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Dr Ginny Brunton
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Research Officer
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

  • Systematic review / research synthesis methodology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Community engagement
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Wellness, health promotion and salutogenesis

Personal country knowledge

  • Canada - health promotion, public health, nursing, midwifery

Languages spoken

  • French (basic); German (basic)

Languages written

  • French (basic); German (basic)

Research Groups
Research Summary

I am a Senior Research Officer at the EPPI-Centre, University College London since 2000. Trained as a Nurse and Midwife, I have almost 20 years experience as a research methodologist, specializing in systematic reviews. Here, I have been involved in the development of innovative methods of research synthesis; including those integrating quantitative and qualitative research, particularly research on the public’s views of their care. My PhD focused on the use of framework synthesis in mixed methods research synthesis and stakeholder engagement as part of that method.


The systematic reviews on which I work focus on a broad topic range within health promotion and public health, funded by the Department of Health, ESRC and NIHR. I have conducted systematic reviews of community engagement in health promotion, most currently to inform NICE guidance updating. Previously I have conducted systematic reviews around maternal and paternal health, including reviews of teenage pregnancy and parenthood, women’s experiences of becoming a mother, and the impact of father’s involvement on family mental health outcomes.


Teaching Summary
I am currently a co-supervisor for three PhD students at UCL. I have been involved in module development and taught sessions for several Masters’ level courses, including those offered by the EPPI-Centre on research synthesis methods.

I also teach sessions on research methods to undergraduate Midwifery students at the University of Hertfordshire. Currently I am leading a new undergraduate module on public health to be offered in 2017 as part of the BSc Social Science degree programme at UCL Institute of Education.
01-APR-2015 Senior Research Officer Social Science UCL, United Kingdom
04-JUN-2000 – 01-APR-2015 Research Officer Social Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Policy University College London
1992 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Nursing McMaster University
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