Mr Neil Quinn


Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

Neil Quinn is a Reader in Social Work and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Health Policy. He is an international leader in social work and public health has been invited to be a Visiting Professor at New York and Yale Universities.

He has a particular expertise in health inequalities, human rights and citizenship and has a specific commitment to working with vulnerable groups, including people with mental health problems, asylum seekers and refugees and people experiencing homelessness.

Neil has led a number of important research and knowledge exchange programmes. He is Principal Investigator of the Horizon 2020 Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partership, an ambitious 4-year international programme on mental health and social exclusion. He is also Principal Investigator on a national research and knowledge exchange programme on the right to health and participation. He is lead academic on a long-term programme with Barnardo's on young people's mental health. He has also recently secured two awards from the Chief Scientists Office on Covid-19: a programme on Covid-19 and mental health disparities and another on the psychosocial impact of Coronavirus social distancing on relatives of care home residents. 

He is engaged in a number of key national policy roles, including the Scottish Government's Covid-19 Mental Health Advisory Group, lead academic on Public Health Scotland's Covid-19 Inclusion Health Group and the Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) human rights group on health and social care. He has also been engaged in a range of high-profile international work as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights, co-author of Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives and the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children Handbook. He leads collaborations with Yale on health citizenship and New York University on social work and public health.  

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.


"The biggest barrier is to inclusion itself" : the experience of citizenship for adults with mental health problems
Cogan Nicola Ann, MacIntyre Gillian, Stewart Ailsa, Tofts Abigail, Quinn Neil, Johnston Gordon, Hamill Linda, Robinson John, Igoe Michael, Easton Duncan, McFadden Anne Marie, Rowe Michael
Journal of Mental Health (2020)
Collective citizenship : from citizenship and mental health to citizenship and solidarity
Quinn Neil, Bromage Billy, Rowe Michael
Social Policy and Administration (2019)
What's citizenship got to do with mental health? Rationale for inclusion of citizenship as part of a mental health strategy
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola Ann, Stewart Ailsa Elizabeth, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
Journal of Public Mental Health Vol 18, pp. 157-161 (2019)
Integration or Isolation? Refugees' Social Connections and Wellbeing
Strang Alison B, Quinn Neil
Journal of Refugee Studies, pp. 1-26 (2019)
Understanding citizenship within a health and social care context in Scotland using community based participatory research methods
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola, Stewart Ailsa, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
SAGE Research Methods Cases (2018)
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)

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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)

More professional activities


Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
International Strategic Partnership joint PhD cluster - City University of New York and NHS
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Health citizenship and use of the arts
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
Child and family health: prevention and inequalities
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) (H2020 MSCA RISE)
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Miller, Emma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
Citizenship Measure Project
Stewart, Ailsa (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017

More projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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