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Dr Kris Southby


About Dr Kris Southby

Kris is a Researcher Officer in the Centre for Health Promotion Research.

Kris completed his PhD exploring the impact of football fandom on the social exclusion of adults with a learning disability in May 2013. Following a career break in which he worked for the learning disability charity Mencap, Kris joined the Centre for Health Promotion Research (CHPR) as a Research Assistant in 2014. He has since progressed to the role of Research Officer and now Research Fellow.

Kris is involved in all aspects of the research process across the CHPR’s portfolio of work, including data collection, data analysis and report writing. He is also involved in supervision of Masters and PhD students.

Kris' research generally uses qualitative or mixed methods to capture peoples’ lived experience. This is significant as individual and collective voice and lived-experience has historically been marginalised within health research in favour of more ‘robust’ evidence.

Research Interests

Kris' research broadly covers two themes. The first concerns the role of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in addressing health inequalities. The second concerns the experience adults with a learning disability, a group of people at risk of experiencing significant exclusion and health inequalities. As with his other work, this research is about ways of addressing the broad ranging and complex ‘social’ needs of this group.

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