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.

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Contact us
Dr Yolanda Eraso 
Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care
Course Leader Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons)
E: y.eraso@londonmet.ac.uk

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 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

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