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Professor Andy Alaszewski

Emeritus Professor of Health Studies



Andy is an applied social scientist who has been engaged in health services research since 1972 and was Director of the Centre for Health Servcies Studies between 2001 and 2008. His main interests include:

  • the organisation, delivery and evaluation of health and welfare services
  • the analysis and management of risk in health and welfare agencies
  • the development of services for vulnerable individuals, especially older people and people with learning disabilities.

Andy is an experienced researcher and research manager. He was Director of the NHS-funded Research and Development Support Unit which provides support for research capacity development in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Since 1972 he has been the grantholder or co-grant holder of over 50 grants valued at over £3.2 million.

Research Supervision

Andy is an experienced research supervisor and examiner. He has successfully supervised 17 research students, currently supervises 5 research students and has examined 16 MPhil/PhD theses. He is keen to discuss potential topics with research students who would like to do work on health, risk and society.

Memberships in academic associations, editorial boards and other activities

  • 1999- Founding editor, Health, Risk and Society, published by Taylor and Francis
  • 2001 ESRC Reviewer and expert panel member for Risk Network competition
  • 2002- Research Assessor, Primary Care Research Teams, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • 2002- Co-opted academic member, DoH Service Delivery and Organisation programme
    2004 National Electronic Library, Expert Adviser on Development of Library Resources for Risk Communication
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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Alaszewski, A. and Wilkinson, I. (2015) 'The paradox of hope for working age adults recovering from stroke', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. Sage, pp. 172-187. doi: 10.1177/1363459314555242.
Hamilton-West, K. E., Rowe, J., Katona, C., King, A., Coulton, S., Milne, A., Alaszewski, A., Ellis, K. and Pinnock, H. (2013) 'A concordance therapy to help older people self-manage type 2 diabetes', Diabetes and Primary Care. SB Communications Ltd, pp. 240-248. Available at: http://www.diabetesandprimarycare.co.uk/journal-content/view/a-concordance-therapy-to-help-older-people-self-manage-type-2-diabetes.
Brown, P. R., Alaszewski, A., Swift, T. and Nordin, A. (2011) 'Actions speak louder than words: the embodiment of trust by healthcare professionals in gynae-oncology', Sociology of Health & Illness. Blackwell Publ ltd, pp. 280-295. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01284.x.
Brown, P. R., Alaszewski, A., Pilgrim, D. and Calnan, M. .W. (2011) 'The quality of interaction between managers and clinicians: a question of trust', Public Money & Management. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 43-50. doi: 10.1080/09540962.2011.545546.
Stosz, L. and Alaszewski, A. (2008) 'Rapid response teams will make some difference but at what cost?', Nursing Older People, pp. 26-27. Available at: http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=5&sid=2b896a8d-b805-422c-9026-d3311385633d%40sessionmgr11&hid=18.
Gott, M. and Alaszewski, A. (2008) 'At odds with the End of Life Care Strategy', Nursing Older People. Royal College of Nursing, pp. 24-27. doi: 10.7748/nop.20.7.24.s28.
Alaszewski, A. (2008) 'Communicating Vaccine Risk with Patients and Parents', VacciNation, pp. 12-13.
Alaszewski, A. and Coxon, K. (2008) 'The everyday experience of living with risk and uncertainty', Health, Risk & Society. Routledge Journals, pp. 413-420. doi: 10.1080/13698570802383952.
Alaszewski, A., Alaszewski, H. P., Potter, J. and Penhale, B. (2007) 'Working after a stroke: Survivors' experiences and perceptions of barriers to and facilitators of the return to paid employment', Disability and Rehabilitation. Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 1858-1869. doi: 10.1080/09638280601143356.
Alaszewski, A. and Brown, P. R. (2007) 'Risk, uncertainty and knowledge', Health, Risk & Society. Routledge Journals, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.1080/13698570601183033.
Alaszewski, A. and Burgess, A. (2007) 'Risk, Time & Reason', Health, Risk & Society. Routledge Journals, pp. 349-358. doi: 10.1080/13698570701612295.
Alaszewski, A. (2006) 'Diaries as a source of suffering narratives: A critical commentary', Health, Risk & Society. Routledge Journals, pp. 43-58. doi: 10.1080/13698570500532553.
Alaszewski, A., Alaszewski, H. P. and Potter, J. (2006) 'Risk, Uncertainty and Life Threatening Trauma: Analysing Stroke Survivor's Accounts of Life after Stroke', Forum: Qualitative Social Research, pp. 1-18.
Alaszewski, A. (2006) Using Diaries For Social Research. London, UK: Sage. doi: 10.4135/9780857020215.
Book sections
Alaszewski, A. (2019) 'Diaries', in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods. London, UK: SAGE, pp. 1-36. doi: 10.4135/9781526421036760284.
Alaszewski, A. and Brown, P. R. (2015) 'Time, Risk and Health', in Martyn Chamberlain (ed.) 2015 Medicine, Discourse and Risk. Routledge.
Alaszewski, A. (2007) 'Restructuring health care: Developing systems to identify risk and prevent harm', in Wilkinson, I. M. and Petersen, A. (eds) Health, Risk and Vulnerability. London: Routledge, pp. 66-84.
Alaszewski, A. (2007) 'Using Documents in Health Research', in Saks, M. and Allsop, J. (eds) Researching Health. London: Sage, pp. 57-73.
Alaszewski, A. (2006) 'Health & Risk', in Taylor-Gooby, P. and Zinn, J. O. (eds) Risk in Social Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 160-179.
Alaszewski, A. (2006) 'Managing risk in community practice: nursing, risk and decision-making', in Godin, P. (ed.) Risk and Nursing Practice. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 24-41. doi: 10.1007/978-0-230-20900-8_2.
Research reports (external)
Hamilton-West, K. E., Katona, C., King, A., Rowe, J., Coulton, S., Milne, A., Alaszewski, A. and Pinnock, H. (2010) Improving Concordance in Older People with Type 2 Diabetes (ICOPE-D), Final Report to the National Institute for Health Research. Annex A: Concordance Therapy Manual. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). doi: PB-PG-0906-10182.
Alaszewski, H. P., King, A., Alaszewski, A. and Potter, J. (2009) Communicating Information to Stroke Survivors. Executive Summary. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Alaszewski, H. P., King, A., Alaszewski, A. and Potter, J. (2008) Communicating Information to Stroke Survivors. A pilot study. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Alaszewski, A. and Alaszewski, H. P. (2008) Empowering older people through technology: Academic Review of the iContact Project conducted by Acting Up. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Alaszewski, A. and Cappello, R. (2006) Piloting Telecare in Kent County Council: The Key lessons, Final Report - 2006. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/24D6EDC9-7B5B-4132-A636-ECEC9505D448/10055/telecarefinalreport.pdf.
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