Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Ana Manzano

Lecturer in Health & Social Policy

Having worked in acute healthcare settings for a decade, I became interested in the relationship between research methods, evidence and policy making in health and social policy.

I am now a social research methodologist with an expertise in applied health research. My specialist area is the evaluation of complex applied healthcare interventions using mixed-methods and the realist evaluation approach (Pawson & Tilley, 1997).

Research Interests

My research work has involved applying a range of social research methods to evaluate applied healthcare interventions.  I collaborate with health professionals, other social scientists and health service researchers to develop evaluations of complex interventions using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.

Some of my current research interests are:

  • Evaluation theory and methodology (realist evaluation and realist synthesis).
  • Evaluation of complex systems, specifically health and social programmes in acute and primary care.
  • Decision-making in healthcare
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Deceased organ donation and organ trafficking
  • Health crime
  • Sociology of health & illness
  • Welfare

Current and recent research

CRIMSON: Considering Risk and benefits In Multiple Sclerosis treatment selectiON- MS Society, 2016-2018. Principal Investigator.

RAMESES II: Realising the potential of realist research for improving the delivery of health services. NIHR- HS&DR- Follow-on-Study, 2015-2017. Co-investigator.

Realist evaluation of community health worker schemes in Nigeria. Medical Research Council, 2015-2020. Co-investigator.

Learning disabilities user led quality measures/matrix. NHS England, 2014-2016. Co-investigator.

Crisis and enhanced liaison service: Evaluation support for the implementation of the RAID (Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge) model for mental health emergency admissions in Harrogate- with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust- Care- Connect Knowledge Exchange Scheme, 2014. Principal Investigator.

Presumed consent or informed consent? A comparative study of organ donation systems in Spain and the UK- World Universities Network, International Partnership Fund, 2011-2012- Principal Investigator.

Organ donation international public engagement- Higher Education Innovation Fund, 2012- Principal Investigator.


My research-led teaching includes health and social policy, the sociology of health and illness and social research methods.

I am the module leader for Sociology of Health & Illness (Level 2), I also co-lead the MA module Evaluation Research.

I guest lecture on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the following topics: Health Crime; Organ Trafficking; Class and Health; Death, Dying and Donation; Mixed Methods Research Design, Health in the City.

I am the Industry Year Academic Coordinator for the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

PhD Supervision

I interested in supervising PhDs  using realist evaluation methodology in applied healthcare or social policy; and also PhDs in the following substantive areas: organ donation for transplantation; organ trafficking; health crime; transnational healthcare; multiple sclerosis. 

I currently supervise theses on health inequalities and disabilities, and non-binary gender identity negotiation and medical practice.

Key Publications

Journal articles

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