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Dr Pamela Fisher

About Dr Pamela Fisher

Pamela is a Reader in Social & Health Citizenship . Her work focuses on understandings and enactments of ‘resilience’ within communities marginalised for reasons related to mental health, disability, social disadvantage, and stigma. Pamela's work is informed by her interest in social justice and she often identifies ‘spaces’ (both literal and metaphorical) in which unorthodox forms of ‘resilience’ are developed (by marginalised communities) which remain unacknowledged in ‘mainstream’ policy discourse. Equally, Pamela has a strong interest in critical and innovative approaches to ‘professionalism’, in particular co-production, understood as authentic power-sharing.

Ongoing projects

In 2015 Pamela secured funding as the Principal Investigator for an ESRC seminar series Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production. Seven one-day seminars are being held over 2 years in collaboration with the Universities of Huddersfield, Oxford (St. Catherine's College) and York. The seminars interrogate ideas of co-production from multi-disciplinary perspectives in order to develop new ways of working and researching within mental health. The starting point is that co-production should involve authentic power-sharing, and that this requires a fundamental re-imagining of the relationships between service users, carers and professionals.

Pamela is involved in a study investigating ‘resilience’ amongst former gang members who work (as community mediators) to prevent offending by children and young people. This project forms part of an international and interdisciplinary partnership of the World Wide University Network (WUN) on the theme of Public Health and Resilience, which is led by Professor Steve Reid of the University of Cape Town. Pamela is the international coordinator for a project specifically focusing on health and social care providers and resilience.

Current Teaching

  • MSc Public Health - Health Promotion
  • Research Methods for Health & Wellbeing
  • Professional Practice

Research Interests

Pamela's research is theoretical informed and related to 'real life' issues of social justice. She is interested in developing new ways of working and researching with excluded groups as equal partners. Through developing dialogue across diverse stakeholders (service users, carers, professionals in public, statutory and voluntary organisations), her work aims to re-imagine and to contribute to innovation within service delivery in health promotion and public health.

Pamela is currently supervising 2 PhD students and would welcome further opportunities to supervise doctoral students in the following areas: health/wellbeing and social justice; emerging forms of democratic professionalism (e.g. co-production, peer-led approaches); and innovative approaches to ‘resilience’ within marginalised communities and in health and social care work.

Recent publications include:

Editor’s Choice: downloadable from publisher's at link below

Fisher, P., Balfour, B. and Moss, S. (2018)Advocating Co-Productive Engagement with Marginalised People: A specific perspective on and by survivors  of childhood of childhood sexual abuse, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp. 096–2113. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx149

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