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Dr Susan Lewis, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography

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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 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 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.

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

Department of Geography

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Lewis S. (Forthcoming). An Anthology of Manx Satirical and Self-Ironic Poetry. Douglas, Isle of Man: Manx Heritage Foundation.

Chapter in book

  • 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.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Lewis, S. (2004). Roots of / Routes to: Practice and Performance of Identity in the Isle of Man. University of St Andrews. PhD.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • 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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Selected Grants

  • 2015: Evaluation of Wellbeing Service (£81884.00 from Durham County Council)