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Natalie Forster

Senior Research Assistant

Department: Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Natalie is a Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, and a member of Fuse (The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health).

Her research interests centre on the health of marginalised and socially excluded groups, in particular Gypsy and Traveller Communities. Natalie has been involved in a number of evaluations of public health interventions including outreach interventions for Traveller Communities and has experience in the use of realist evaluation and synthesis to understand complex public health interventions. Natalie’s ongoing PhD research uses narrative methodology informed by post-structuralism to explore the stories told about Traveller Community health both by Gypsies and Travellers themselves and public health practitioners. Natalie teaches on the Masters of Public Health.

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Room H005, Coach Lane Campus East

0191 215 6498


  • BA (Hons) Professional Practice and Advice Guidance and Counselling, Northumbria University
  • PG Cert Public Health, Northumbria University

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Area of Research:

Natalie has been involved in a number of evaluations of health improvement interventions in the CHESs Research Centre as well as a systematic review of the effectiveness of health-related lifestyle advisors. She has recently begun studying for a PhD exploring public health approaches to Gypsies and Traveler Communities.


Area of interest/specialism:

Natalie has a particular interest in the health of marginalised and excluded groups, and in the development of culturally appropriate health services. Natalie’s methodological interests are in the application of discourse analysis, postmodern and post-structuralist approaches to research in these areas. 

  • The health of socially excluded groups
  • Health identity
  • Narrative methodology
  • Postmodern and post-structuralist research approaches to research
  • Evaluation of complex public health interventions
  • Realist evaluation
  • Realist synthesis


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