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Dr Justine Gallagher

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Dr Justine Gallagher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing.

Her doctoral research explored women’s stories of infant feeding practice in an area of the North East of England with low rates of breastfeeding using a biographical narrative approach.

Alongside her research, Justine currently teaches on the BA (Hons) Childhood and Early Years programme, having previously taught on a range of other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She has a keen interest in employability and supports students with fieldwork and placement opportunities.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, Justine worked in Sure Start Children’s Centres. She has a wealth of experience of working with parents and families as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  

Justine Gallagher

Campus Address

Room G210, Coach Lane Campus East



Research interests include infant feeding, parenting and narrative methodologies. She has a developing interest in Student Parents, Employability and Genealogy.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Infant feeding choices among Panamanian mothers: A qualitative study, De La Cruz, D., Lee, R., Gallagher, J. 1 Oct 2023, In: Food Science and Nutrition
  • Infant Feeding in Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Stories, Choice and Influence, Gallagher, J. 12 Jun 2017, Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives
  • Women's Stories of Infant Feeding in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gallagher, J. 13 Jun 2017, Begin Before Birth Conference
  • Women's Stories of Infant Feeding in the North East of England, Gallagher, J. 6 Jul 2016, Northumbria University Postgrad Conference 2016
  • Women's Stories of Infant Feeding in the North East of England, Gallagher, J. 7 Jun 2016, 1001 Critical Days, So What?
  • Using a biographical methodological approach to explore infant feeding choices in Newcastle upon Tyne, England., Gallagher, J. 26 Aug 2015, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
  • Using a biographical narrative methodology to listen to women’s ‘infant feeding stories’ in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gallagher, J., James, D. Dec 2015, In: Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Using a biographical narrative methodology to listen to women's 'infant feeding stories' in Newcastle upon Tyne, England., Gallagher, J. 12 Jun 2015, Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives
  • The Wider Family Learning Nexus: “It’s still all to play for!”, Goss, J., Gallagher, J., McKenna, L. 14 Mar 2013, Improving Lives: the power of football
  • The wider family learning nexus: a social impact evaluation study through football, Goss, J., Gallagher, J., McKenna, L. 29 Mar 2012, North East Universities (3 Rivers Consortium) Learning and Teaching Conference

  • Social Studies/Science PhD February 23 2023
  • Education PGCE June 25 2010
  • Teacher Training Advanced Diploma June 25 2009
  • Education BA (Hons) November 29 2006


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