Jennie Popay has been Professor of Sociology and Public Health at the Institute for Health Research since January 2002. She was previously at the Nuffield Institute, University of Leeds, the University of Salford and the Institute of Education, London University.
Jennie is also the Director of Health R&D North West.
Jennie Popay was born in Salford in the North West of England. She spent 5 years teaching in East Africa and studied social sciences in New Zealand before returning to the UK in 1974 to undertake postgraduate work. She began her research career at the Unit for the Study of Health Policy at Guy's Hospital in London and has worked as a sociologist in the public health field ever since. Her research interests include social and gender inequalities in health, the sociology of knowledge, public/community engagement in health decision making and the evaluation of complex social interventions. She has used a range of methods in her work but has a particular interest in developing the role of qualitative research in public health including developing methods for the review and synthesis of qualitative research and mixed method studies. She was founding convenor of the Campbell Collaboration Process Implementation Methods Group and the Cochrane Collaboration Qualitative Methods Group. Her current research activities include:
1. Co-ordinator of the Global Social Exclusion Knowledge Network (SEKN) established by the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). The SEKN has regional hubs in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, and Colombia and is appriasing the impact on exclusionary processes of policies and actions by multi-national and donor agencies, national governments and civil society. The final report of the SEKN will be available from the website of the WHO CSDH and background papers will shortly be available for Lancaster University.The SEKN will continue to disseminate the work produced so far and plans to continue with its policy appraisals.
2. NICE NationalPublic Health Collaborating Centreon Community Engagement: this is a collaborative initaitive with the Department of Health at the University of Liverpool. The centre has undertaken an extensive review of the evidence on the impact of community engagement in initiatives aiming to address the social determinants of health to inform the work of the NICE community engagement programme group. This review is available from the NICE website and the NICE guidance will be published in spring 2008.
3. Methods for synthesising diverse evidence sources:She has undertaken a number of innovative systematic reviews of qualitative research evidence and of findings from studies involving a rnage of methods. Leading a group of senior academics fromCity University London and the Universities of York and Glasgow she has developed guidance on the conduct of Narrative Synthesis - a method used to review and synthesis findings from muliple mixed methods studies. This guidanace is available from email@example.com and it is tested by reviewers working on systematic reviews in the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
Selected Honorary & Public Appointments and Related Activities
Current: Member, NW Commission on Mental Health Services 2007-08;Commissioner BUPA Foundation Medical Charity; Member, Medical Research Panel of Experts;
Past: Deputy Chair, Commission for Patient and Public Invovlement in Health, 2003-2006; Commission for Health Improvement. 2002 - 04;National Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Panels 2000 - 03;RAE Public Health Sub-Panel 2001; Non-executive,Mancunian NHS Trust 1997 - 2000.
Pope, C. Mays, N., Popay, J., (2007) Synthesising qualitative and quantitative health evidence. A guide to methods; Open University Press
Popay, J (2006) Moving beyond effectiveness: Methodological issues in the synthesis of diverse sources of evidence: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London.
Williams. F, Popay, J Oakley, A (1999) Welfare Research: A Critical Review: UCL Press
Popay, J., Edwards, J. Hearn, G. (1998) Men, Gender Divisions and Welfare: Routledge.
Popay, J Williams G (1994) Researching the People's Health: Social Research and Health Care. Routledge
Articles in referred journals:
Arai, L; Britten, N; Popay, J; Roberts, H. Petticrew, M; Rogers, M. Sowden, A. (2007) Testing methodological developments in the conduct of narrative synthesis: a demonstration review of research on the implementation of smoke alarm interventions; Evidence & Policy; 3(3)361-83
Popay, J., Kowarzik ,U., Mallinson, S., Mackian S., Barker, J. (2007) Social problems, primary care and pathways to at the individual level. Part I: the GP perspective help and support: addressing health inequalities; J. Epidemiol. Community Health; 61;966-971
Popay, J., Kowarzik ,U., Mallinson, S., Mackian S., Barker, J. (2007) Social problems, primary care and pathways to at the individual level. Part II: lay perspectives help and support: addressing health inequalities J. Epidemiol. Community Health;61; 972-977
Noyes, J. Popay, J (2007) Directly observed therapy and tuberculosis: how can a systematic review of qualitative research contribute to improving services? A qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of Advanced Nursing 57(3), 227-243
Wann, M Nazroo, J. Popay, J. Whitehead, M. (forthcoming) Tackling inequalities in health: evaluating the New Deal for Communities initiative; Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Accepted for publication May 2007.
Mallinson, S. Popay, J. (forthcoming 2007) Describing depression: somatic metaphors in accounts of mental distress in difference ethnic groups' Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph. Accepted for publication May 2007
Mallinson, S., Popay, J. Kowarzik, U. (2006) Collaborative work in public health? reflections on the experience of public health networks.' Critical Public Health: 16(3)200; 259-265
Mallinson, S. Popay, J. Kowarzik, U. Mackian S. (2006) Developing the public health workforce: a 'communities of practice' perspective. Policy and politics, 34; (2) 265 - 285
Roen, Katrina; Arai, Lisa; Roberts, Helen, Popay, Jennie (2006) Preventing Children's Injuries: Exploring Methodological Issues in the Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence, Social Science and Medicine, 63(4)1060-1071
Popay, J. (2006) Of hedgehogs and foxes: issues in the review and utilisation of research-based evidence International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare: 4 (2), 75-76.
Popay, J. (2005) Moving beyond floccinaucinihilipilification: Enhancing the utility of systematic reviews. In Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 58 (11) 1079-1080
Gatrell, A. Popay, J. Thomas, C. (2003) Mapping the determinants of health inequalities in social space: can Bourdieu help us? Health & Place, 2004, 10, 245-58
Mallinson, S. Popay, J, Elliot, E. Bennet, S, Bostock, L, Gatrell, A. Thomas, C. Williams, G. (2003) Historical data for health inequalities: A research note. Sociology, Vol 37 (4): Pp771-780
Popay, J, Thomas, C. Williams, G. Bennett, S. Gatrell A. & Bostock, L. (2003) A proper place to live: health inequalities, agency and the normative dimensions of space, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 57, Issue 1, Pp 55-69
Popay, J Bennett, S. Thomas, C. Williams, G. Gatrell, A. Bostock, L. (2003) Beyond 'Beer, Fags Egg and Chips? Exploring Lay understandings of social inequalities in health. Sociology of Health and Illness. 25(1)1 - 23
Mackian, S., Busby, H., Elliott, H. and Popay, J. (2003) 'Everywhere and nowhere': locating and understanding the 'new' public health.' Health and Place, 9, Pp219-229
Pickin, C. Popay, J. Staley, K. Bruce, N. Jones, C. Gowman, N. (2002) Promoting Organisational Capacity to Engage with Active Lay Communities: Developing a Model to Support Organizational Change For health. Health Service Research and Policy. 7,1,34 - 46
Elliott, H. Popay, J. (2000) How are policy makers using evidence? Models of research utilisation and local NHS policymaking. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 54: 6: 461-468
Popay, J. Williams, G. Thomas, C, Gatrell, A. Theorising Inequalities in Health: The Place of Lay Knowledge. Sociology of Health & Illness III, 1998: 20.5; 619-644. .
Popay, J. Williams, G. 1998, Qualitative Research and Evidence Based Health care. Journal of Royal Society of Medicine. 1998: 91 (Suppl. 35): 32-37.
Popay, J. Rogers, A. Williams, G. Rationale and Standards for the Systematic Review of Qualitative Literature in Health Services Research. Qualitative Health Research, 1998:8,3, 341-351
Popay, J. Williams, G. Public Health Research and Lay Knowledge. Social Science and Medicine. 1996. Vol. 42; 5; 759-768.