Dr Paula Holland

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My research focusses on the production of social inequalities in health, primarily through the relationship betweeen work and health. Areas of interest and expertise include: social inequalities in the employment and financial consequences of disabilities and long-term conditions (LTC); experiences of working with a disability/LTC; interventions to support work retention and return to work; and the relationship between unemployment and health.

I am a member of the Arthritis Research UK/MRC National Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work which aims to find cost-effective ways to reduce work disability among individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. I co-chair Lancaster University's Work and Health Forum, an interdisciplinary group of academic and external colleagues in the public, private and third sector who are interested in work, health and wellbeing.

Current and previous research includes: a randomised controlled trial of job retention vocational rehabilitation for employed people with inflammatory arthritis (the WORKWELL trial); qualitative research on experiences of working after onset of rheumatoid arthritis, and the role of workplace adjustments and organisational policies in facilitating work retention; a meta-ethnographic review of the experiences of working after onset of a musculoskeletal disorder; clients' experiences of participating in the UK Work Programme and their perceptions of how it influenced their wellbeing; the analysis of Swedish register data to investigate social inequalities in employment and income among people with musculoskeletal disorders, ischaemic heart disease and mental illness; and analysis of international datasets to explore gender and social inequalities in labour market participation among disabled and chronically ill people across OECD countries.