Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde

As part of the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI) at the University of Strathclyde, the cross-faculty Centre for Health Policy (CHP) is developing as an internationally significant Centre for research, learning and knowledge exchange.  Established in April 2014, the Centre provides a focus for health research and expertise across Strathclyde’s four faculties, and connects them to major regional, national and global public partners.  Through facilitating inter-disciplinary research, the Centre’s goal is to make a distinct contribution to policy locally, nationally and internationally.


Neil Quinn, Co-Director of the Centre for Health Policy. Neil has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has expertise in social work, health and human rights. His human rights work focuses on migration, mental health, homelessness and looked after children. Neil has 25 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health at a local, national and international level. He has led a major community development and health programme in one of Europe’s areas of highest deprivation, chaired the national Sanctuary programme working with asylum seekers and refugees and is on the steering group of People’s Health Movement Scotland. He is also a co-founder of the Declaration health and human rights arts festival.

Lee Knifton, Co-Director of the Centre for Health Policy.  Lee combines his academic role with practice as the Head of The Mental Health Foundation Scotland, which is the leading national research and policy organisation for mental health and wellbeing. This builds upon previous policy and practice experience in the NHS and third sector in mental health, addictions, justice and health inequalities at national and international levels.  Lee’s work has a particular focus upon stigma, discrimination, rights and citizenship, including the advancement of community based participatory research. Lee is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Public Mental Health, Co-Editor of the book “Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives”, and Direct the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, reaching 100,000 citizens.


Emma Miller, Ph.D., has a social work background and has worked between research, policy and practice on the theme of personal outcomes in practice for the past ten years, with demonstrable impacts on policy and practice.. Based on knowledge exchange and action research, this has focused on embedding an outcomes approach to practice, and has involved partnership between a wide range of national bodies and local organisations to re-orient culture, systems and practice accordingly. The primary purpose of this work is to support outcomes focused and person centred engagement at the frontline, with a secondary purpose to measure outcomes and use this information for service planning and improvements.

Anna Macintyre worked as a Clinical Psychologist in multi-disciplinary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services before deciding to pursue a career in Public Health.  Anna has experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  Her research interests include the social determinants of health, mental health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to children and young people.  She is passionate about the importance of research which informs policy, and she will contribute to the public policy work package of CRISP.

Ailsa Stewart is a Lecturer and Course Leader for the PG Certificate in Mental Health Social Work (MHO) Award in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde.  Ailsa’s research focuses on Adult Social Work including, evaluating effectiveness of models of intervention, exploring the impact of social networks on resilience, identifying challenges to practice from policy and legislative implementation and gaps in research knowledge. 

Gillian MacIntyre is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  She joined the University of Strathclyde after completing a PhD exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities at the University of Glasgow.  Much of her teaching and research interests focus on the area of adult social care, with a particular interest in learning disability and mental health.

Dr Peter Byrne is Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde Centre for Health Policy and Public Mental Health Lead for the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a leading international expert on stigma and discrimination and has published widely in this area.