Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

The Centre for Primary Health and Social Care aims to deliver high-quality research and education to inform and support communities in the delivery of health interventions, health policy and practice in the UK and internationally. We conduct qualitative and quantitative research in a number of areas relating to health and social care with a multidisciplinary and international approach. Our team’s areas of expertise include public health, epidemiology, health studies, medical humanities, urban health, participatory research, and policy analysis.

The Centre is committed to engaging in research that makes a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing. Working from a broad health perspective we collaborate with a range of partners in the UK and in other countries to strengthen the links between evidence, and the policy and practice contexts of healthcare delivery.

Much of the Centre’s research is focused on contemporary health and social care issues in their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, promoting quality of life and wellbeing, and challenging barriers to social exclusion. Our main focus is on non-communicable diseases and long-term conditions. Broad themes in our research portfolio include:

  • cancer
  • aging and well-being
  • dementia
  • urban migrant health
  • mental health
  • substance misuse

The Centre has an extensive experience of undertaking research, consultancy and evaluation working with health agencies, local authorities, community groups, voluntary and charity organisations. We offer advice and information as well as evaluation approaches for local authorities, statutory and non-statutory health agencies in the areas of health promotion interventions, behaviour change programmes, and community health initiatives.

We welcome applications for full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD research degrees and are happy to discuss research proposals from prospective doctoral students in the health area.

Contact us
Centre for Primary Health and Social Care
London Metropolitan University
Tower Building, Room BEU1-03
166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB
United Kingdom

Our research areas  

Natasha's research areas include:

  • Voluntary Sector Management,
  • Health Inequalities
  • Coproduction: Participatory Research

Dr Yolanda Eraso's research areas include:

  • Female Cancer
  • Women’s Health
  • Global Health
  • Medical Humanities
  • Qualitative Studies

Dr Alya Khan's research areas include:

  • Health Ethics
  • Bioethics, Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Human Rights
  • Critical Pedagogy

Dr Cath Madziva's research areas include:

  • Vulnerable Children
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Development Partnerships
  • Maternal health
  • Qualitative research

Dr Olive McKeown's research areas include: 

  • Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Substance Misuse)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness and Mental Health

Dr Livingstone Musoro's research areas include:

  • Urban Health
  • Urban Health Data Systems
  • International Migration and Healthcare Staffing
  • Urban migrant health
  • Globalisation and Health

Dr Snorri Rafnsson's research areas include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Social Gerontology
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Ethnicity & Health

Dr Diana Stirbu's research areas include:

  • Devolution
  • Strategic transformations
  • Public Engagement
  • Good Governance
  • Service design
  • Qualitative evaluation studies


Justin Webb's research areas include:

  • Behaviour change
  • Intervention development
  • Lifestyles in Cancer survivors
  • Mixed methods

Graham Whitehead's research areas include:

  • Transcultural practice
  • Employee assistance
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Enabling Environments
  • Qualitative approaches

Research areas

Our researchers and their areas of expertise include:

Dr Yolanda Eraso

  • female cancer
  • women’s health
  • medical humanities
  • qualitative studies

 Dr Olive McKeown

  • dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse)
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • mindfulness and mental health

 Dr Livingstone Musoro

  • urban health
  • urban health data systems
  • international migration and healthcare staffing
  • urban migrant health
  • globalisation and health

Dr Snorri Rafnsson

  • epidemiology
  • systematic reviews
  • social gerontology
  • non-communicable diseases
  • ethnicity and health

 Justin Webb

  • behaviour change
  • intervention development
  • lifestyles in cancer survivors, mixed methods


Prof Suman Fernando
Honorary Professor for Mental Health

Prof Eileen O'Keefe   
Emeritas Professor of Public Health

PhD students

Maja Myhre 


Events from the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Staff associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Students associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Yuba Raj Baral

International Health and Health Research Policy, PhD

"Before joining London Met as a research student, I worked as a lecturer with the Population Gender and Development Programme in Pokhara University, Nepal, and was involved with various public health-related research projects in Nepal."

Courses associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care - BSc (Hons)

Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills required for a career in health and social care. The programme is aligned to the standards specified by Skills for Health (the Skills Council for the NHS). Once you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to demonstrate to employers how your advanced skills conform to the National Occupational Standards.

Health and Social Care Management and Policy - MSc

This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy.

Public Health and Health Promotion (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

With the increasing importance placed on health promotion, public health, and the social determinants of health by society, this exciting new top-up degree is ideal if you want to extend your knowledge and make a difference to peoples' health and wellbeing.