I am a Research Fellow at the at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health. I am a social scientist and qualitative researcher with a PhD in international health and development from Queen Margaret University, where I explored the implementation of a particular maternal health policy implementation at community level.
I have significant expertise in qualitative methods and qualitative analysis, as well as in qualitative evidence synthesis ( particularly meta-ethnography). I have a growing interest in new forms of data visualisation of qualitative data and more participatory qualitative methods ( photovoice, walking interviews, thought bubbles, timelines, body mapping).
Prior to working in Academia, I worked for over a decade for various international development organisations in the UK, including as a programmes officer for the UKNC for UNESCO.
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A development opportunity for academic/research staff across the institution.
My research is in the area health behavioural change and policy making (around alcohol and tobacco harm, household air pollution, maternal health, first response to RCTs) both in the UK and LMIC, with a specific focus on community perceptions, community engagement and mobilization.
At the ISMH i am a co-applicant on the following projects:
** IRAPS: Interdisciplinary Research into political interest, civil society support and available data to strengthen Alcohol Policy Systems in Brazil and Peru
** A meta-ethnography of how children and young people with chronic non-cancer pain and their families experience and understand their condition, pain services and treatments
And I also work as a researcher on the following projects:
Ford A, Uny I, Lowes J, Naughton F, Cooper S, Coleman T, Hajek P, Przulj D, Myers Smith K, Bauld L, Sinclair L, Walton R, Clark M & Ussher M (2021) A Qualitative Study of Factors Influencing Adherence Among Pregnant Women Taking Part in a Trial of E-cigarettes for Smoking Cessation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (2), Art. No.: 430. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020430
Fitzgerald N, Uny I, Brown A, Eadie D, Ford A, Lewsey J & Stead M (2021) Managing COVID-19 transmission risks in bars: an interview and observation study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 82 (1), pp. 42-54. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2021.82.42
Abhyankar P, Wilkinson J, Berry K, Wane S, Uny I, Aitchison P, Duncan E, Calveley E, Mason H, Guerrero K, Tincello D, McClurg D, Elders A, Hagen S & Maxwell M (2020) Implementing pelvic floor muscle training for women with pelvic organ prolapse: a realist evaluation of different delivery models. BMC Health Services Research, 20 (1), Art. No.: 910. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05748-8
Dobbie F, Uny I, Jackson S, Brown J, Aveyard P & Bauld L (2020) Vaping for weight control: findings from a qualitative study. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 12, Art. No.: 100275. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100275
Cox S, Ford A, Li J, Best C, Tyler A, Robson D, Bauld L, Hajek P, Uny I, Parrott S & Dawkins L (2020) Exploring the uptake and use of electronic cigarettes provided to smokers accessing homeless centres: a four-centre cluster feasibility study. Public Health Research.
McCarron A, Uny I, Caes L, Lucas S, Semple S, Ardrey J & Price H (2020) Solid fuel users' perceptions of household solid fuel use in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review. Environment International, 143, Art. No.: 105991. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105991
Dawkins L, Bauld L, Ford A, Robson D, Hajek P, Parrott S, Best C, Li J, Tyler A, Uny I & Cox S (2020) A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain. PLoS ONE, 15 (10), Art. No.: e0240968. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240968
Dobbie F, Uny I, Eadie D, Duncan E, Stead M, Bauld L, Angus K, Hasseld L, MacInnes L & Clegg G (2020) Barriers to bystander CPR in deprived communities: findings from a qualitative study. PLoS ONE, 15 (6), Art. No.: 0233675. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233675
Sinclair L, McFadden M, Tilbrook H, Mitchell A, Keding A, Watson J, Bauld L, Kee F, Torgerson D, McKell J, Hoddinott P, Harris FM, Uny I, Ussher M & Tappin D (2020) The Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy Incentives Trial (CPIT): study protocol for a phase III randomised controlled trial. Trials, 21 (1), Art. No.: 183. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-4042-8
de Kok BC, Uny I, Immamura M, Bell J, Geddes J & Phoya A (2020) From Global Rights to Local Relationships: Exploring Disconnects in Respectful Maternity Care in Malawi. Qualitative Health Research, 30 (3), pp. 341-355. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319880538
Jackson SE, Brown J, Aveyard P, Dobbie F, Uny I, West R & Bauld L (2019) Vaping for weight control: A cross-sectional population study in England. Addictive Behaviors, 95, pp. 211-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.04.007
France EF, Cunningham M, Ring N, Uny I, Duncan EAS, Jepson RG, Maxwell M, Roberts RJ, Turley RL, Noyes J, Booth A, Britten N, Flemming K, Gallagher I & Garside R (2019) Improving reporting of Meta-Ethnography: The eMERGe Reporting Guidance [eMERGe Reporting Guidance]. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75 (5), pp. 1126-1139. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13809
Uny I, de Kok B & Fustukian S (2019) Weighing the options for delivery care in rural Malawi: community perceptions of a policy promoting exclusive skilled birth attendance and banning traditional birth attendants. Health Policy and Planning, 34 (3), pp. 161-169. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czz020
Abhyankar P, Uny I, Semple K, Wane S, Hagen S, Wilkinson J, Guerrero K, Tincello D, Duncan E, Calveley E, Elders A, McClurg D & Maxwell M (2019) Women's experiences of receiving care for pelvic organ prolapse: a qualitative study. BMC Women's Health, 19, Art. No.: 45. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-019-0741-2
France EF, Cunningham M, Ring N, Uny I, Duncan E, Jepson RG, Maxwell M, Roberts RJ, Turley RL, Booth A, Britten N, Flemming K, Gallagher I, Garside R & Hannes K (2019) Improving reporting of Meta-Ethnography The eMERGe Reporting Guidance. Psycho-Oncology, 28 (3), pp. 447-458. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4915
Cunningham M, France EF, Ring N, Uny I, Duncan EA, Roberts RJ, Jepson RG, Maxwell M, Turley RL & Noyes J (2019) Developing a reporting guideline to improve meta-ethnography in health research: the eMERGe mixed-methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 7 (4), pp. 1-116. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr07040
France EF, Uny I, Ring N, Turley RL, Maxwell M, Duncan EAS, Jepson RG, Roberts RJ & Noyes J (2019) A methodological systematic review of meta-ethnography conduct to articulate the complex analytical phases. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19, Art. No.: 35. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-019-0670-7
France EF, Cunningham M, Ring N, Uny I, Duncan EAS, Jepson RG, Maxwell M, Roberts RJ, Turley RL, Booth A, Britten N, Flemming K, Gallagher I, Garside R & Hannes K (2019) Improving reporting of meta-ethnography: the eMERGe reporting guidance. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19, Art. No.: 25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-018-0600-0
France E, maxwell m, duncan e, uny i & ring n (2019) What’s meta-ethnography and how do you do it? (workshop). The Annual Conference of the Academic Departments of General Practice in Scotland (ADEGS), Carnoustie, Scotland, 24.01.2019-25.01.2019.
France EF, Cunningham M, Ring N, Uny I, Duncan EAS, Jepson RG, Maxwell M, Roberts RJ, Turley RL, Booth A, Britten N, Flemming K, Gallagher I, Garside R & Hannes K (2019) Improving reporting of meta-ethnography: The eMERGe reporting guidance. Review of Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3147
Uny I (2018) Weighing the options for delivery care in rural Malawi: community perceptions of the 2007 policy promoting facility deliveries and banning traditional birth attendants.. BSA 50th Anniversary Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Glasgow, 12.09.2018-14.09.2018.
Uny I & France E (2018) Can we apply CERQual to ‘higher order’ findings? (Presentation) [Meta-ethnography as an example]. GRADE-CERQual workshop: "Strengthening the use of qualitative evidence in decision making’", Brocher Foundation, Geneva, 07.11.2018-09.11.2018.
Uny I, France E & Noblit GW (2018) Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education. In: Kakos M & Fritzsche B (eds.) Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis in Education - Challenges, Aims and Possibilities. London: Routledge. https://www.crcpress.com/Meta-Ethnographic-Synthesis-in-Education-Challenges-Aims-and-Possibilities/Kakos-Fritzsche/p/book/9781138491199
Dobbie F, Angus K, Uny I, Duncan E, MacInnes L, Hasseld L & Clegg G (2018) Protocol for a systematic review to identify the barriers and facilitators to deliver bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in disadvantaged communities. Systematic Reviews, 7 (1), Art. No.: 143. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0807-5
Hagen S, Abhyankar P, Maxwell M, Wilkinson J, Semple K, Wane S & Uny I (2018) Experiences of women receiving care for pelvic organ prolapse: are services women-centred?. Unmoderated ePoster. International Urogynaecological Association Annual Meeting 2018, Vienna, Austria, 27.06.2018-30.06.2018.
France E, Uny I, Ring N, Jepson R, Noyes J, Maxwell M, Duncan E, Turley R, Cunningham M & Roberts R (2018) What's a meta-ethnography and how do you do it? (Presentation) International Institute for Qualitative Methods 16th Conference, Banff, Canada, 29.04.2018-03.05.2018.
Uny I, France E & Noblit GW (2017) Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education. Ethnography and Education, 12 (2), pp. 243-257. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2017.1282320
France E, Ring NA, Noyes J, Maxwell M, Jepson R, Duncan E, Turley R, Jones D & Uny I (2015) Protocol-developing meta-ethnography reporting guidelines (eMERGe). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 15 (1), Art. No.: 103. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-015-0068-0
Uny I (2008) Factors and motivations contributing to community volunteers' participation in a nursery feeding project in Malawi. Development in Practice, 18 (3), pp. 437-445. https://doi.org/10.1080/09614520802030649