Dr Jenny Owen BA (Hons) PhD

Jenny Owen

Public Health Section
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

email : j.m.owen@sheffield.ac.uk


I currently hold a Senior Honorary Lectureship in the Section of Public Health, ScHARR following my retirement from my Senior Lecturer post in September 2014.

My first degree was in Social and Political Sciences. Following this I worked in community education and development for some years, before completing a PhD. My PhD research was an interdisciplinary study of information systems design, gender relations and models of user involvement. This led to later research about information systems in the UK National Health Service, and to a growing interest in sociological research about health and well-being.

Research Interests

I have a long-standing interest in sociological research with and about young parents, their identities as parents and their experiences of health care and other support services.  This forms part of a wider set of sociological interests in children, families and health.  Past projects to which I have contributed have investigated the ways in which the notion of a 'healthy family' is reflected in government food/diet initiatives, and a review of research evidence about sexual health services linked to or based in secondary schools.

Teaching Interests

I have a particular interest in inter-professional learning, and I co-facilitate courses on child welfare with colleagues and students in Social Work, Medicine and Educational Psychology.  I also contribute to teaching on ScHARR's postgraduate programmes about research methods and about dissertation planning.

Current Research Project and Grants

I am leading a current qualitative study within the School for Public Health Research network (http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/), designed to identify 'best practice' in educational initiatives with young people about 'risky' behaviours (with a specific focus on alcohol awareness and sexual health).

I am also co-applicant in a qualitative study of patients' and professionals' experiences of nurse-led, home-based sexual health care for young parents.  This is funded by the Research for Patient Benefit programme and the PI is Prof Mark Hayter at the University of Hull. 

Selected articles and chapters

Peacock M, Bissell P, & Owen J.  (2013) 'Shaming Encounters:  Reflections on Contemporary Understandings of Social Inequality and Health'.  Published online before print 18 July 2013, Sociology 18 July 2013 doi:  10.1177/0038038513490353

Hayter M, Owen J, Cooke J. (2012) Developing and Establishing School-based Sexual Health Services:  Issues for School Nursing Practice.  Journal of School Nursing. 28(6), 433-441.  doi: 10.1177/1059840512444317.

Owen J, Carroll C, Cooke J, Formby E, Hayter M, Hirst J, Lloyd-Jones M, Stapleton H, Stevenson M D and Sutton A.  (2010)  School-linked sexual health services for young people (SSHYP): a survey and systematic review concerning current models, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and research opportunities.  Health Technol Assess 2010; 14(30), 1-iv, doi: 10.3310/hta14300.

Owen J, Metcalfe A, Dryden C and Shipton G.  (2010) 'If they don't eat it, it's not a proper meal': Images of risk and choice in fathers' accounts of family food practices. Health, Risk and Society 12(4), 395-406. doi: 10.1080/13698571003793213.

Owen J, Higginbottom G, Kirkham M, Mathers N and March P.  (2010) 'Creating identity: young mothers from 'minoritised' backgrounds.  Chapter in S. Duncan, R. Edwards and C. Alexander (eds)  Teenage Parenting - what's the problem?  Tufnell Press.