Dr. Philippa Olive

Senior Research Fellow in Health Services Research

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB324

+44 (0) 1772 89 3641

Subject Areas: Nursing; Health and Social Care; Sociology; Mental Health

Philippa has a joint appointment with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and, in addition to her own programme of research, leads the new UCLan/LTHTR Clinical Academic Faculty. The Faculty supports the growth and development of local, home-grown research and innovation that positively impacts people’s health outcomes and experiences. The Faculty works with research partners and clinical and university based practitioners from all levels and stages of development to achieve their research and innovation goals.

Philippa’s research is associated with Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s HeRMI (Health Research Methodology and Implementation) Hub and with the Systematic Review Research Group, Implementation and Service Delivery Research Group, Qualitative Research Group, and the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Twitter: @philippaolive




Full Profile

Philippa is a health and social scientist and her research and scholarship has a number of strands and these include: gender-based violence; social determinants of health and complex public health concerns; health inequalities; applied health services research; health informatics; health technologies; systematic review, evidence synthesis and implementation science.

As a dual-registered adult and children’s nurse working in emergency departments her work to date has principally been concerned with gender-based violence and its impacts across the life-course. Specifically, Philippa has studied the conditions under which forms of gender-based violence are more likely, better measurement of the impacts of gender-based violence, and what works to limit impacts and end violence. Her research has explored the construction and classification of forms of gender-based violence during health consultations and in health information systems. Philippa has investigated data categories and collection methods for gender-based violence in national and international administrative health data systems (NHS Datasets and ICD-10) and has examined potentiality for better measures of health impacts of gender-based violence using Global Burden of Disease methodologies. Philippa has undertaken reviews of health system responses to rape and sexual violence in non-conflict, conflict and post-conflict zones. Philippa has experience of undertaking quantitative, qualitative, multiple / mixed, and desk-top method research and has expertise in methodologies for measuring the harms and impacts of gender-based violence and for estimating their economic cost.


PhD in Sociology, Thesis Title: ‘Classifications of Intimate Partner Violence in Hospital-based Emergency Department Health Systems’, Lancaster University, 2014

MSc. Professional Practice: Development & Evaluation (Distinction), Dissertation Title: ‘A pilot study of practice in the care of emergency department patients who experience domestic violence’, University of Central Lancashire, 2005

PgCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2004

BSc Hons Nursing Studies (Class 2:1), University of Central Lancashire, 2001

Diploma in Higher Education in Children’s Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, 1996

Registered General Nurse, Blackpool Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, 1985


Olive, P. (2016 In Press) First Contact: Acute stress reactions and experiences of emergency department consultations following an incident of intimate partner violence, Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid, S., Krizsán, A., Lombardo, E., May-Chahal, M., Franzway, S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal, B., and Armstrong, J. (2015) ‘Stopping Rape: Towards a comprehensive policy’, Bristol: Policy press.

Walby, S. and Olive, P. (2014) Estimating the Costs of Gender-Based Violence in the European Union. Vilnius: European Institute for Gender Equality. Read More.

Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid, S., Krizsán, A., Lombardo, E., May-Chahal, C., Frazway, S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal, B. (2013) ‘Overview of the Worldwide Best Practices for Rape Prevention and for Assisting Women Victims of Rape’, Brussels: Report for European Parliament. Read More.



Membership of professional and learned bodies

Philippa is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

RESEARCH Activities

In addition to gender-based violence and health Philippa’s current research projects focus on systematic review, evidence synthesis; implementation science, knowledge mobilisation, and research and innovation capacity and capability building in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. 

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Philippa is an academic supervisor for students undertaking a Clinical Academic Research Internship and postgraduate (MSc/MPhil/ProfDoc/PhD ) research programmes. 

External Activities

Philippa is on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Nursing and is a member of the UK Domestic Violence and Health Research Forum and the Violence and Society Research Group. Philippa is peer reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration: Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group, ‘Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings D0017’, and is a subject and method reviewer for Journal of Clinical Nursing and Journal of Advanced Nursing. 


Olive, P. ‘Diagnosis-as-emergence: explicating diagnostic (trans)formations of intimate partner violence in emergency department consultations’, British Sociology Association MedSoc Annual Conference, 9th - 11th September 2015, University of York.

Olive, P. and Walby, S. ‘Mainstreaming health impacts of gender-based violence’, EU Conference on Domestic Violence, 5th - 8th September 2015, Queens University, Belfast.

Olive, P. Invited Seminar: ‘Social science in action: thinking through knowledge (co)productions’, Researcher Development Summer School, 29th June - 5th July 2015, University of Cumbria.

Olive, P. Invited Plenary: ‘Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the EU’, CORE-Project EU Conference: An integrated and coordinated response against gender-based violence, 11th - 12th June 2015, Murcia, Spain.

Olive, P. Invited Plenary: ‘Violence against Women: The Economics’, 2nd Conference of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians: The role of parliamentarians in the elimination of violence against women and girls, Gibraltar, 6th - 8th February 2015, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Olive, P. ‘Gendered practices in the diagnosis of domestic violence in emergency department consultations’ Gender and Violence Research Day, 3rd June 2014, Lancaster University.

Olive, P. ‘Dimensions of domestic violence diagnosis in emergency department consultations’ UK Domestic Violence and Health Research Forum, 29th May 2014, University of Nottingham

Olive, P. ‘Object and Abject: sexualisation and violent signifiers of gender relations’, Is The Personal Still Political? Workshop, 7th May 2014, Lancaster University.

Olive, P. ‘What’s in and What’s out? Classifications of violence in Health’s information infrastructure’, Lancaster University, Department of Sociology Annual Summer Conference, 2nd–4th July 2012, Lancaster.

Olive, P. ‘Diagnoses, Classifications and Codes: Gender-based violence in administrative health data’, British Sociology Association Annual Conference, 11th–13th April 2012, University of Leeds, Leeds.

Olive, P. ‘‘Missingness’ and ‘Being Seen’: Paradoxes in the ‘Practices’ of Domestic Violence in Health Settings’, Lancaster University Department of Sociology Summer Conference 4th–5th July 2011, Lancaster.

Olive, P. ‘Finding Cases: the methodological challenge for partner violence research in health systems’, (Poster), Annual NIHR Trainees Meeting, Manchester and Lancaster University School of Health & Medicine Advent Research Colloquium, 1st December 2010.

Olive, P. ‘Theorising Intimate Partner Violence’, Lancaster University Department of Sociology Summer Conference, 28th-29th June 2010, Lancaster.