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Dr Gillian Stokes
Room 203
10 Woburn Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6520
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have been involved in projects at the SSRU since May 2013 and joined the EPPI-Centre at the SSRU in August 2014. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, I had extensive experience in the commercial world, working in media and television.  I now conduct health focused systematic reviews, with topics ranging from impact of medical conditions on various demographic groups to health benefits of improved domestic services. I completed my PhD on children's participation in medicines research and development. 

Alongside my academic career, I am a qualified herbal practitioner and medical ethnobotanist, with qualifications in environmental, medical and social anthropology. I am a trained mentor for young people particularly to support African-Caribbean young people pursue careers in STEM.  Further, I write creatively to explore issues of being Black and British, and have written poetry on this topic and the impact of forced adoption.  I also support and encourage Black writers both within the university and in the wider academic community.  

Research Summary

I am a mixed-methods researcher who works on a number of collaborative projects in the field of inclusive research, public involvement in research, medicine, public health and methods development for evidence-based health policy creation. I have a particular interest in research that focuses on children's involvementdiversity and underrepresented communities, particularly African heritage and mixed-ethnicity communities and the impact of missing medical histories on personal medical decisions.   My research expertise covers a variety of qualitative and systematic reviewing research methods.  I have published, and teach, on various topics including: discourse analysis (all types); research methods development; thematic and framework synthesis; evidence mapping methods, Bakhtinian theory; intrapersonal role conflict theory; children's rights; and developing methods for children's involvement in medicines research.

ORCID: 0000-0001-5000-784X

Teaching Summary

My teaching centres on qualitative research, public involvement in research (PPI) and systematic review training, inclusivity and diversity, various research methods, practical research skills and theory.  The courses, modules and faculties that I teach for are:

  • Module Leader for Research Engagement, Participation and Impact (REPI) (MSc Sociology/Social Research and Social Policy) - Social Research Institute
  • Seminar Leader for Sociology of Childhood (BSc Social Science/Sociology) - Social Research Institute
  • Lecturer in Interview Methods and Thematic Analysis (Doctor in Educational Psychology) - Institute of Education
  • Lecturer in Children's participation in Research (MSc Paediatric Dentistry) - UCL Eastman Dental Institute. 
  • Personal Tutor and pastoral support
  • Mentor and coach (extracurricular and voluntary)

Dissertation and thesis supervision

I supervise students undertaking dissertations using qualitative method, mixed methods and systematic reviews, with particular interest in research that includes community engagement and co-production.  Topics of interest are sociological and public health issues, including: inclusive practices, African heritage issues, marginalised or excluded communities, and young people's perspectives.  I supervise at all degree levels for:

  • BSc Social Science
  • BSc Sociology
  • MSc Social Policy and Social Research
  • MSc Social Research Methods
  • PhD (Subsidiary Supervisor)

PhD Students (Current)

Anthony Isiwele: A multimethod investigation into Nigerian and Ghanaian young people's experiences of care for common mental disorders in inner London (Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis) 

Mariam Swehli:  Previously incarcerated women's journey into the Labour Market: Using Critical Race Theory 

Academic Background
2019   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Master of Science University of Kent
2006   Bachelor of Science Middlesex University
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