Jean has been a Senior Associate with Innovation Unit since 2011. She has a passion for hearing and sharing people’s stories whist analysing and challenging the complex social, organisational and regulatory spaces within which their stories sit.
Most recently, Jean has worked with Innovation Unit and Public Health England to provide evidence to improve Weight Management Services, and Greater Manchester Transforming Care Board, planning support for a ‘greater life closer to home’ for those with neurodevelopmental disorders and challenging behaviour. With a Doctorate in Sociology Jean is widely experienced in qualitative research methods and uses her expertise to support the design, delivery and analysis of transformative ethnographic research, one of the cornerstones of the Innovation Unit’s approach to creating change.
Having worked on projects with vulnerable individuals, Jean is ardent about the ethical issues that accompany social research and assists Innovation Unit with ethical challenges and the safeguarding of both participants and researchers. She has over 15 years experience in education, and has published widely in academic journals.
Healthcare professionals need to raise the ‘weight issue’
We all recognise the scale of the obesity problem, and that stigma attached to being overweight makes it difficult for people to ask for support, so why aren’t more health professionals identifying the problem and taking action that can help?
What Does it Mean to Thrive?
Innovation Unit CEO Sarah Gillinson shares her response to our recent event ‘Learning to Thrive’
Strong relationships as the golden thread in thriving societies
We all know that relationships matter. We are social beings. Our quality of life, indeed our happiness, is directly related to the degree to which we feel connected to others.