Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Nick Emmel

Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Social Policy

I am senior lecturer in health policy and development. My interests lie in the innovative investigation of social spaces of vulnerability using participatory, longitudinal qualitative, and mixed methods. My research-led teaching critically engages with the social policy and sociology of international health and development. At present I am writing a book for Sage on sampling in qualitative research: choosing cases.

Research Interests

My on-going research includes:

ESRC Changing Lives and Times Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative Relationships and Identities through the Life Course (TIMESCAPES) Grandparenting: charting trajectories of inter-generational social exclusion and health.

Recently completed research includes:
Connected Lives, part of the Real Life Methods Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods http://www.reallifemethods.ac.uk/research/connected/

ESRC Research Methods Programme (2003-2005) Developing methodological strategies to recruit and research socially excluded groups http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/methods/publications/documents/Emmel.pdf


My research-led teaching includes health policy, development, regeneration, and the sociology of health and illness in an international context. I teach the MA module Sociology of Health and Illness. In 2002, I established the Intercalated BSc in International Health, which is now delivered at the Nuffield Institute for Health and Development.

PhD Supervision

I supervise students who have an interest in community and community empowerment, poverty, social exclusion and inequalities in health, and who wish to investigate these using qualitative, mixed methods and participatory methodologies. My current supervision includes projects on stigma and discrimination associated with tuberculosis in Asia, and development and empowerment in a low-income estate in Leeds.

Key Publications

Emmel ND and Hughes K (2010) ‘Recession, it’s all the same to us son’: the longitudinal experience (1999-2010) of deprivation. Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 21st Century Society 5(2):171-181

Emmel ND and Clark A (2009) The methods used in Connected Lives: investigating networks, neighbourhoods, and communities. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. NCRM Working Paper Series 06/09.

Emmel ND (2009) Researching the vulnerable International Journal of Social Research Methodology 12(3):271–272

Emmel ND and Hughes K (2009) Small –N access cases to refine theories of social exclusion and access to socially excluded individuals and groups in Byrne D and Ragin C (eds.) The SAGE handbook of Case-Centred Methods. Sage. London

Emmel ND, Hughes K, Greenhalgh J and Sales A (2007) Accessing socially excluded people-trust and the gatekeeper in the researcher-participant relationship. Sociological Research Online 12(2) March

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