AboutEPPI-Centre Staff




Ann Oakley

Founding Director of the Social Science Research Unit and EPPI-Centre. Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

Interests: Gender, health, methodology and evidence-informed public policy; theories of knowledge construction.


David Gough

Director of the EPPI-Centre. Professor of Evidence-informed Policy and Practice

Interests: Development of methods of systematic review and the study of research use.


Sandy Oliver

Director of the Social Science Research Unit and Deputy Director of the EPPI-Centre. Professor of Public Policy

Interests: Making knowledge more democratic, through public involvement in doing and using research, and synthesising and sharing research literature.


Mark Newman

Associate Director of the EPPI-Centre. Reader in Evidence-informed Policy and Practice in Education and Social Policy

Interests: Developing methods and processes for systematic reviews for policy and practice decision making across social policy; capacity building amongst practitioners, researchers and policymakers to produce, critically appraise and utilize research evidence; methods for the design and evaluation of effective learning environments in professional and clinical education.


Rebecca Rees

Associate Director of the EPPI-Centre. Senior Lecturer in Evidence Informed Policy and Practice

Interests: Synthesis of studies of people's perspectives on social phenomena and in participatory approaches to research in public health.


James Thomas

Associate Director of the EPPI-Centre. Professor of Social Research and Policy. Director of the EPPI-Centre's Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England

Interests: Developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies such as text mining in research. 



Research methods


Mukdarut Bangpan

Research Officer

Interests: Social interventions; gender, health and well-being of children and women in developing countries; systematic reviews in international development.


Preethy D'Souza

Research Associate


Kelly Dickson

Research Officer

Interests: Systematic reviews in education and social care and working with review groups to undertake systematic reviews.


Kate Hinds

Research Officer

Interests: the relationship between funders and their grant holders, particularly partnerships that support learning from practice.


Dylan Kneale

Research Officer

Interests: Exploring methods and practice in evidence-based policy-making; policy analysis; longitudinal analysis; neighbourhood and contextual effects; transitions to adulthood; housing and health; and ageing and ageing policy.



Irene Kwan

Research Officer i.kwan@ucl.ac.uk

Interests: Systematic review methodology and their application to the development of NICE social care guidelines.


Sarah Lester

Research Officer

Interests: Systematic reviews in health, social care and well-being; approaches to involving service users in research processes; research on research use.


Chris Maidment

Research Associate


Alison O'Mara-Eves

Senior Research Officer

Interests: Meta-analysis & systematic review methods; technologies to assist systematic reviewing; social psychology; education; and public health.


Michelle Richardson

Research Officer

Interests: Applying mixed methods to synthesise evidence in public health and health promotion; developing tools to characterise the elements of interventions.


Karen Schucan Bird

Research Officer

Interests: Social research methods including systematic review methodology, and visual research in social science; Gender issues, women and higher education; Visual methods and knowledge exchange. 



Jonathan Sharples

Professorial Research Associate




Ian Shemilt      

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Evidence Synthesis Methodology


Interests:  Improving policy and practice decisions through the development and application of approaches to evidence synthesis that combine economics and systematic review methods.


Antonia Simon

Research Officer and Programme Lead, MSc Systematic Reviews for Social Policy and Practice


Interests: Social research methods, including secondary analysis of large-scale data, administrative data and systematic review methodology; childcare; early years; children’s wellbeing; children’s diets; and trends in ethnicity and poverty. 


Claire Stansfield

Research Officer

Interests: Information management support; advice and guidance to other research projects in health promotion, international development and related fields.


Ruth Stewart

Research Officer

Interests: Research with service users, practitioners and policy-makers in health and education, facilitating and researching user-involvement in evidence-informed decision-making; international development.


Gillian Stokes

Research Officer

Interests: Medicine, public health and developing methods in evidence-based health policy; discourse analysis methods; Bakhtinian theory; intrapersonal role conflict theory; children's rights.



Katy Sutcliffe

Research Officer

Interests: Children's participation in their health-care; approaches for integrating different types of research evidence in systematic reviews and approaches for supporting the implementation of review findings.

Jan Tripney

Lecturer in Social Policy

Interests: The influence of scientific evidence for policy and practice decision-making in education and other areas of social policy; the history and politics of evidence use, and the use and methodology of systematic reviews.


Carol Vigurs

Research Officer

Interests: Diabetes education; Children and young people; Young offenders; Youth at risk; Systematic reviews; rapid evidence assessment.


Information technology






Sergio Graziosi

Information Systems Manager


Patrick O'Driscoll

Senior Programmer



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