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:
- aging and well-being
- 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.
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
- 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:
- Systematic Reviews
- Social Gerontology
- Non-Communicable Diseases
- Ethnicity & Health
Dr Diana Stirbu's research areas include:
- 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
Public health lecturer launches latest book at 45th International Book Fair
Hormonal Bodies, which was co-edited by Dr Yolanda Eraso, explores themes including hormonal therapies for breast cancer and hormonal therapies during puberty.
Developing the Move More programme
Justin Webb, course leader for Public Health MSc, presented his information pack encouraging cancer survivors to Move More at leading Patients’ forum.
Lost trades of Islington Exhibition
An exhibition remembering the forgotten trades of Islington's past takes place this week at London Metropolitan University.
London Met takes part in ‘Lost Trades of Islington’ project with Age UK
Recording the memories of those who worked in industries no longer existing in Islington.
Taking part in Moving Medicine
Justin Webb, senior lecturer in Health and Social Care, is taking part in a series of national discussions to improve and develop cancer interventions and resources.
Expert commentary: cancer and obesity
Justin Webb, senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, comments on the recent news that obesity can be linked to the cause of cancer.
Encouraging cancer survivors to Move More
Justin Webb, senior lecturer in Health and Social Care BSc, is trialling his toolkit aimed at helping cancer survivors Move More.
Engaging with students using relevant and interesting research
London Metropolitan University is committed to improving student’s employability after graduation.
Science, Technology and Medicine
Dr Yolanda Eraso co-organised a global conference to explore the importance of interdisciplinarity in the study of cancer.
Austerity and Older People
Dr Snorri Rafnsson was invited to speak on a panel about government cuts and the impact it will have on older people.
Meet the Youth Studies student out to make a difference
“Before joining London Met, I didn’t realise you could be paid to do something you love,” says Youth Studies student, Hassan Saeed.
London Met academic presents leading dementia research
A London Metropolitan University dementia expert has presented new research to help explain the cause of dementia.
Public Health students win big at awards for academic excellence
"They are an inspiration"
London Met graduates of the Public Health and Health Promotion BSc win first and fourth place at the annual awards ceremony.
Health and Social Care lecturer delivers public lecture at top-ranked South African University
London Met lecturer Dr. Rochelle Burgess
Women's empowerment in public health discussed in South African university by London Met lecturer Dr. Rochelle Burgess
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 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 - MSc
The Public Health MSc focuses on wider determinants of health and wellbeing, and is ideal for anyone interested in working to improve population health and health promotion.
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.