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Research Profile

Dr Sarah Morgan-Trimmer 

Career Profile

I am currently involved in developing qualitative research for mixed-methods studies and evaluations of complex interventions in public health, as a member of the Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN). I also do a small amount of teaching on qualitative methods and on health improvement. I have a particular interest in health inequalities and have a background in social exclusion research. My PhD explored the impact of resident participation on public service improvement in a regeneration area, before which I worked as a consultant researcher evaluating child poverty programmes and employment services. Prior to this I worked as a researcher for a substance abuse agency in New York, conducting qualitative and quantitative evaluations of treatment programmes for low income groups. I have also worked for several voluntary organisations, including an education charity in the South Bronx.

Memberships / External Activities

  • Member of the Royal Anthropological Institute


  • Brokers and Ties in Governance Networks, Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Lincoln University 2010
  • Participation Outcomes,  CINEFOGO Workshop, Charles University (Prague) 2009
  • Governance Theory for Regeneration Partnerships, Thinking Critically about Governance: Explorations of Power and Practice Workshop, University of Bath 2009
  • Participation Outcomes in Governance Networks: The Role of Network Ties, CINEFOGO New Forms of Governance and Civil Society Workshop, University of Trento (Italy) 2008

Teaching Profile

  • Masters in Public Health, Health Improvement. Lectures on ‘Community Participation and Empowerment Approaches to Public Health’ and ‘Social Policy Analysis and Public Health’.
  • Masters in Social Science Research Methods, Qualitative Methods. Seminars on the theoretical basis of qualitative research, research ethics and reflexivity in qualitative research.
  • Development of a DECIPHer short course on literature search skills for public health researchers, in conjunction with the Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE).