I am a sociologist with a particular interest in ethnographic and qualitative research methods.  My research focuses primarily on infection prevention control and enhancing patient safety by reducing healthcare associated infections and complications.  I combine this work with a keen interest in historical sociology and the impact of class and place upon social, cultural and economic life.

I have worked at three universities in the UK.  I have a first class honours degree in sociology and a PhD, both from Cardiff University.  I have undertaken research and policy work for the Welsh Refugee Council, and have been a member of the Welsh Assembly Government ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Strategy Advisory Group.  


  1. Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Meudell, A., Hunt, J., Fitzsimmons, D., & Fitzsimmons, D. Study protocol: a mixed methods study to assess mental health recovery, shared decision-making and quality of life (Plan4Recovery). BMC Health Services Research, 16(1)
  2. Hunt, J., Sanchez, A., Tadd, W., & O'Mahony, S. Organizational culture and performance in health care for older people: a systematic review. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 22(03), 218-234.
  3. Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Meudell, A., Jones, M., Hunt, J., Fitzsimmons, D., & Fitzsimmons, D. Quality of life, recovery and decision-making: a mixed methods study of mental health recovery in social care. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 54(6), 715-723.

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  • Antimicrobial resistance in the community: Impacting public cognition and behaviour to limit AMR (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Julian Hunt
    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof John Gammon