Rosie Stenhouse (PhD RMN PGCertHET FHEA)

Lecturer; School Equality and Diversity Coordinator; Associate Director Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry

  • Nursing Studies
  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry

Contact details



School of Health in Social Science
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

Post code


Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Soc.Sci-Nursing) in 1992 and as RMN I went on to work in the Third Sector for Body Positive, and service-user led organisation supporting people and families affected by HIV and AIDS. I went on to work in the Greater Manchester area in mental health rehabilitation and then as a community mental health nurse before returning to Scotland where I rejoined the university as a part-time teacher, undertaking my MSc (Research) part time and then gaining the Gardner Scholarship to complete my PhD studies as a full-time student all at the University of Edinburgh. Following completion of my PhD I gained a full-time lecturing post at Abertay University, Dundee where I led the mental health nursing programme before returning to a lecturer post here in Nursing Studies in 2013.

My teaching portfolio is focused on mental health and on professional issues. I have a strong interest in learning and teaching and have developed a number of coures drawing on creative practices (see and using study circles as an integral part of learning and assessment ( I currently hold the role of School Equality and Diversity Coordinator and work closely with the Director of Learning and Teaching with a focus on inclusion within the curriculum.

My research expertise is qualitative with a particular focus on narrative, discourse and power. I am also interested in the use of creative methods in research, particularly poetry and digital stories both as data and audience engagement media.  My current research is focused on workforce, prison populations and alcohol, mental health carers in rural Scotland, and an autoethnographic interrogation of power in the co-productive relationship.  As Associate Director of the Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry I am responsible for the programme of events to support doctoral students.


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Responsibilities & affiliations


NMC registered


Undergraduate teaching

Main teaching areas are:

  • mental health
  • professional issues in nursing and healthcare

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students from a range of disciplines whose projects fall within my area of expertise.

Current PhD students supervised

Current PhD supervision

Year 1:

Man Sa Lo, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Sexual health education and needs and the development of an e-sexual health programme for young people in Macau

Methodology: Mixed methods, participatory action research

Second supervisor


Georgi Gill, Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Using (auto)biographical poetry to explore the experience of multiple sclerosis 

Methodology: Qualitative; arts based methods; autoethnographic poetry

Principle supervisor


Katherine Pachkowski, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Exploitation of people with mental health problems living in the community

Methodology: Qualitative; discourse analysis

Principle supervisor


Blerte Hyseni, Faculty of Health Sciences, Maribor University, Slovenia F/T

Study Topic: Impact of performance appraisal and quality of management in nursing job satisfaction

Methodology: mixed methods

Principle supervisor


Year 2:

Jamie Smith, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Nurses’ constructions of nursing work

Methodology: New materialist approaches

Principle supervisor


Year 3:

Gearoid Brennan, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Mental health nurses’ understanding and engagement with their role in the physical health care of mental health patients in acute and community contexts

Methodology: Discourse analysis

Principle supervisor


Year 4:

Louise Johnston, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, P/T

Study Topic: Narrative study of student nurses’ experiences of coming to nursing from a widening participation pathway

Methodology: Narrative; discourse analysis

Principle supervisor


Jenny Young, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edinburgh Napier University, P/T

Study Topic: Narrative study of male carers’ experiences of caring for a female partner with cancer

Methodology: Narrative; discourse analysis

Second supervisor

Past PhD students supervised

Successful Completions:

Dr Jessica McLaren, University of Edinburgh, 2013

Title:  Making Sense of Supervision: A Narrative Study of the Supervision Experiences of Mental Health Nurses and Midwives


Dr Thanee Glomjai, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2015

Title: Alcohol consumption behaviour of young people in Thailand: Perspectives of stakeholders in Petchaburi Province


Dr Szu-Szu Ho, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2018

Title:“It depends on our deep belief in the treatment and our values”— Understanding HIV-positive drug users’ experiences of taking Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatment in Taiwan


Dan Hope, Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2019

Title: 'What Nursing's All About': The caring ideal and ambivalence to 'profession' in nurses' occupational discourse


Sushila Chowdhry, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2019

Title:(In)visible women: a narrative study of larger women's pregnant embodiment and maternal healthcare