Dr Nick de Viggiani

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  • Qualifications:PhD; MSc; BA(Hons); RGN
  • Position:Professional Community Lead - School of Health and Social Wellbeing
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 88547
  • Email:Nick.DeViggiani@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I lead one of the four Professional Communities in the School of Health and Social Wellbeing at UWE Bristol. I have also been a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at UWE for more than twenty years. I led the MSc Public Health programme at UWE Bristol for several years and am an experienced postgraduate research supervisor and examiner for master's and doctoral students. I am also an experienced external reviewer and rapporteur for the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation, the international accrediting body for postgraduate Public Health education. I have authored over seventy peer-reviewed publications within many high impact journals; these have included the British Medical Journal, Sociology of Health and Illness, Journal of Public Health, Critical Public Health, BMC Public Health, Public Health, Global Health Promotion, Health Promotion International, Eurohealth, the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Prison Service Journal, International Journal of Prisoner Health, Criminal Justice Studies, British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science and Men and Masculinities. I am co-editor of Research Methods for Public Health (Sage, 2019) and have published chapters in the Handbook of Salutogenesis (Springer, 2021) and New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities (Palgrave 2018).

Area of expertise

I have led funded research projects in the interdisciplinary field of Criminal Justice Public Health for more than twenty years, with a research career focusing in three key areas:

My PhD research employed ethnography to explore prison masculinities as social determinants of health. I continue to publish on masculinity as performance, embodiment and ideology within criminal justice populations. A key theme within this work is the notion of "toxic" or "unhealthy" masculinities that manifest socially, culturally and institutionally predisposing young males to offending and risk taking behaviours.

My research and writing have contributed to the emerging discourse on public health within criminal justice settings, especially prisons, with particular focus on the health impact of imprisonment and reorientation of prison institutional and social environments to protect and improve health. I have a keen interest in research on the social harms of criminal justice systems, and the links between criminality, inequality and adverse childhood experiences.

A third research theme has investigated the value and impact of participatory arts on health, identity and offending behaviour within criminal justice settings, particularly the potential of music making as a catalyst for health improvement, empowerment and behaviour change. This research has spanned adult and youth justice contexts, involving third sector organisations across custody and community settings.


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