Dr Amy Chandler

Senior Lecturer/Chancellor's Fellow

Contact details

Address

Street

Doorway 6
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AG

Availability

  • Monday-Thursday (I work compressed hours over four days)

Background

Appointed as Chancellor's Fellow in Health, through Arts, Design and Humanities in October 2016.

Previously I was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln (2015-16), and Research Fellow in the Centre for Population Health Sciences (now the Usher Institute)/Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh (2010-15).

Qualifications

PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2010

MSc Research, University of Edinburgh, 2006

MA (Hons) Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2003

Undergraduate teaching

I contribute to the MA Health Science and Society.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing PhD study on the following topic areas: sociology of mental health, sociological or anthropological studies of suicide and/or self-harm, and social scientific studies of addiction, drug and alcohol use. 

 

Current PhD students supervised

Estibaliz Saenz, Korean Studies, PPLS, Suicide and 'success' among South Korean youth

Valeria Lembo, Health in Social Science, ECRED, Creative leisure activities among people living with dementia

Georgi Gill, Health in Social Science/Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, Poetry and Multiple Sclerosis Study - https://www.poetryandmsstudy.org/

Catalina Martin, Health in Social Science/Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health, Meanings of 'home' among LGBTQ Young People

Liliana Arias Urueña, Usher Institute, Cultural perspectives towards Cleft  Lip and Palate in children and impact on mental health

Annie Taylor, Edinburgh Napier University, Alcohol use in pregnancy

 

Research summary

I am a sociologist, specialising in the sociology of health and illness, with a particular focus on suicide, self-harm, mental health and substance use. Much of my current and ongoing work addresses suicide and self-harm. 

Current research interests

My research spans two substantive areas: I work primarily on sociological research addressing suicide and self-harm (Suicide Cultures and Suicide in/as Politics are current grants). Alongside this, I maintain interest and activity in drug-use, especially in the context of pregnancy and parenting (currently via the Relations study, led by University of Stirling).  I specialise in qualitative approaches, including drawing on arts-based/arts-informed methodologies.  Across all of my research I am interested in exploring the meanings of often marginalised practices, among diverse groups. For instance, my research on self-harm has involved working with adults, young people and General Practitioners to examine how social location and context shapes the way that self-harm is accounted for. 

Past research interests

Previous research has included: Life-story research with men in mid-life, exploring relationships between alcohol use, self-harm and suicide (funded by Alcohol Research UK). Exploring the risks and realities of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Parent and professional accounts (funded by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation), in collaboration with colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University, and NHS Lothian. Qualitative research with young people addressing understandings of self-harm, drug and alcohol use (funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust) Research with General Practitioners, exploring understandings of self-harm and suicide (funded by Chief Scientists' Office, in collaboration with Chris Burton (University of Sheffield), Steve Platt (Edinburgh), and Caroline King (Glasgow Caledonian University).

Knowledge exchange

I have collaborated with Samaritans on a number of projects, including:

https://www.samaritans.org/dying-from-inequality/report 

http://www.samaritans.org/about-us/our-research/research-report-men-suicide-and-society

 

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Suicide Cultures (Wellcome Trust): Multi-site, multi-method qualitatively driven study into meanings and practices of suicide across Scotland. https://www.ed.ac.uk/suicide-cultures

Suicide in/as Politics (Leverhulme Trust): Qualitative, interdisciplinary project analysing the construction and contestation of suicide in UK politics and policy, and among ‘private’ citizens.

The Relations Study (ESRC): Relational ethnography of the governance of parental drug use in Scotland and England. 

Current project grants

Suicide Cultures (2020-2025) - Funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award
Suicide in/as Politics (2020-2023) - Funded by a Leverhulme Trust Project Grant, with co-investigator Dr Ana Jordan, University of Lincoln.
The RELATIONS study (2020-2023) - Funded by an ESRC Large Grant, led by Prof Anne Whittaker, University of Stirling.

Past project grants

2018-2020: Wellcome Trust/University of Edinburgh ISSF Grant 'Suicide Cultures'
2018-2019: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant 'Creative approaches to self-harm in young people: a collaborative, arts-based inquiry into meaning'
2018-2019: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland 'Creative approaches to self-harm in young people: a collaborative, arts-based inquiry into meaning' https://www.carnegie-trust.org/alumni/dr-amy-chandler/
2015: Alcohol Research UK. ‘Alcohol Stories: Using the life grid to explore how men in mid-life talk about the relationship between alcohol, mental health, self-harm and suicide’. Principal Investigator.
2014: Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation. ‘Risks and realities of neonatal abstinence syndrome’. Co-investigator.
2014: Innovation Initiative Grant, University of Edinburgh. ‘Animating Harm: A Public Engagement Grant – self-harm, drug and alcohol use among young people’. Principal Investigator.
2013: Sir Halley Stewart Trust Fund Grant Award. ‘Exploring understandings about self-harm, drug and alcohol use among young people in diverse socioeconomic contexts’ Principal Investigator.
2013: Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Government. ‘General Practitioner understandings and management of self-harm: a qualitative study’. Co-Investigator.
2013: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. ‘Self-harm: Ethical Considerations of an Embodied Practice. Principal Investigator.

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