme in the North West of the UK; a healthy settings strategic review of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. He teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules and is on the supervision team of three 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.
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 three PhD students. 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.
Farrier, A., Baybutt, M. and Dooris, M. (2019) Mental health and wellbeing benefits from a prisons horticultural programme, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 15(1): 91-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-11-2017-0055.
Baybutt, M, Dooris, M. and Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in UK Prison Settings. Health Promotion International. day037, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day037 Published:29 May 2018.
Dooris, M., Farrier, A. and Froggett, L. (2018) Wellbeing: The Challenge of ‘Operationalising’ an Holistic Concept within a Reductionist Public Health Programme. Perspectives in Public Health, 138(2):93-99. doi: 10.1177/1757913917711204.
Dooris, M., Farrier, A., Doherty, S., Holt, M., Monk, R. and Powell, S. (2018) The UK Healthy Universities Self Review Tool: Whole System Impact. Health Promotion International, 33(3):448-457. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw099.
Farrier, A., Dooris, M. and Froggett, L. (2017) Five Ways to Wellbeing: holistic narratives of public health programme participants. Global Health Promotion. Nov 1:1757975917732352. doi: 10.1177/1757975917732352.
Alan's research background involves working on a variety of research and evaluation health and wellbeing projects, programmes and organisations. He is interested in a whole system approach, but has a particular focus on initiatives involving 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.
Lectures on the following courses:
Second supervisor to three PhD students
Oral presentations at the following conferences: