I am a Research Fellow at the at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health. I am a social scientist and qualitative researcher specialising in global health.
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 in 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 focuses on community perceptions, health behavioural change and policy making (around alcohol harm reduction, household air pollution, maternal health [ &tobacco/ alcohol harm], and first response to RCTs) both in the UK and in low and middle income countries.
At the ISMH, I am PI on the following project:
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.
I am also a co-applicant on the below projects:
a) IRAPS: Interdisciplinary Research into political interest, civil society support and available data to strengthen Alcohol Policy Systems in Brazil and Peru
b) 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
Fitzgerald N, Manca F, Uny I, Martin JG, O'Donnell R, Ford A, Begley A, Stead M & Lewsey J (2021) Lockdown and licensed premises: COVID-19 lessons for alcohol policy. Drug and Alcohol Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.13413
Cox S, Ford A, Li J, Best C, Tyler A, Robson D, Bauld L, Hajek P, Uny I, Parrott S & Dawkins L (2021) Exploring the uptake and use of electronic cigarettes provided to smokers accessing homeless centres: a four-centre cluster feasibility study. Public Health Research, 9 (7). https://doi.org/10.3310/phr09070
Fitzgerald N, Uny I, Brown A, Eadie D, Ford A, Stead M & Lewsey J (2021) Managing COVID-19 transmission risks in bars: Insights for policymakers and practitioners. Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office. Stirling. https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/public-policy-hub/policy-briefings/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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, 7 (2), pp. 430-451. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3147
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.
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