Image of Daniel HolmanDr Daniel Holman

Research Fellow

(BA, MSc, PhD)

Telephone: 0114 222 6417 (external), 26417 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, B07

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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.


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.


Key Publications

Holman, D. (2019). Chronic conditions as predictors of later life disability employment exit: a gendered analysis. Occup Environ Med, oemed-2018.

Holman, D. Hess, M. and Foster, L. Inequalities in women’s awareness of changes to State Pension Age in England and the role of cognitive ability. Ageing & Society. DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X1800082X.

Yu, D., Cai, Y., Graffy, J., Holman, D. Zhao, Z, Simmons, D. (2018) Derivation and external validation of risk algorithms for cerebrovascular (re)hospitalisation in patients with type 2 diabetes: two cohorts study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.08.006

Yu, D., Graffy, G., Holman, D., Robins, P., Cai, Y., Zhao, Z. and Simmons, D. (2018) Impact of peer support on inpatient and outpatient payments among people with type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study. Diabetic Medicine. DOI: 10.1111/dme.13624.

Bunn, C., Ireland, R., Minton, J., Holman, D., Philpott, M., and Chambers, S. (2018) Shirt sponsorship by gambling companies in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues: global reach and public health concerns. Soccer & Society. DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2018.1425682.

Yu, D., Cai, Y., Graffy, J., Holman, D., Zhao, Z. and Simmons, D. (2018) Development and external validation of risk prediction models for cardiovascular hospitalisation and rehospitalisation in people with type 2 diabetes: two cohort studies. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. DOI: 10.1210/jc.2017-02293.

Wingate, L., Graffy, J., Holman, D., and Simmons, D. (2017) Can peer support be cost saving? An economic evaluation of RAPSID: A Randomised controlled trial of Peer Support in Diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. DOI: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000328.

Holman, D. Chapter 8: Class. In Vossler, A., Havard, C., Pike, G, Barekr, M. and Raabe, B. (2017) Mad or Bad? A critical approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology. London: Sage.

Holman, D. and Walker, A. (2017) Social Quality and Health: Examining Individual and Neighbourhood Contextual Effects Using a Multilevel Modelling Approach. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-017-1640-2.

Holman, D., Lynch, R. and Reeves, A. (2017) How do health behaviour interventions take account of social context? A literature trend and co-citation analysis. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/1363459317695630.

Holman, D. and Borgstrom, E. (2015) Applying social theory to understand health-related behaviours. BMJ Medical Humanities. 42(2), 143-5.

Simmons, D., Prevost, T., Bunn, C., Holman, D., Parker, R., Cohn, S., ... and Graffy, J. (2015) Impact of community based peer support in Type 2 diabetes: a cluster randomised controlled trial of individual and/or group approaches. PLOS ONE. 10(3).

Reeves, A., Gilbert, E. and Holman, D. (2015) Class dis-identification, cultural stereotypes, and music preferences: Experimental evidence from the UK. Poetics. 50, 44-61.

Holman, D. (2015) Exploring the relationship between social class, mental illness stigma and mental health literacy using British national survey data. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 19(4), 413-429.

Holman, D. (2014) ‘What help can you get talking to somebody?’ Explaining class differences in the use of talking treatments. Sociology of Health and Illness. 36(4), 531-548.