Dr Stephanie Steels

Lecturer

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Summary: Stephanie is a Lecturer in Social Work. Her research interests include social work, global public health, health inequalities, outcome measures, ageing and disability studies.

Location: Baines Wing

Teaching Commitments: Stephanie teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School of Healthcare. These include teaching research methods, public health and ageing populations. She is module leader for the Social Work module Human Growth, Behaviour and Development. She also supervises postgraduate students on their MA dissertations.

Overview

I joined the School of Healthcare as a Lecturer in Social Work in February 2014. Before this role, I was a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) at the Kobe Centre for Health Development, Japan, having completed her PhD at the University of Manchester.

I work at the intersection of public health and international development. My research interests include global public health, health inequalities, stakeholder engagement in health and social care and evidence-based policy making. I have undertaken research in the areas of social work, urban health, ageing and disability studies.

I am interested in the development and use of intergenerational policies for addressing issues associated with ageing populations, as well the global urban environment and the use of outcome measures for sustainable urban development. I am increasingly interested in the area of disability studies from a public health and social history perspective. I am also interested in the wider determinants of health and the concept of ‘health in all policies’. I have worked on research projects for NHS England, NHS Hospitals, the European Commission and World Health Organization, as well as companies in the private sector.

In addition, I work as a volunteer tutor for The People’s University which provides Masters level public health education for those in low and middle income countries via internet-based e-learning. I am a member of Ageing Well in Leeds Board (Leeds City Council) as a representative of the University of Leeds.  

Research:

I completed my doctoral research in 2012, which was centred on investigating the potential health implications of urbanisation in Vietnam, in addition to exploring NGO engagement with policy makers and government authorities in implementing public health policy. The EU Commission funded PhD study was nested within the European Urban Health Information Systems Project Part 2 (EURO-URHIS 2) project, a FP7 DG Research programme that developed a series of indicators deemed to be important to urban health.

Current projects:

NHS Quality Checkers: research funded by NHS England to evaluate and develop user led quality measures for people with learning disabilities, in partnership with Change (a national human rights organisation led by disabled people). 

Past projects:

Age-Friendly Cities: research in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) Kobe Centre on Health Development to develop a monitoring framework for the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities. This included developing a set of indicators to measure age-friendly interventions at the city (urban) level.

Child immunisations: an evaluation and audit for the National Health Service (NHS) focusing on inaccurate patient vaccination records on the Pennine Primary Care Trust Child Health Immunisation System.

Urban Health Indicators: research funded by the European Commission (FP7) to develop and implement a population health survey for a new set of urban health indicators as part of the European Urban Health Information System (EURO-URHIS 2) project.

Borobudur Temple: M.A study centred on exploring Indonesian identity, culture and livelihoods among residents who live next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Borobudur Temple, Indonesia).

Teaching commitments:

I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School of Healthcare. These include teaching research methods, public health and social work. I am a module leader for the Social Work module Human Growth, Behaviour and Development. I also supervise postgraduate students on their MA dissertations.