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Dr Sonia Dalkin

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Dr Sonia Dalkin is an Associate Professor of Applied Health Research in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. She is also a member of Fuse (the centre for translational research in public health) and co-leads the Healthy Ageing Research Programme.

Sonia Dalkin

Campus Address

H005, Coach Lane Campus East

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Sonia has specific interests in palliative care and complex social interventions. These subjects require a diverse methodology with an emphasis on mixed methods and realist approaches. Accordingly, Sonia has significant experience in realist approaches, providing training in the approach throughout the UK and internationally. In 2018 she co-authored ‘Doing Realist Research’, published by Sage. Her work portfolio reflects her realist experience with projects in palliative care, long term conditions and public health.

In 2018 Sonia launched the Northern Realist Research Team Hub (NoRTH). NoRTH comprises an experienced team of researchers based at Northumbria University with established regional, national and international links, who have expertise in and are regularly using and developing realist approaches to research.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Attracting, recruiting and retaining nurses and care workers working in care homes: the need for a nuanced understanding informed by evidence and theory, Devi, R., Goodman, C., Dalkin, S., Bate, A., Wright, J., Jones, L., Spilsbury, K. 1 Jan 2021, In: Age and Ageing
  • Combining Realist approaches and Normalization Process Theory to understand implementation: a systematic review, Dalkin, S., Hardwick, R., Haighton, C., Finch, T. 26 Jun 2021, In: Implementation Science Communications
  • Towards a common purpose: a theoretical model for a whole system approach to physical activity developed in South Tees, Danks, K., Shearn, K., Dalkin, S., Fitzgerald, M., Broom, D. Mar 2021, In: Perspectives in Public Health
  • Using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS; NVivo) to assist in the complex process of realist theory generation, refinement and testing, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 2 Jan 2021
  • A critical exploration of professional jurisdictions and role boundaries in inter-professional end-of-life care in the community, Standing, H., Patterson, B., Dalkin, S., Exley, C., Brittain, K. 1 Dec 2020, In: Social Science and Medicine
  • ‘Everything takes too long and nobody is listening’: Developing theory to understand the impact of advice on stress and the ability to cope, Mustafa, J., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Forster, N., Carr, S., Dalkin, S. 23 Apr 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Exploring and understanding the scope and value of the Parkinson’s nurse in the UK (The USP Project): a realist economic evaluation protocol, Brown, S., Dalkin, S., Bate, A., Bradford, R., Allen, C., Brittain, K., Clarke, A., Hand, A. Oct 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • Information sharing challenges in end-of-life care: a qualitative study of patient, family and professional perspectives on the potential of an Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System, Standing, H., Patterson, B., Lee, M., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Bate, A., Exley, C., Brittain, K. Oct 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • Namaste Care in the home setting: Developing initial realist explanatory theories and uncovering unintended outcomes., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Kendall, N., Atkinson, J., Tolman, S. 22 Jan 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • Realist evaluation of the Football Association’s Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Coach Development, Redgate, S., Potrac, P., Boocock, E., Dalkin, S. 20 Nov 2020, In: Sport, Education and Society

PGR Supervision

  • Robin Hyde Exploring the impact of the Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner role within the hospital setting: a realist evaluation Start Date: 06/07/2021
  • Peter Dryden Start Date: 03/01/2019 End Date: 04/04/2020
  • Andrew Bailey Improving lives through the power of football: A realist evaluation of the Foundation of Light’s community and education programmes for children and young people Start Date: 02/01/2020


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