Dr Nick de Viggiani

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Nick de Viggiani is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He graduated in Geography from Sheffield University in 1987, then trained as a Registered General Nurse in London, subsequently completing his MSc in Health Promotion at Manchester University in 1991. A developing interest in health and social inequality led him into a career in health promotion, working in the North-West of England as an HIV Health Promotion Specialist. In 1993, he was appointed to his first academic post as a Lecturer in Health Promotion at Liverpool John Moores University, then in 1999 moving to a Senior Lecturer post in Public Health at UWE Bristol. In 2003, he completed his PhD with the University of Bristol, having completed an ethnography involving men in prison, exploring prison masculinities as determinants of health. This led on to various funded research projects involving people in the adult and youth justice systems, including a Big Lottery funded three-year study involving young offenders, undertaken in partnership with a music charity. His research in the criminal justice health sector has involved developing relations with regional and national stakeholders across public, private and third sector agencies, and with colleagues across universities. He is particularly interested in working with hard-to-reach groups, sometimes described as ‘challenging’ or ‘vulnerable’, including male and female young offenders, older prisoners, sex offenders and foreign national prisoners, across different provider organisations. A key focus of his work has been to explore, explain and tackle health and social inequality. His publications include a range of peer reviewed outputs spanning prison public health, prison masculinities and the impact of economic austerity on prison health. He is a strong advocate for prisoner rights and for evolving just, humane and purposeful justice systems.

Area of expertise

Criminal Justice Health (prisons, police, youth justice); CJ health improvement/needs/public health/healthy prisons. Qualitative Research. Men's health, masculinities, gender and power relations.


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