Dr Jill Thompson

PhD, MA, BSc (hons)

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

Senior Lecturer

+44 114 222 2075

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Dr Jill Thompson
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

I am a Senior Lecturer and medical sociologist at the Health Sciences School.

My research interests focus on children’s experiences of health and health access in both national and international contexts, and I have undertaken work in Ghana, Fiji and Nepal.

I also have a particular focus on migrant children’s health and the use of technologies to improve children’s health experiences.

Research interests

I am a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in participatory methodologies and realist approaches.

Current projects

  • Mixed-Realities Play Kit to Prepare Children Aged 4-10 for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Funded by INNOVATE UK and TUOS KEI 
  • Promoting sustainable livelihoods: unpacking possibilities for empowerment with young migrants in Ghana. Funded by BA Youth Futures.
  •  Promoting disaster resilience in children: developing a network to research culturally appropriate, sustainable public health interventions in Fiji and Samoa. Funded by Academy of Medical Sciences GCRF

Previous projects include:

  • Identifying the additional needs of migrant children. (Sheffield Children’s Hospital Funded)
  • Engaging young people and migrant families in enhancing quality care in the management of long-term health conditions. (GNCT funded)
  • A realist synthesis to explain how, for whom, and in what circumstances different community mental health crisis services work (NIHR funded).
  • Hidden Voices: Exploring the impact of migration on children’s perspectives of health (World University Network Funded). 
  • Assessment and Satisfaction of services for Juvenile Huntington’s Disease (RfPB funded).
  • Exploring the impact of community-based peer support on promoting health literacy’ (COPES) (PHR funded)

Journal articles


  • Thompson J & Spencer G (2022) Reproducing Power Asymmetries Through Voice, Collaboration and Change: Opportunities for Children to Re-Shape Contemporary Global Challenges In Frankel S (Ed.), Establishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World (pp. 9-23). Emerald RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Thompson J, Fairbrother H & Curtis P (2018) Hidden voices : reflections on the health experiences of children who migrate. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28(Suppl_1) (pp 128-128). Edinburgh, UK, 17 May 2018 - 19 May 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Croot L, Harris J, Thompson J, Van Cleemput P, Booth A, Campbell F, Springett J & Wilkins E (2013) Promoting Health Literacy through Community Based Peer Support: a participatory approach to a realist review.. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 12 (pp 727-728) RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I am interested in supervising students in my research areas and would welcome students contacting me.

Current PhD students

  • Bethany Taylor

  • Eleni Chambers

Teaching interests

I am Deputy Programme lead for the BMedSci Health and Human Sciences degree. On this degree I teach units in health promotion, sociological approaches to health and research methods.