Dr Noreen Hopewell- Kelly

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About me

I am a Research Fellow and a member of the Public Involvement Team based in the Department of Health and Social Sciences at UWE. The teams aim is to promote public involvement in the design and conduct of health research because we believe that good involvement improves the 'real world' relevance of research; ensuring that it addresses the needs of the public, patients and carers. The team has eight members who have experience of working with a wide range of public contributors in a variety of research settings and methodologies. The team is a core part of People in Health West of England (PHWE), an innovative UWE-led collaboration which supports the delivery of public involvement across the West of England. For more information on PHWE and our partners visit www.phwe.org.uk

I currently work with the Patient and Public involvement team at UWE, managing PPI projects across the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the Health Protection Research Unit evaluation of interventions (HPRU).

 I completed my PhD and MSc at the University of Bristol, in the Department of Sociology.  My PhD was a qualitative study in which I explored narratives of depression, drawing upon the theories of Bourdieu and Judith Butler to analyse my data. 

Prior to joining UWE in 2015 I worked with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff University, where I worked on qualitative studies within a clinical trials exploring the impact of trial participation upon palliative patients.  I also managed research studies that examined the impact of PPI within a clinical trials unit and the ethics of using social media as a research tool.

My research interests are primarily around public involvement and coproduction in difficult contexts.  I am also particularly interested in exploring the boundaries between qualitative research and PPI.


Area of expertise

 Qualitative research methods and  public involvement.


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