Dr. Fiona Cuthill

LECTURER (FTE) IN NURSING STUDIES (Public Health/Community Nursing

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Global Health Academy

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Room 2.6, Doorway 6, Medical Quad, Teviot Place

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Dr Fiona Cuthill is a lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Convenor for the Athena SWAN assessment team for the School of Health in Social Science. She is the Academic Director for the new Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health in the School of Health in Social Science:


Fiona is also Programme Director for the MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice and teaches several courses in Global Public Health/Community Health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has a particular interest in health inequalities, gender based violence, homelessness and refugee health. A Registered Adult Nurse and District Nurse, she worked for several years as a community development health nurse with people seeking asylum and refugees in the North East of England. Fiona is a founding member and current trustee of Justice First, a charity working in the Tees Valley with people who are seeking asylum in the UK. 

Fiona completed her doctorate at Sunderland in community health and culture. Homelessness and inclusion health is an ongoing focus of her work and she is the Academic Director for the new Edinburgh Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health within the School of Health in Social Science.  In addition, Fiona is interested in the ways that nurses engage in social justice in the UK; what social justice is understood to mean within the profession of nursing in the UK and how it is employed in practice situations.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach several courses on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes: Healthy Communities 1; Global Public Health - a critical approach to health improvment; and, Global Public Health (Honours Option). 

Postgraduate teaching

I am the Programme Director for the MSc Advancing Nursing Practice.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am happy to consider supervison for students to study a PhD in the following areas:

  • global public health
  • community health
  • homelessness and health
  • refugee and asylum seeker health
  • health improvement/health promotion

Current PhD students supervised

Aromoke Sanjo-Odutayo: Aromoke is exploring the decision to immunise by pregnant women in Nigeria

Ari Sawitri: Ari is exploring the relationship between families and hypertension control in Bali.

Catalina Martin: Catalina is looking at the experiences of homelessness by LGBTQi young people.

Emma Hughes: Emma is investigating the health care provision for refugees in an Australian context.

Salwa Alalwi: Salwa is uncovering the role of culture and faith in health improvement for noncommunicable disease in the Omani context.

Sutantri Sutantri: Sutantri is exploring the role of identity in cardiac rehabilitation programmes in Indonesia.

Temitayo Odewusi: Temitayo is looking at sexual health knowledge and attitudes with young people in Nigeria.


Research summary

Fiona is particularly interested in qualitative research methodologies that use peer participatory researchers as part of the research process. Her research interests to date have explored the ways that marginalised groups in society access community organisations to support resilience and this has focused primarily on people who find themselves destitute following the asylum process. Community health is both her area of clinical experience and also the focus of her current research projects. She has recently completed  a qualitative research project with Dr Vicky Hirst to explore homeless patients’ experience of General Practice care in an outreach setting (Dec. 2017).

Research activities