I am a sociologist with a particular interest in ethnographic and qualitative research methods.  My research focuses primarily on infection prevention control and enhancing patient safety by reducing healthcare associated infections and complications.  I combine this work with a keen interest in historical sociology and the impact of class and place upon social, cultural and economic life.

I have worked at three universities in the UK.  I have a first class honours degree in sociology and a PhD, both from Cardiff University.  I have undertaken research and policy work for the Welsh Refugee Council, and have been a member of the Welsh Assembly Government ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Strategy Advisory Group.  


  1. Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Meudell, A., Hunt, J., Fitzsimmons, D., Fitzsimmons, D. Study protocol: a mixed methods study to assess mental health recovery, shared decision-making and quality of life (Plan4Recovery) BMC Health Services Research 16 1
  2. Hunt, J., Sanchez, A., Tadd, W., O'Mahony, S. Organizational culture and performance in health care for older people: a systematic review Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 22 03 218 234
  3. Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Meudell, A., Jones, M., Hunt, J., Fitzsimmons, D., Fitzsimmons, D. Quality of life, recovery and decision-making: a mixed methods study of mental health recovery in social care Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 54 6 715 723

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  • An Inpatient Antimicrobial Resistance Intervention to Impact Patient Cognition and Behaviour in Welsh Hospitals (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Julian Hunt
    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof John Gammon