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Dr Emer Brangan

My background includes five years as an NHS clinical scientist (medical physics & clinical engineering), followed by ten years in international development (including project managing medical humanitarian intervention in DR Congo and Ethiopia, and an Economic & Social Research Council funded PhD studentship on prevention of noncommunicable disease in South Africa).  I joined Bristol Medical School in 2011.

My research interests include inequality and inequity as they relate to health, ontology and epistemology in public health, research ethics & methodology, and equitable research production. I prioritise applied and collaborative approaches to research, and research which is focused on implementation and impact pathways from inception.

My current Bristol Medical School role is a knowledge exchange fellowship working with local HIV support charity Brigstowe to further develop their peer support services (funded by an Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Award).  My main role is in the Nepal Injury Research Centre - a programme of research led by UWE in partnership with Kathmandu Medical College, the University of Bristol, and five non-governmental organisations. 

From 2014-2019 I was part of the ethnography team at the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the West (NIHR CLAHRC West).  As part of Bristol Medical School, I have also worked on NIHR funded studies on use of evidence in healthcare commissioning, and primary care factors in the use of unplanned secondary care.  I have contributed to the school's teaching via the behavioural and social sciences theme for medical undergraduates, the intercalated BSc in global health, and by supervising students working on projects in global health.

Research keywords

  • inequality
  • inequity
  • social determinants of health
  • wellbeing
  • epistemology
  • public health
  • sexual health
  • peer support
  • humanitarian intervention
  • injury
  • Nepal