The researchers and advisory panel for the Space for Sharing study.


Principal Investigator

Lead investigator for research area: Life-threatening, life-shortening and long-term conditions


Lead investigator for research area: Emotional distress

 Lead investigator for research area: Disasters and humanitarian crises

Lead investigator for research area: Social media data sets

Professor Dave Boothroyd

University of Lincoln
+44 (0)152 283 7339

Co Investigator / Lead investigator for research area: Illicit drug use

Professor Heather Draper

University of Warwick
+44 (0)2476 150347

Co Investigator / Lead investigator for research area: Organ and tissue donation

Research associates

Dr Sarah Hargreaves – Life-threatening, life-shortening, and long-term conditions (empathy)

Dr Melanie Lovatt – Life-threatening, life-shortening, and long-term conditions (trust)

Dr Dmytro Karamshuk – Social media data sets

Dr Sarah Lewis – Illicit drug use

Dr Greg Moorlock – Organ and tissue donation

Dr Mladen Pupavac – Disasters and humanitarian crises

Dr Frances Shaw – Emotional distress

Advisory panel

We have an Advisory Panel that meets annually to support and advise us in our work. Members of our Advisory Panel have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in relation to digital and social media, qualitative methods, public engagement and transdisciplinary research.

Anna Brown, Breast Cancer Now

Anna is Forum Coordinator at the charity Breast Cancer Now.

Christine Hine, University of Surrey

Christine is a Reader at the University of Surrey. Her main research centres on the sociology of science and technology, including ethnographic studies of scientific culture, information technology and the Internet. She has also taken a lead role in promoting discussion of methodologies for sociological understanding of the Internet. Christine’s profile

Alice Mathers, Good Things Foundation

Alice is Innovation Manager at Good Things Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology. Alice’s profile

Henrietta O'Connor, University of Leicester

Henrietta is Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her principal research interests focus on the Sociology of Work, in particular debates around transitions to and from the labour market She also has an active interest in research methods and her current work is based around the secondary analysis of qualitative data, qualitative longitudinal research and community restudies. Henrietta’s profile

Ruth Passman, NHS England

Ruth is Head of Equality and Heath Inequalities at NHS England. She has enjoyed a diverse portfolio career spanning the voluntary, academic and public sectors, operating at Directorial and Chief Executive Level to establish and lead health renewal organisations. She has worked in the Department of Health and across government on the wider determinants of health agenda as Senior Health Policy Adviser/ Public Health Specialist. Ruth has worked at local, regional and national level promoting Equality and tackling Health Inequalities.

Omer Rana, Cardiff University

Omer Rana is Professor of Performance Engineering at Cardiff University. Omer’s profile

Masoud Sanii, Greater Manchester NHS Values Group

Masoud is a member of the Greater Manchester NHS Values Group, which works with groups in extreme circumstances who have, for example, lived experience of homelessness, addiction and being refugees, and brings insights to the project from a service user perspective.

Bridgette Wessels, University of Glasgow

Bridgette is a Professor in the Sociology of inner qualities at the University of Glasgow. She has extensive research experience in the area of digital communication in a wide range of areas, such as public sphere, the creative and cultural industries, media and new media, e-services, and in everyday life studies. Bridgette’s profile

Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Joanna is Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a writer, lecturer, artist and curator, working in the areas of new technologies and new media, ethics and art. Joanna’s web site

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