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Mr Neil Quinn

Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy

Social Work

Personal statement

Neil Quinn is a Reader in Social Work and Social Policy, and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Health Policy. The Centre works across all faculties in collaboration with several local and international partners.

He has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has expertise in social work, health and human rights. His human rights work focuses on migration, mental health, homelessness and looked after children. He is leading a national research programme on the right to health for marginalised groups. He is engaged in a number of key national policy roles, including the Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) human rights group on health and social care and in a range of high-profile international work as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights, co-author of the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children Handbook and collaborations with Yale and New York University on health policy.  

He is committed to working in partnership with service users and communities and has 25 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health at a local, national and international level. He has led a major community development and health programme in one of Europe’s areas of highest deprivation, chaired the national Sanctuary programme working with asylum seekers and refugees and is on the steering group of People’s Health Movement Scotland. He is also a co-founder of the Declaration health and human rights arts festival.


Has expertise in:

    Neil's expertise lies in connecting policy, practice and research across different sectors. He has been an advisor on a range of health policy issues and is commited to tranlating this into making a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. He has strong capabilities in leadership and has co-developed the new Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde and has led a number of important initiatives, including a health policy collaboration with New York University.


What has economics got to do with it? The impact of socioeconomic factors on mental health and the case for collective action
Macintyre Anna, Ferris Daniel, Gonçalves Briana, Quinn Neil
Palgrave Communications Vol 4, (2018)
Developing family-based care : complexities in implementing the UN guidelines for the alternative care of children
Davidson Jennifer C., Milligan Ian, Quinn Neil, Cantwell Nigel, Elsley Susan
European Journal of Social Work Vol 20, pp. 754-769, (2017)
Moving forward : towards a rights-based paradigm for young people transitioning out of care
Quinn Neil, Davidson Jennifer, Milligan Ian, Elsley Susan, Cantwell Nigel
International Social Work Vol 60, pp. 140-155, (2017)
What do you mean, I have a right to health? Participatory action research on health and human rights
Abdulkadir Jann, Azzudin Amal, Buick Alan, Curtice Lisa, Dzingisai Mhurai, Easton Duncan, Frew Claire, Glinski Jenn, Holliday Derek, Knifton Lee, McLaughlin Douglas, Quinn Neil, Ramsay David
International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief, (2016)
Cross-national variations in reported discrimination among people treated for major depression worldwide : the ASPEN/INDIGO international study
Lasalvia Antonio, Van Bortel Tine, Bonetto Chiara, Jayaram Geetha, van Weeghel Jaap, Zoppei Silvia, Knifton Lee, Quinn Neil, Wahlbeck Kristian, Cristofalo Doriana, Lanfredi Mariangela, Sartorius Norman, Thornicroft Graham
British Journal of Psychiatry Vol 207, pp. 507-514, (2015)
Self-stigma as a mediator between social capital and empowerment among people with major depressive disorder in Europe : the ASPEN study
Lanfredi M, Zoppei S, Ferrari C, Bonetto C, Van Bortel T, Thornicroft G, Knifton L, Quinn N, Rossi G, Lasalvia A, null null
European Psychiatry : the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists Vol 30, pp. 58-64, (2015)

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Neil's primary teaching interests are in:

  • Global social work and migration
  • Community work and social movements
  • Health policy, especially health inequalities and mental health

Research interests

Neil's primary research interests are in social work, health and human rights, primarily in te area of migration and mental health. He has a strong commitment to community-based participatory research with citizens and communities. He is leading a major research programme on the 'right to health' with marginalised groups funded by NHS Health Scotland and linked to Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights. He is also collaborating with Yale on the development of a health citizenship tool for Scotland.

Professional activities

Declaration: Health and Human Rights Festival
Understanding the Gap
Declaration: health and human rights festival
City Health International Conference
Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) group (External organisation)
New Scots National Health Strategy Group (External organisation)

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Health citizenship and use of the arts
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Mar-2020
Child and family health: prevention and inequalities
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Mar-2020
The asylum process and access to maternity care services - Glasgow case study
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) (H2020 MSCA RISE)
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator) Miller, Emma (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2019
Citizenship Measure Project
Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Jun-2017
Exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients
Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Eckler, Petya (Co-investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Apr-2015

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