Dr Daniel Holman

BA, MSc, PhD

Department of Sociological Studies

Lecturer in Sociology and Public Health


Dr Daniel Holman
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Dr Daniel Holman
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Dr. Daniel Holman’s research centres around social science perspectives on health and illness, especially with respect to health inequalities and ageing. He is Principal Investigator (Co-Investigators Professor Sarah Salway and Dr. Andy Bell) on a new ESRC project on intersectional inequalities in later life chronic disease (‘Chronic disease and healthy ageing at the intersections: social locations, biomarkers, and health practices’).

Daniel joined the department in November 2014 to work with Professor Alan Walker as a Research Associate. Daniel has since worked on a number of international ageing projects alongside Professor Walker: Mobilising the potential of active ageing in Europe (MoPAct), Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (SIforAGE), and most recently, Social inequalities in extending working lives of an ageing workforce (EXTEND), for which he is the Co-Investigator for the UK component. He has also worked with Professor Salway on the NIHR project Integrating attention to ethnicity and migration within applied public health and health inequalities research.

Prior to this, Daniel was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in sociology in 2012 from the University of Essex, under the supervision of Professor Joan Busfield.

Research interests

Intersectionality, health inequalities and healthy ageing

I am interested in how intersectionality can inform understanding of inequalities, especially in ageing and health. I am Principal Investigator (Co-Investigators Prof. Sarah Salway and Dr. Andy Bell) on a new ESRC grant on this topic, specifically focussing on later life inequalities in chronic diseases (‘Chronic disease and healthy ageing at the intersections: social locations, biomarkers, and health practices’). This will analyse lifecourse determinants and biomarker outcomes.

Extending working lives

I am Co-Investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘EXTEND: Social inequalities in extending working lives of an ageing workforce’ which is considering the social inequalities that might result from extending working life policies. This has included work on inequalities resulting from changes to the state pension age, the role of chronic conditions in driving later life exit from employment, case studies in the social care sector, policy mapping, and the impact of working conditions on post-retirement health.

Social science, social determinants and public health

I have also conducted research on social science perspectives on public health, which has involved for example tracing the input of social science and sociological theory in health behaviour interventions. I am interested in social quality theory as a framework to investigate the social determinants of health. I also occasionally publish in the field of medicine, specifically on risk models and healthcare costs in relation to chronic diseases.


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