Dr Alex Kaley

Lecturer in Health Inequalities


I am lecturer in Health Inequalities in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University. My research utilises qualitative approaches to investigate the social determinants of health inequalities, and identify ways to address them. In exploring these issues, I have developed expertise in the use of creative and participatory methodologies to elicit the views and experiences of people who may be considered marginalised or whose narratives often go unheard. I have been involved in funded projects on learning disability, young people’s mental health and place-based health inequalities and have published my research in leading international journals in the fields of disability studies, public health and qualitative health research.

Current research:

  • NIHR School of Public Health Research, A focused review of the mechanisms by which school-based interventions may widen or reduce inequalities in children and young people’s mental health
  • NIHR RDS / DHR Career development award: Valuing people now? The impact of personalisation on the lives of adults with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • GCRF Networking Grant, Addressing poor mental health and well-being for LGBT young people in education settings in Argentina and regional Latin American neighbours
  • ESRC, Reclaiming social care: Adults with learning disabilities seizing opportunities in the shift from day services to community lives (Post-doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Centre for Health Inequalities Research