Dr Aimee Grant
Research Associate - Qualitative
I am a qualitative researcher with a longstanding interest in health, wellbeing and social justice.
Following completion of my ESRC funded PhD (social policy), I have undertaken research for Government, the third sector (notably ASH Wales), and the NHS. Since 2013, I have been employed in research roles within Cardiff University.
I am currently most excited about:
- qualitative methodological innovation - documentary analysis, online research, participatory and visual methods
- pregnancy and motherhood
- the use of discretion by health professionals
Education and qualifications
- 2011: PhD Social Policy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
- 2007: MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
- 2006: BSc (Econ) Criminology & Social Policy (First Class Hons), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Honours and awards
Funding: principal investigator
- Grant, A and Robling, M. Understanding barriers to public breastfeeding: a socio-ecological understanding of infant feeding within public space using participatory visual and ethnographic methods to facilitate future intervention development. Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship. £93K. 2017-2019.
- Grant, A, Mannay, D. and Paranjothy, S. Contextualising deprived women’s risky health behaviours within pregnancy: a qualitative longitudinal study using visual methods to inform future intervention codevelopment. Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Health Award. £19K, 2016.
- Grant, A. and Hurt, L. An independent evaluation of The Filter youth smoking prevention and cessation service. ASH Wales, £18K 2014-2015.
- Grant, A. Understanding the portrayal of waterpipe (shisha, hookah, narghile, hubble bubble) smoking on social media. T. Maelgwyn Davies Bequest Fund, £2K, 2014.
- Grant, A. and Mannay, D. Inter-generational views and experiences of breastfeeding in deprived areas. Children and Young Persons Research Network, £1K, 2014.
- Grant, A., Drakeford, M. and Williams, G. (2006) Exploring Pathways to Work for Incapacity Benefit Claimants. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Quota award: c.£60K: PhD funding: payment of fees, stipend, internship with Scottish Government and research expenses. 2006-2010.
- Bliesemann de Guevara, B, et al. (2015-16) Borrowed Truths: Exploring transfers of expertise and evidence across science, justice and politics. Welsh Crucible Small Grants Scheme, £7K, 2015-16.
- Paranjothy, S. et al. (2014-16). A novel peer-support intervention using Motivational Interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study. NIHR Health Technology Assessment. £293K. 2014-2016.
- White, J. et al. (2013-16). Adapting and piloting the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to Frank drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools (ASSIST Frank): an exploratory trial. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. £412K. 2014-2016.
- Mannay, D. and Grant, A. (2015). Young Parents and the Media: Exploring Visual Representations and their Everyday Impacts. Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP). £2K 2015.
- Mannay, D. and Grant, A. Negotiating Young Parenthood: A study exploring the ways in which mediated stereotypes of teenage parents impact on their perceptions of their parenting practices; and their engagement with service providers. WISERD/ Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seed funding £3K, 2014.
- Morgan-Jones, C. et al. (On behalf of ASH Wales) (2012) A young people’s smoking cessation service for Wales. Big Lottery People and Places, £865K 2012-2015. [NB: service delivery not research]
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of the Social Policy Association
- Member of the British Sociological Association
- 2016-present: Research Associate, South East Wales Trials Unit, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
- 2013-2016: Research Fellow, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
- 2015: Hourly Paid Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
- 2012-2013: Senior Health Promotion Practitioner, Policy, Research and Development Division, Public Health Wales NHS Trust
- 2013: University Teacher, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University
- 2013: Honorary Tutor, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
- 2011-2012: Research and Policy Officer, ASH Wales
- 2011: Research Assistant, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
- 2011: Research Assistant, Policy and Enterprise in Creative Industries, University of Glamorgan
- 2008-2011: Graduate Tutorial Assistant and Hourly Paid Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
- 2008: Tutor, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University
Selected recent presentations
- Grant, A., Pell, B., Williams, D., Phillips, R. on behalf of the STAR Family Study team. (forthcoming) It’s not about the timeline: the use of creative and visual methods to increase participant control during interviews about arthritis and family planning. Qualitative Health Research, Québec City, Canada, October 2017
- Grant, A., Morgan, M., Mannay, D., Gallagher, D. (forthcoming) Collaborative techniques to engender talk about pregnancy, health and wellbeing: dyad sandboxing with mothers in Wales, UK. Qualitative Health Research, Québec City, Canada, October 2017
- Grant, A., Morgan, M., Gallagher, D., Mannay, D (forthcoming). "“You do know that’s my child in there!”: A socio-ecological exploration of smoking in pregnancy." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, August 18th-21st.
- Grant, A, Williams, D, Pell, B, Stanton, H, Phillips, R. on behalf of the STAR Family study team (2017) The impact of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (such as arthritis and lupus) on transitions to motherhood and maternal self-identity: The STAR family study. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 4-6th April 2017.
- Grant, A., Mannay, D. Morgan, M. (2017). Qualitative interviews as a collaborative space: lessons from visual research methods to encourage a more participatory approach. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 4-6th April 2017.
- Grant, A., Mannay, D. Morgan, M. (2017). Reducing researcher dominance in qualitative interviewing the intersection of the novel and the mundane. Third Annual South West Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath 1st February 2017.
- Grant, A. (2016). The use of documents in ethnography: understanding a patient’s journey through multiple sources. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Aston University, 7-9th September 2016.
- Grant, A., Jacob, N., Moriarty, Y., Lloyd, A. Allen, D. (2016). Access relations in ethnographic research in paediatric hospitals: reflections on constraints, ethical issues and identity work. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Aston University, 7-9th September 2016.
- Grant, A., Morgan, M., Gallagher, D., Mannay, D. (2016). Understanding barriers and facilitators to healthy pregnancies among women living in poverty using timeline assisted life history interviews and visual methods. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Aston University, 7-9th September 2016.
- Grant, A. and O’Mahoney, H. (2016). Big data and qualitative analysis: an exploration of practicalities, ethics and representations of self in Tweets (Twitter microblogs). British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Aston University, 6th – 8th April 2016.
- Grant, A. and Mannay, D. (2016). Surveillance and stigma during pregnancy and early motherhood: the changing experiences of mothers and grandmothers. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Aston University, 6th – 8th April 2016.
- Grant, A. (2015). Online Participant Absent Research: quality, emotions and ethics. Quality in Qualitative Research, University of Bath, 27th January 2015.
Committees and reviewing
- 2016-present: Member of the Centre for Trials Research Equality and Diversity committee
- 2017-present: Deputy Chair of the Centre for Trials Research Athena SWAN committee
- Co-founder and chair: Documents Research Network (www.documentsresearch.net)
I am currently in a role which is 100% research, but I have previously taught extensively on a range of subjects related to research methodology, social policy and health and wellbeing. I have been module convenor on two courses:
- Approaches to Criminological Research, 20 credit masters module, University of South Wales (2015-2016)
- Pathways to Social Sciences (social policy), 20 credit level 1 module, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University (2013)
I also developed a 10 credit module in early years public health as part of first year medical student's literature review project.
I have also recently contributed towards teaching on the Masters in Public Health and the medical undergraduate. I have supervised masters and undergraduate dissertations to completion.
I am interested in supervising PhDs focsing on health and wellbeing, particularly those using documents (including online content and participant created materials) as data, and/or participatory, visual and creative methods. My empirical areas of interest are pregnancy and motherhood, health behaviours (including smoking) and social class.
I am a qualitative researcher with interests in health and wellbeing, particularly around pregnancy and the early years. I am involved in a broad range of projects.
In October 2017, I will begin an 18 month ISSF Wellcome Trust fellowship, examining barriers and facilitators to public breastfeeding, in order to facilitate intervention co-development.
Prior to this, I was the co-lead of a work stream between the Early Years research team and the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Dawn Mannay and I have completed four research projects, funded by ESRC/WISERD, CYPRN and the ISSF Wellcome Trust fund. In these projects, a range of participatory and visual methods were used to understand the context of parenthood and its impact on health risk behaviours which impact on infants and children. I am finalising papers from these projects for publication.
I have been part of the study management group on a number of studies examining the feasibility and acceptability of complex interventions to improve health. This includes a maternal smoking cessation project with Public Health Wales, Models for Access to Maternal Smoking cessation Support (MAMSS), a Breastfeeding Peer Support for Breastfeeding Maintenance study (Mam-Kind) funded by the NIHR, an NIHR funded feasibility study of a youth drug prevention programme, ASSIST+Frank, led by DECIPHer and the STAR Family study, examining reproductive decision making and experiences among women with rheumatic diseases.
I am also working as a qualitative researcher on the PUMA project. In this project I use an ethnographic approach to understand the way in which deterioration among patients is detected and escalated by staff on paediatric wards.
My previous research has been focused on: long-term work absence due to ill health; tobacco control (including waterpipe smoking), smoking cessation and prevention; and infant feeding. I led the evaluation of ASH Wales’ youth smoking prevention project, The Filter. Methodologically, I focus on qualitative approaches with a specific interest in ethnography, documentary analysis, online research and participatory approaches to interview studies.