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Dr Joanne Blake

Research Associate

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
blakej@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87256
Campuses
Room 12.08, 12th floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

Overview

I am a qualitative research associate based in Cardiff University's School of Healthcare Sciences, with a particular interest in the utlisation of ethnographic methods to better understand heatlhcare services and organisation. At present I am working on the Freedom to Speak up Local Guardian's project, and I previously worked on the EDARA study (Evaluating the Diversion of Alcohol Related Attendances).

My research interests are broad, and include: medical sociology, healthcare organisation and service improvement, the role of the third sector in health service delivery, values and ethics and how these inform practice, and staff and patient wellbeing.

Prior to my role here, I completed an ESRC funded PhD in Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences, where I utlised ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between values and practices on a third sector mental health garden project. I also contributed to a number of projects within the Social Sciences department as a research assistant, and spent some time working for the Welsh Government as a research intern.

Biography

Education and Qualifications 

  • PhD (Social Sciences), Cardiff University (2016)
  • Msc, Distinction (Social Science Research Methods), Cardiff Univerisity (2011)
  • BscEcon, First Class Honours (Sociology and Social Policy), Cardiff University (2008)

Career Overview

  • 2016-Present - Research Associate - Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences
  • 2011 -2016 - PhD student - Cardiff School of Social Sciences
  • 2011 - 2015 - Graduate Teaching Assitant - Cardiff School of Social Sciences
  • 2014 - Social Researcher - Welsh Government
  • 2009 - 2015 - Research Assistant - Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association

Academic positions

  • 2016-Present - Research Associate - Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences
  • 2011 -2016 - PhD student - Cardiff School of Social Sciences
  • 2011 - 2015 - Graduate Teaching Assitant - Cardiff School of Social Sciences
  • 2009 - 2015 - Research Assistant - Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Speaking engagements

  • Professionalism and the Third Sector - paper presented at the International Society for Third Sector Research: Democratisation, Marketisation, and the Third Sector, Siena, Itally, July 10-13 2012

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal Reviewer for Sociology of Health and Illness.

Publications

I am currently working on the ‘Freedom to Speak Up Local Guardians’ project. This project seeks to evaluate the implementation and normalisation of Local Guardians in NHS England within Acute and Mental Health Trusts.

Areas of expertise