Dr Susan Lewis, PhD
Sue Lewis is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Geography. After an undergraduate degree in the History (and Anthropology) of Art and Architecture at the University of East Anglia, she completed a Masters (University of Kent) and PhD (University of St Andrews) in Social Anthropology. Her doctoral thesis focused on the practice and performance of cultural identity in the Isle of Man. A post-doctoral position helping to evaluate a Big Lottery-funded health initiative in Scotland - more than two years spent "embedded" with the delivery team - shifted focus to the social anthropology of health. She has since worked on a range of projects with public health organisations and in communities across the North East of England. Examples include: a collaborative project with the first office for tobacco control in the UK, understanding young people's risky health behaviours, and co-producing solutions to "altered eating" with survivors of head and neck cancer.
Since 2014, she has been working with colleagues from several UK universities on an important national (and internationally relevant) NIHR School for Public Health Research project to understand the impact of community control on health and wellbeing (see http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/health-inequalities/home). The study, now based at Newcastle University (where Sue also works) and which has been collaborating with 15 Big Local communities across England, is to continue for a further three years from spring 2018.
In the Department of Geography at Durham University, Sue has been working with colleagues from Durham and Loughborough University on an ESRC-funded project on the urban politics of social innovation (see http://community.dur.ac.uk/pursi/). Her contributions to date have included working with a citizen journalism group who have produced an "alternative tabloid", and with an urban arts project to conduct a survey of member artists.
Before entering Higher Education as a mature student, Sue worked in the IT industry as a software support consultant and trainer, specialising in accounting software. In her spare time, she tries to find the novel that is supposed to be somewhere inside her... and sings a bit.
Department of Anthropology
Department of Geography
- Communities in Control Study (Phase 1), SPHR, £191,280 (01/2014 - 12/2015)
- School for Public Health Research, £180,000
- Lewis S. (Forthcoming). An Anthology of Manx Satirical and Self-Ironic Poetry. Douglas, Isle of Man: Manx Heritage Foundation.
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- Lewis, S. (2012). Thalloo my Vea: Narrating the landscapes of life in the Isle of Man. In Landscapes Beyond Land: Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives (EASA Series). Arnason, A., Ellison, N., Vergunst, J. & Whitehouse, A. Oxford.: Berghahn. 19.
- Lewis, S. (2012). Very British Tradition? Irony, Irreverence, and Identity in Manx Political Satire. In Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective. Matthews, J. & Travers, D. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Lewis S. (2011). The Manx. In Ethnic Groups of Europe. Cole J. Santa Barbara CA: ABC-Clio. 349.
- Lewis, S. (2006). Manx literature in English: 20th-century satirical poetry. In Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Koch, J. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO. 4.: 1256.
- Lewis, S. (2006). Webs of Significance: Perceiving an Island through a Network of Images and Text. In Managing Island Life: Social, Economic and Political Dimensions of Formality and Informality in 'Island' Communities. Skinner, J. & Hills, M. Abertay, Dundee.: University of Abertay Press. 61-75.
- Lewis, S. (2002). National Day: Achieving Collective Identity in the Isle of Man. In British Subjects: An Anthropology of the British Isles. Rapport, N. Oxford.: Berg. 49-66.
- Lewis, S. (2004). Roots of / Routes to: Practice and Performance of Identity in the Isle of Man. University of St Andrews. PhD.
- Townsend, A., Abraham, C., Barnes, A., Collins, M., Halliday, E., Lewis, S., Orton, L., Ponsford, R., Salway, S., Whitehead, M. & Popay, J. (2020). “I realised it weren’t about spending the money. It’s about doing something together:” The role of money in a community empowerment initiative and the implications for health and wellbeing. Social Science & Medicine 260: 113176.
- Visram, Shelina, Walton, Nick, Akhter, Nasima, Lewis, Sue & Lister, Graham (2020). Assessing the value for money of an integrated health and wellbeing service in the UK. Social Science & Medicine 245: 112661.
- Reynolds, Joanna & Lewis, Sue (2019). Ethnography and evaluation: temporalities of complex systems and methodological complexity. Anthropology & Medicine 26(1): 1-17.
- Burges Watson, D.L., Lewis, S., Campbell, M., Bryant, V., Storey, S.T. & Deary, V. (2019). Food play: A novel research methodology for visceral geographers and health researchers. Health & Place 57: 139-146.
- McGowan, V., Wistow, J. , Lewis, S., Popay, J. & Bambra, C. (2019). Pathways to mental health improvement in a community-led area-based empowerment initiative: Evidence from the Big Local ‘Communities in Control’ study, England. Journal of Public Health 41(4): 850-857.
- Lewis, Susan, Bambra, Clare, Barnes, Amy, Collins, Michelle, Egan, Matt, Halliday, Emma, Orton, Lois, Ponsford, Ruth, Powell, Katie, Salway, Sarah, Townsend, Anne, Whitehead, Margaret & Popay, Jennie (2019). Reframing “participation” and “inclusion” in public health policy and practice to address health inequalities: Evidence from a major resident-led neighbourhood improvement initiative. Health & Social Care in the Community 27(1): 199-206.
- Burges Watson, D. L., Lewis, S., Bryant, V., Patterson, J., Kelly, C., Edwards-Stuart, R., Murtagh, M. J. & Deary, V. (2018). Altered eating: a definition and framework for assessment and intervention. BMC Nutrition 4: 14.
- Orton, Lois, Halliday, Emma, Collins, Michelle, Egan, Matt, Lewis, Sue, Ponsford, Ruth, Powell, Katie, Salway, Sarah, Townsend, Anne, Whitehead, Margaret & Popay, Jennie (2017). Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England. Critical Public Health 27(4): 477-489.
- Lewis, S. & Russell, A. (2014). Protecting Children and Young People from Tobacco-Related Harm: A Review. Children & Society 28(2): 140-151.
- Carro-Ripalda, S., Russell, A.J., Lewis, S. & Heckler, S. (2013). The making and changing of smoking persons in public health policy and practice: Ethnography of a world-first illicit tobacco program. Contemporary Drug Problems 40(1): 21-46.
- Lewis, S. & Russell, A. (2013). Young smokers' narratives public health, disadvantage and structural violence. Sociology of health and illness 35(5): 746-760.
- Lewis, S. & Russell, A. (2011). Being Embedded: A way forward for ethnographic research. Ethnography 12(3): 398-416.
- Lewis S & McMahon S. (2011). Working with Others: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Scottish Affairs (75): 62-82.
- Russell, A., Heckler, S., White, M., Sengupta, S., Chappel, D., Hunter, D.J., Mason, J., Milne, E. & Lewis, S. (2009). The evolution of a UK regional tobacco control office in its early years: social contexts and policy dynamics. Health Promotion International 24(3): 262-268.
- Lewis, S (2007). Recipes for Reconnection: Older Women's Perspectives on the Mediating Role of Food in Contemporary Urban Society. Journal of the Slovenian Anthropological Society
- Lewis, S (2007). The Story of Mann and All That: or How Heritage became History Again. Celtic Cultural Studies (5).
- McMahon, S. & Lewis, S. (2006). Dundee Healthy Living Initiative: Project Involvement with NHS Tayside's Health Inequalities Consultation. Journal of Community Work and Development Special Ed..
- Neville, R., Greene, A. C. & Lewis, S. (2006). Patient and Health Care Professional Views and Experiences of Computer Agent Supported Health Care. Informatics in Primary Care 14: 11-15.
- Lewis S. & Holland L. (2007). Local Alliance Toolkit.
- Lewis, S., Charnock Greene, A. & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2006). Dundee Healthy Living Initiative: Research Report.
- Lewis S., Pender A. & Sword E. (2004). Three R’s for the DHLI: Research, Response and Reflection and Their Importance in Joined-Up Working.
- McNeill, A., Bains, M., Bauld, L., Britton, J., Carro-Ripalda, S., Eadle, D., Heckler, S., Hornsby, R., Iringe-Koko, B., Lewis, S., McEwan, A. & Russell, A. (2012). Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health: Final Evaluation Report. UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies.
- Lewis, S., Russell, A., Matthijsse, M. & Masson, K. (2011). "Revealing alcohol narratives": a qualitative study of young people's relationships with alcohol in County Durham and Darlington.
- Burges-Watson, D. L., Lewis, S. & Buckley, J. (2011). John's cheese sandwich: taking on PPI, with relish.
- McNeill, A., Bauld, L., Britton, J., Carro-Ripalda, S., Eadle, D., Heckler, S., Hornsby, R., Iringe-Koko, B., Lewis, S., McEwen, A. & Russell, A. (2010). North of England Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health, Interim Evaluation Report. UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies.
- Lewis, S. & Holland, L. (2007). Local Alliance Toolkit. Fresh Smoke North East.
- Lewis, S., Charnock Greene, A. & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2006). Dundee Healthy Living Initiative: Research report.
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- 2015: Evaluation of Wellbeing Service (£81884.00 from Durham County Council)