Dr Isabelle Uny

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Social Marketing University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Isabelle Uny

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About me

About me

I am a social scientist and qualitative researcher specialising in global health issues. My primary research interests are twofold: i) Household air pollution in informal settlements ( particularly from cooking/heating on solid fuels); Geographical focus: Africa ii) alcohol harms and alcohol policy implementation analysis. Geographical focus: Africa and Latin America My expertise is also in the domain if research capacity strengthening in the Global South and with Global South Partners. The research projects I lead are embedded in community engagement , participation and action( and I have a growing interest in folk media methodologies). I have significant expertise in a number of qualitative methods ( interviews, observations, focus groups etc) and qualitative analysis ( grounded theory, thematic analysis, IPA) as well as in qualitative evidence synthesis ( particularly meta-ethnography). I have a growing interest and experience in new forms of data visualisation and participatory qualitative methods ( photovoice, walking interviews, visual mapping etc). I have been a mentor on the WHO Scientific Research and Writing Mentorship initiative towards diversity in research on alcohol control policies since 2022 I am a Board member of ICARA - the International Confederation of ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug) Research Associations (http://www.icara.info) , a consortium which works to support research associations with governance and capacity building. I am also an Academic Adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). 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.

Award

Stirling Crucible participant

A development opportunity for academic/research staff across the institution.


Mentor

WHO Scientific Research and Writing Mentorship initiative towards diversity in research on alcohol control policies
World Health Organization

https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/less-alcohol/news/mentorship-flyer.pdf


Research (11)

My primary research interests are twofold: i) Household air pollution in informal settlements ( particularly from cooking/heating on solid fuels); ii) alcohol harms and alcohol policy implementation analysis.

i) I recently led an AHRC -funded project called From fuel to pot (an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi ( 2021-2023). You can read more at https://www.stir.ac.uk/news/2023/april-2023-news/fuel-study-finds-staggering-pollution-levels-in-informal-settlements-in-africa/. Furthermore I was recently a Co-I on the COmmunities Facilitating incREasing Smoke-free Homes’ (CO-FRESH) project in Malaysia and Indonesia ( https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=MR%2FW027801%2F1)

ii) I am currently leading an MRC funded project evaluating policies regulating alcohol packaging in Uganda and Malawi and called RAPSSA (Regulating alcohol packaging and supply to protect health in Sub-Saharan Africa: lessons from policy systems in Malawi and Uganda (2022-2024; https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=MR%2FV015257%2F1). I am also a Co-Investigator on the MRC funded IRAPS project, an Interdisciplinary Research into political interest, civil society support and available data to strengthen Alcohol Policy Systems in Brazil and Peru( 2021-2024; https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=MR%2FT023139%2F1)

I am also the research capacity strengthening (RCS) lead on the 3 year MRC funded project called REMAP "Removing the marketing power of cigarettes: A multi-method study aimed at protecting the health of adolescents" ( 2022-2025; https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=MR%2FX004279%2F1)

As a global health researcher, I strive to apply a decolonised approach to my research with colleagues in the Global South.

Projects

Removing the marketing power of cigarettes: A multi-method study aimed at protecting the health of adolescents in Latin America
PI: Professor Crawford Moodie
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Babybreathe Trial (A randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to prevent return to smoking postpartum)
PI: Professor Michael Ussher
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

Regulating alcohol packaging and supply to protect health in Sub-Saharan Africa: lessons from policy systems in Malawi and Uganda (RAPSSA)
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Medical Research Council

COmmunities Facilitating incREasing Smoke-free Homes’ (CO-FRESH)
PI: Professor Sean Semple
Funded by: Medical Research Council

IRAPS: Interdisciplinary Research into political interest, civil society support and available data to strengthen Alcohol Policy Systems in Brazil and Peru
PI: Professor Niamh Fitzgerald
Funded by: Medical Research Council

From fuel to pot: an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi.
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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
PI: Dr Emma France
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

An exploration of the characteristics, perceptions and experiences of drink drivers in England and Scotland
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety

Exploring the Uptake and Use of Electronic Cigarettes Provided to Smokers Accessing Homeless Centres: A feasiblity Study
PI: Dr Allison Ford
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

The RTrT Partnership: Reducing Traffic-related Trauma - A community-based prevention and first-response programme intervention for Malawi and beyond
PI: Professor Edward Duncan
Funded by: Medical Research Council

E-cigarettes and Weight Control: An Exploratory Study
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Cancer Research UK

Outputs (56)

Outputs

Other

Uny I, Chamba M, Chasima T, Caes L, Kalumbi L, Orina F, Kambalame L, Semple S, Price H, Lucas S & Meme H (2023) The Fuel to Pot Project: An interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi., Edinburgh, 13.11.2023. https://rse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/RSE-AWG-scoping-project-report.pdf


Speech

France E, Caes L, Uny I, Forbat L, Silveira Bianchim M, Noyes J, Jordan A, Turley R & Thomson K (2023) How children and young people with chronic pain and their families experience and perceive pain services and treatments and living with pain: a meta-ethnography. Lothian Health and Care Professions Research Conference 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland, 07.11.2023.


Review

France E, Uny I, Turley R, Thomson K, Noyes J, Jordan A, Forbat L, Caes L & Silveira Bianchim M (2023) 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. Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group (Editor) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2023 (10), Art. No.: CD014873. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd014873.pub2


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Silveira Bianchim M, Jordan A, Uny I, Noyes J, Forbat L, Line C, Ruth T & France E (2023) Co-producing with children and young people for a meta-ethnography on experiences of chronic pain, treatments and services.. Abstracts of the 27th Cochrane Colloquium. Cochrane Colloquium, London, UK, 04.09.2023-06.09.2023. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd202301


Other

Uny I, Chasima T, Kambalame L, Caes L, Meme H, Kalumbi L, Price H, Chamba M, Lucas S & Semple S (2023) OP13 Undertaking photovoice in informal settlements in Kenya and Malawi: methodological learning from a qualitative study exploring solid fuel use, cooking and air pollution. Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts, 06.09.2023. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2023-ssmabstracts.13


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Uny I, Chasima T, Kambalame L, Caes L, Meme H, Kalumbi L, Price H, Chamba M, Lucas S & Semple S (2023) OP13 Undertaking photovoice in informal settlements in Kenya and Malawi: methodological learning from a qualitative study exploring solid fuel use, cooking and air pollution. Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts, Newcastle University, 06.09.2023-08.09.2023. https://jech.bmj.com/content/77/Suppl_1/A7.1; https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2023-ssmabstracts.13


Conference Proceeding

Mitchell G, O'Donnell R, Cook M, Uny I, Maxwell K, Emslie C & Fitzgerald N Later opening hours for alcohol licensed premises in Scotland amidst economic and social instability: local stakeholder experiences based on semi-structured interviews. In: , Johannesburg, South Africa, 05.06.2023-08.06.2023. 48th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Uny I, Sanchez Z, Piazza M, Valerio I, Burela P, Petticrew M, Angus C & Fitzgerald N (2023) A comparison of Alcohol Policy subsystems in Peru and Brazil: findings from a qualitative study. 48th Annual Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, Johannesburg, 05.06.2023-09.06.2023. https://www.kbs2023joburg.org/


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Uny I, Chasima T, Kambalame L, Caes L, Meme H, Kalumbi L, Price H, Chamba M, Lucas S, Semple S & Orina F (2023) Preliminary findings from a photovoice study of community members’ choice, experiences and perceptions around fuel use and cooking practices in Mukuru (Kenya) and Ndirande (Malawi). The KASH Conference, Nairobi, kenya, 13.02.2023-16.02.2023. https://www.kemri.go.ke/kash-14/#1571270387975-4b3b4eea-d7ab


Article

France E, Noyes J, Forbat L, Uny DI, Jordan A, Caes L & Turley R (2022) 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. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2022 (7), Art. No.: CD014873. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd014873


Meeting Abstract

France E, Turley R, Uny I, Forbat L, Caes L, Jordan A, Noyes J & Bianchim MS (2022) 522 A meta-ethnography of how children and young people with chronic pain and their families experience and perceive pain services and treatments and living with pain. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Liverpool. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 107 (Supplement 2), pp. A514-A515. https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2022-rcpch.828


Article

Zulkifli A, Abd Rani NL, Abdul Mutalib RNS, Dobson R, Engku Ibrahim TA, Abd Latif NH, O’Donnell R, Uny I, Zainal Abidin E & Semple S (2022) Measuring secondhand smoke in homes in Malaysia: A feasibility study comparing indoor fine particulate (PM2.5) concentrations following an educational feedback intervention to create smoke-free homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 20, Art. No.: 64. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/150338


Poster

France E, Turley R, Uny I, Forbat L, Caes L, Jordan A, Noyes J & Silveira Bianchim M (2022) A synthesis investigating how young people with chronic pain from sickle cell disease and their families experience and understand their condition, pain services and treatments. Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference 2022, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 07.04.2022-09.04.2022.


Poster

France E, Turley R, Uny I, Forbat L, Caes L, Jordan A, Noyes J & Silveria Bianchim M (2022) A synthesis investigating how young people with chronic pain from sickle cell disease and their families experience and understand their condition, pain services and treatments. 13th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Auckland New Zealand & online, 24.03.2022-27.03.2022.


Article

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


Article

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


Article

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


Article

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


Other

France E, Ring N, Cunningham M, Uny I, Duncan E, Robertson R, Jepson R, Maxwell M, Turley R & Noyes J (2019) Enhancing the impact of qualitative research findings: development of evidence-based reporting guidance for meta-ethnography. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Sheffield, UK, 03.09.2019-05.09.2019. https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/research-and-innovation/research-events/rcn-2019-research-conference


Article

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


Other

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.


Lecture

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.


Book Chapter

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


Article

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


Lecture

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.


Teaching

Teaching

I support teaching Units on the online module NURP024 - ( " Global Public Health policy").

I also co- supervise a PhD student on the DHET South Africa programme