Dr Katie Powell BA, MA, PhD

Research Fellow and University Teacher in Public Health

KPowell

Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office:  Room G045, Ground Floor, Regent Court

Tel:  +44 (0) 114 222 6120
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

email: k.powell@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-8936-9661

Biography

In 2003 I completed a BA degree in American Studies at the University of Birmingham.  Following my degree, I became a Welfare Officer at the University of Chester and completed an MA in Sociology at the University of Manchester.  I joined the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester as a Researcher in February 2007. 

I completed my PhD at the University of Chester, exploring, through a sociological perspective, the social processes through which area-based health initiatives are implemented in areas of socio-economic deprivation.  I joined ScHARR in December 2011 as a University Teacher in Public Health. 

Research Interests

I have an interest in the ways in which reproduction of disadvantage and deprivation can be influenced by social interventions and have varied experience evaluating public health initiatives such as Sure Start and Children's Fund projects.  Within my postgraduate dissertation I explored experiences of a mentoring scheme designed to encourage young people from socially deprived areas to apply to University.  This research used a qualitative approach, informed by Bourdieu's concepts of cultural capital and habitus, to explore to what extent and in what ways university mentors were able to influence school leavers' perceptions of higher education.

I am particularly interested in the ways in which health inequalities are shaped by social networks of interdependency and how this influences conceptualisations of 'place' and its relation to health.  I have a broader interest in experiences of inequality that are influenced by socio-eneonmic status, ethnicity, gender and disability.  I am interested in participatory action research as a means for exploring the experiences of disadvantaged groups and influencing social change.

I am currently involved in an evaluation of the Big Lottery's Big Local initiative, as part of team within the national School for Public Health Research funded by the National Institute for Health Research.  This project is seeking to understand how collective community control might be generated within more economically deprived communities in order to improve health.

Research Degree Supervision

Viola Casseti 2016 (expected to complete in 2019) How do peer/lay health interventions help to reduce inequalities in community health promotion interventions based on the salutogenic approach? A qualitative evaluation. Funded by the University of Sheffield Doctoral Academy Scholarship

Teaching Interests

I am interested in supporting students to develop an understanding of the social processes that shape experiences of health.  I currently lead the Social Determinants of Health Inequalities module on the Master of Public Health within ScHARR and perform the role of Dissertation Co-ordinator within the School.

Awarded a University of Sheffield Senate Award in 2014 for Collaborative Activities for the production of the University of Sheffield’s first Massive Open Online Courses.

 Professional Activities

  • Member of the BSA
  • Vice Chair of the School for Public Health Research Researchers' Network
  • Co-ordinator of University of Sheffield Coffee and Sociology study group
  • Co-ordinator of the Public Health Writing Group
  • Visiting Lecturer in Public Health at Hedmark University College, Norway

Publications

Orton L, Halliday E, Collins M, Egan M, Lewis S, Ponsford R, Powell K, Salway S, Townsend A, Whitehead M & Popay J. 2016. Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England. Critical Public Health.

Hibbah A O, Nicolaou M, Powell K, Terragni L, Maes L, Stronks K, Lien N, Holdsworth M. 2016. Systematic mapping review of the factors influencing dietary behaviour in ethnic minority groups living in Europe: a DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13:85

Powell K, Wilcox J, Clonan A, Bissell P, Preston L, Peacock M, Holdsworth M.  (2015)
The role of social networks in the development of overweight and obesity among adults: a scoping review.  BMC Public Health, 15, 996

Milton A, Buckner S, Salway S, Powell K, Moffatt S, Green J.
Understanding welfare conditionality in the context of a generational habitus: A qualitative study of older citizens in England.
(2015) Journal of Ageing Studies, 34, 113-122.

Powell K, Thurston M & Bloyce D.
Local status and power in area-based health improvement partnerships.
(2014) Health, 18(3)

Salway S, Carter L, Powell K, Turner D, Mir G, Ellison GTH.
Race equality and health inequalities: Towards more integrated policy and practice.
(2014) Better Health briefing paper 32.  Race Equality Foundation.

Ward F, Powell K & Thurston M.
RESPECT:  A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion.
(2008) On the Streets Impact Report.  Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Powell K & Thurston M.
Commissioning training for behaviour change interventions: evidence and best practice in delivery.
(2008) Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward F, Powell K, Thurston M & Cleary P.
Use and experiences of front-line health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic residents of Western Cheshire.
(2008) Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Powell K, Perry C & Thurston M.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Cheshire and Merseyside: perspectives of people with a sensory impairment.
(2008) Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward F, Powell K & Thurston M.
Understanding the impact of the Cheshire Children's Fund: findings from 11 family case studies.
(2007) Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Powell K, Perry C & Alford S.
Sure Start Widnes Children's Centres: an evaluation of a new programme.
(2007) Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Conference Presentations

Powell K. Conditional and Universal Welfare Benefits in the UK: Social Framings of Entitlement and the Implications for Wellbeing and Inequalities in Health. 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, July 15, 2016, Vienna.

Powell K.
Theorising processes of social change in an area-based health initiative: a developmental and relational approach.
(2013)  Presentation to the British Sociological Association Annual Medical Sociology Conference, University of York.

Powell K, Wilcox J, Holdsworth M, Clonan A, Bissell P & Preston L.
Do your friends make you fat?  The role of social networks in the development of obesity - a scoping review.
(2013) International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 22-25 May, Ghent (Belgium).

Clonan A, Powell K, Peacock M, Wilcox J, Bissell P & Holdsworth M.
Exploring how social networks influence weight behaviours in socially deprived communities.
(2013) International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 22-25 May, Ghent (Belgium).

Powell K, Wilcox J, Holdsworth M, Clonan A, Bissell P, Preston L.
Do your friends make you fat? The role of social networks in the development of obesity - a scoping review.
(2013)  European Congress of Obesity, 12-15th May, Liverpool.      

Powell K.
A figurational analysis of an area-based health initiative:  A vehicle for social change?  
(2011, 8 April) Presentation delivered to the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics.

Powell K.
Area-based initiatives as a vehicle for social change:  Assessing the scope for health improvement.
(2010, 24 March) Paper presented at the 18th UKPHA Annual Public Health Forum Conference, Bournemouth

Thurston M, Powell K.
Delivering evidence-based behaviour change interventions: A model that works?
(2009, 25 March) Paper presented at the 17th UKPHA Annual Public Health Forum Conference, Brighton

Ward F, Powell K & Thurston M.
The impact evaluation of the RESPECT Programme.
(2008, 4 November) Paper presented at the RESPECT Conference, Chester.

Thurston M, Powell K & Perry C.
Recruiting the 'hard to reach': Involving sensory impaired people in research.
(2007, 29 November) Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, Cambridge