Dr Lydia Lewis

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Email address: Lydia.Lewis@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 32 3251 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Adult community learning, Feminist / gender perspectives, social perspectives in mental health, service user involvement.

About

I have a background in sociology and work across the areas of education and mental health.  My research and development work has focused on theoretically informed, applied sociological inquiry and knowledge exchange with the third sector.  In recent years I have developed a program of research and development work on adult community learning (ACL) and mental health. This has built on previous work in the area of service user involvement in the area of mental health. My current research is exploring creative practices in ACL and participatory arts settings in relation to  mutuality, mental health and wellbeing as part of a consortium program of research see:  

www.wlv.ac.uk/connectedcommunities

http://www.healthhumanities.org/creative_practice_mutual_recovery/

Research interests

  • Creative practices and mental health and wellbeing
  • Capabilities approach
  • Critical discourse analysis

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Sociological Association – active member and Sociology of Mental Health Study Group founder and lead convenor until September 2014; former Medical Sociology Group committee member.
  • Feminist and Women’s Studies Association – member.
  • Reviewer for a range of journals including Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Policy and Politics, Social Policy and Society and Social Science and Medicine.

Qualifications

  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Uk. MRC funded PhD in Sociology: Passed with no revisions; Post-Graduate Certificate in Research: Grade A
  • University of Wales College, Newport, Wales, UK. Post-Gradute Certificate in Education (Further Education): Distinction
  • York University, Toronto, Canada.  York University funded MA (Sociology): A+ Course Average
  • Aston University, Birmingham. BSc Combined Honours (Psychology & Social Studies) with integrated professional training: First Class

Publications

Publications

  • Lewis, L., Ecclestone, K. and Lund, P. (2016), Can a rules-based model illuminate resilience mechanisms? Pedagogy in Practice, 1 (2): 36-65
  • Lewis, L. (2015), ‘Responding to women’s alcohol misuse through mental health adult community learning’. In P. Staddon (Ed.), Women and Alcohol: Social Perspectives, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Lewis, L. (2014), ‘Responding to the mental health and wellbeing agenda in adult community learning’, Journal of Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19 (4): 357-377.
  • Lewis, L. (2014), ‘User involvement in mental health services: a case of power over discourse’, Sociological Research Online, 19 (1), ISSN: 1360-7804
  • Ecclestone, K. and Lewis, L. (2014) 'Interventions for resilience in educational settings: challenging discourses of risk and vulnerability', Journal of Education Policy, 29 (1): 195-216
  • Lewis, L. (2013), ‘Recognition Politics as a Human Rights Perspective on Users’ Experiences of Involvement in Mental Health Services’. In P. Staddon (ed.), Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Perspectives, Bristol: The Policy Press.
  • Crawford, P., Lewis, L., Brown, B. and Manning, N. (2013) 'Creative practice as mutual recovery in mental health'. Mental Health Review Journal,  18 (2): 55-64.
  • Lewis, L. (2012), The Capabilities Approach, Adult Community Learning and Mental Health, Community Development Journal Mental Health Special Issue, 47 (4): 522-37.
  • Lewis, L. (2012), ‘It’s people’s whole lives”: Gender, class and the emotion work of user involvement in mental health services.  Gender, Work and Organisation, 19 (3): 276-305.
  • Lewis, L. (2009), Politics of recognition: what can a human rights perspective contribute to understanding users’ experiences of involvement in mental health services? Social Policy and Society, 8 (2): 257-274.
  • Lewis, L. (2009), Mental Health and Human Rights: A Common Agenda for Service User/ Survivor and Women’s Groups?  Policy and Politics, 37 (1): 75-92.
  • Lewis, L. (2009), Introduction: Mental Health and Human Rights: Sociological and Social Policy Perspectives.  Social Policy and Society (themed section), 8 (3).
  • Lewis, L. (2007), Epistemic Authority and the Gender Lens. The Sociological Review, 55 (2): 273-92.
  • Rogers, A., Lewis, L. and Woodward, L. (2007), Re-locating the sociology of mental health and illness: introduction.  Journal of Mental Health (special issue), 16 (3).
  • Lewis, L. (2005), User Involvement within Scottish Mental Health Policy: Locating Power and Inequality. Scottish Affairs, 51: 79-107.
  • Lewis, L. (2003), Shared decision-making in psychiatric consultations: the need to bridge the gap between user and provider perspectives.  Mental Health Nursing, 23 (6): 4-6.

Editorials

  • Lewis, L. (2009), ‘Mental health and human rights: social policy and sociological perspectives’, Social Policy and Society (themed section), 8(2): 211-4.
  • Rogers, A., Lewis, L. and Woodward, L. (2007), ‘Re-locating the sociology of mental health and illness’, Journal of Mental Health (special issue), 16(3):287-9.

Practitioner Publications and Reports

  • Lewis L, Henson J, Wood A & Chapman L with Cooke A, Snowdon L & White C (2013), WEA Community Health Education in Stoke-on-Trent (CHEST) Project: Women’s Boot Camp, Cobridge. Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) Report. University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Workers’ Educational Association, Inukshuk Consultancy and SLaM NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Lewis, L. (2012), “You become a person again”: Mental Health and Community Learning. Research Briefing, the Workers’ Educational Association. Available: http://www.wea.org.uk/about/resources/publications
  • Lewis, L. (2012), “You become a person again”: Situated resilience through mental health adult community learning. Research Report. University of Birmingham for the Workers’ Educational Association. (Summary report also available at the web address above.)
  • Cotton, A. and Lewis, L. (2011), A Difficult Alliance? Making Connections between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Research and Practice Agendas. Briefing Paper from British Sociological Association Mental Health Study Group symposium (Edgehill University, 7th June), September. Available: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/groups/medsocmharchive.aspx
  • Lewis, L. (2010), Patient Choice in the Treatment of Diabetes: The Role of Information Provision. Literature Review. Report submitted to the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust, January.
  • Lewis, L. (2004), User Involvement in Mental Health Services in Grampian. Briefing paper published at the University of Aberdeen, November.
  • Entwistle, V., Lewis, L. and O’Donnell, M. (2001), Monitoring and Evaluating Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services (PALSs) and Patient Forums (PFs).  Submitted to NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire Research and Development Directorate and Modernisation Team, September.
  • Lewis, L. (1997), Evaluating the effectiveness of substitute prescribing for amphetamine users in terms of psychological health, social functioning and motivation for change.  In collaboration with the Community Drugs Project for West Birmingham, August.
  • Lewis, L. and Castleton, J. (1996), Drugs and Breaking the Law: Cause, Effect or Close Association?  Submitted to Dudley Probation Service, July.

Conference Presentation

  • 2012 (Sept.) “You become a person again”: Situated Resilience through Mental Health Adult Community Learning, British Sociological Association (BSA) Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, University of Leicester.
  • 2012 (July) Promoting adult wellbeing through targeted mental health community learning. University of Birmingham Institute of Advanced Studies seminar, Evaluating policy and practice interventions that aim to promote wellbeing and resilience (co-organiser).
  • 2011 (Sept.) The Capabilities Approach, Adult Community Learning and Mental Health.  Assets for Health and Well-being Across the Life Courseconference, The British Library, London. Organised by The Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire.
  • 2011 (Sept.) A Difficult Alliance? Making Connections between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Research and Practice Agendas, Briefing paper from BSA Mental Health Study Group event (Edgehill University, 7th June). BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, University of Chester. [With Angela Cotton.]
  • 2011 (April) The Capabilities Approach, Adult Community Learning and Mental Health. International panel on Education & Mental Health (convenor), BSA Annual Conference, London. [With Piet Bracke and Paul Godin, co-presenters.]
  • 2010 (July) Research based learning in Education Studies: Critical reflections and ways forward, British Educational Studies Association Annual Conference, Bangor. [With Graham Downes.]
  • 2010 (April) ”It’s people’s whole lives”: Gender, class and the emotion work of user involvement in mental health services. Panel, ‘Service user and carer involvement in health services: organisational constraints in the gap between policy and practice, Seventh Biennial International Conference on Organisational Behaviour in Health Care,University of Birmingham. [With Graham Martin, Andrew Gibson and Celia Davies.] Joint winner of best paper award.

Posters

  • Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual Recovery through Communities of Creative Connection: The roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives. Poster presentation at the launch of the Centre for Social Futures in Mental Health, Institute of mental health, Nottingham, Dec. 2013.
  • Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual Recovery through Communities of Creative Connection: The roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives. Poster presentation to the WEA Annual Conference, October.
  • Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual Recovery through Communities of Creative Connection: The roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives. Poster presentation to the Connected Communities Showcase Event, Edinburgh, July.

Invited Presentations

  • 2013 (April), “You become a person again”: Situated resilience through mental health adult community learning, Invited contribution to the Royal College of Nursing Research Group seminar series, University of Warwick.
  • 2008 (October), Politics of recognition: what can a human rights perspective contribute to understanding users’ experiences of involvement in mental health services? Invited contribution to the University of the West of England School of Health and Social Care seminar series.
  • 2008 (May) ‘Politics of recognition: what do users’ experiences of involvement in mental health services mean for research?’ Invited contribution to the University of Teeside School of Health and Social Care Climbing the Participation Ladder seminar series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous professional experience

  • Education Studies (Bath Spa)
  • Sociology of Education (Bath Spa, Aston, Herefordshire College of Technology)
  • Social Policy (Bath Spa)
  • Sociology of Mental Health (Warwick, Aberdeen)
  • Medical Sociology and Critical Health Policy (Warwick, Aberdeen)
  • Feminist Sociology and Women’s Studies (Bath Spa, Aberdeen)
  • Psychology (Herefordshire College of Technology)
  • Qualitative research methodologies (Bath Spa, Warwick)
  • The politics and ethics of research (Birmingham, Warwick, Bath Spa)
  • Quantitative research methods (Aberdeen)

Further information

  • Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) – Ambassador (invited and appointed role)
  • Bridging Lead for Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery consortium