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’s citizenship got to do with mental health? Rationale for inclusion of citizenship as part of a mental health strategy
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola, Stewart Ailsa, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
Journal of Public Mental Health (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)
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)
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)
A Healthy Start? Experiences of Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women in Scotland
Fassetta Giovanna, Da Lomba Sylvie, Quinn Neil

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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
New Scots National Health Strategy Group (External organisation)
Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) group (External organisation)

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Child and family health: prevention and inequalities
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
Health citizenship and use of the arts
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
The asylum process and access to maternity care services - Glasgow case study
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Health and Human Rights: Participatory Action Research
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016

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