Nursing Studies

Our Research Priorities

Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh engages in innovative social science research which aims to improve patient and family experiences, develop practice and enhance nurse education through both empirical and conceptual research. Drawing on a diverse range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, our interdisciplinary research impacts on policy, health and social care delivery and interventions. The purpose is to optimise the health potential of individuals and populations in local and global contexts and make a difference in people’s lives.

Social Justice and Health Inequity

This research priority focuses on people on the margins of society who experience inequitable access to healthcare and reduced opportunities to live well for a variety of reasons including: ethnicity, age, poverty, migration and gender. Research impact in this theme is explicitly orientated towards achieving social justice for these groups through engagement with policy makers and practitioners.

Policy Professions and Care

Research in this area considers the current education, workforce, practice, systems (including information technology or eHealth) and patient factors at the intersection of health-related policy. The research we undertake seeks to inform and transform at all levels, influencing to bring critical perspectives to the contemporary challenges of local and global health care research and challenges.

Global Public Health

Our work in public health ranges from local to international. It looks at prevalence, experiences, and prevention of noncommunicable and communicable diseases in a range of populations, including people with experience of addiction, migrants, older people, and health care professionals. Our work aims to improve outcomes and provision of care in locations with few resources using a range of interventions including low cost technologies.

Sudden Interruptions In Health

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Our work in this theme is concerned with the experiences of those with sudden changes in their health status and the organisation of care to support them. We focus on those who require critical care and on older people considering issues of care in the acute phase. We concentrate on what happens to people as they recover, rehabilitate and survive these episodes of care such as the design and application of digital health products and services.

Research publications

A selection of Nursing Studies staff publications, chosen to give you a flavour of our research interests and scholarship activity.

Student Research

Below is a list of some of our other current PhD students and the areas they are researching.

Research Archive

View older research undertaken by Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

View our Nursing Studies Global Activity Highlights 

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We work closely with our research centre The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP). SCPHRP was established in 2008 to encourage and facilitate collaborations between all sectors of the public health community in Scotland. Find out more about their work:

SCPHRP homepage 



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Potential PhD Titles