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Dr Mel Steer

VC Fellow

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health


  • PGCE June 22 2015
  • Social Policy PhD June 11 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests include social policy, poverty, social inequality, the social determinants of health and health inequality, austerity and changes to the welfare state and welfare reform. I’m also interested in housing, crime and community safety and applying research findings to policy and practice to effect positive social change.

I'm interested in realist evaluation as a method to understand complex social policy issues, complexity theory and case-based methods such as qualitative comparative analysis and cluster analysis to develop understanding of cases and how and why outcomes vary.

Key Publications

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  • Does domiciliary welfare rights advice improve health-related quality of life in independent-living, socio-economically disadvantaged people aged ≥60 years? Randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluations in the North East of England, Howel, D., Moffatt, S., Haighton, K., Bryant, A., Becker, F., Steer, M., Lawson, S., Aspray, T., Milne, E., Vale, L., McColl, E., White, M. 10 Jan 2019, In: PLoS One
  • Link workers’ perspectives on factors enabling and preventing client engagement with social prescribing, Wildman, J., Moffatt, S., Penn, L., O'Brien, N., Steer, M., Hill, C. 1 Jul 2019, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation of domiciliary welfare rights advice for socio-economically disadvantaged older people, recruited via primary health care (the Do-Well Study), Haighton, K., Moffatt, S., Howel, D., Steer, M., Becker, F., Bryant, A., Lawson, S., McColl, E., Vale, L., Milne, E., Aspray, T., White, M. 19 Jan 2019, In: Public Health Research
  • Service-users' perspectives of link worker social prescribing, Wildman, J., Moffatt, S., Steer, M., Laing, K., Penn, L., O'Brien, N. Dec 2019, In: BMC Public Health
  • A qualitative exploration of stakeholder perceptions of the implementation of place-based working and its potential to reduce health inequality, Steer, M., Machin, A. Dec 2018, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Link Worker social prescribing to improve health and well-being for people with long-term conditions, Moffatt, S., Steer, M., Lawson, S., Penn, L., O'Brien, N. 16 Jul 2017, In: BMJ Open
  • Mental Health Street Triage, Dyer, W., Steer, M., Biddle, P. Dec 2015, In: Policing

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