Helen is Professor of Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Northampton. Helen joined the University in 2014 from the Open University. Her research interests are in the social and environmental factors which support individual and community wellbeing. She has a longstanding interest in the children’s wellbeing, health and social inequalities and in working with communities to understand their experiences and to inform policy and practice. Helen’s theoretical and methodological expertise is in critical visual and discursive methods and inclusive and participatory methods (film-making; video safaris; neighbourhood walks; drawing, map-making and photography). This includes working with film-makers, artists and others as a method of co-production and engagement. Recent grants include an ESRC Seminar Series: Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research and an AHRC Research Development grant exploring neighbourhood wellbeing. Current grants include an ESRC Training Award for advancing visual methods in Social Sciences with Professor Gillian Rose (PI) and Dr Nick Mahony.
Helen is Co-convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Visual sociology study group, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College; the National Childbirth Trust’s Research Advisory Group on the Editorial board for Sociological Research On-line.
Helen teaches on the Doctorate of Professional Practice and the Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Northampton, leading modules on qualitative methods and research leadership. She is currently supervising PhD students in social work, dementia and learning disabilities and welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students.