Reporting Guidance

eMERGe Project Team

Dr Emma France

(Principal investigator (PI), maternity leave from August 2016)- (PhD in psychology, MA honours)

Based at the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Research Unit (NMAHP-RU) at the University of Stirling.  Emma is a senior lecturer in the NMAHP-RU, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling. Her background is in social science (psychology) and health services research. She has expertise in meta-ethnography, non-Cochrane systematic reviewing and mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) studies. Her research focuses on qualitative synthesis methodologies and families and health.

Dr Edward Duncan

(PI, maternity leave cover from August 2016)- (PhD, DIP CBT, BSc (Hons))

Eddie is an associate professor in applied health research at the NMAHP Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling.  He has expertise in the development and evaluation of complex allied health profession interventions; realist evaluation; and consensus methods. He is the joint lead developer of the Stirling eDelphi Platform ©.

Professor Margaret Maxwell

(PhD, MA honours) of NMAHP-RU at the University of Stirling is Professor of Mental Health and the deputy director of the NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University

Background in social science (sociology), highly experienced qualitative researcher and project manager of mixed methods studies, experience of conducting systematic reviews including realist synthesis, previous member of Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guideline development group.

Dr Nicola Ring

University of Stirling (PhD, MSc, BSc, Dip HV, RGN and RSCN)

Nicola is an associate professor in the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University has a background in the generation and use of evidence for health professional practice.  She has experience of guideline development and implementation.  She has conducted qualitative evidence synthesis.  Has co-authored a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report on qualitative evidence synthesis methods (LINK). She teaches research and evidence-based practice at under- and post-graduate level.

Professor Jane Noyes

(RN, MSc, DPhil) of Bangor University

Jane specialises in evidence synthesis and methodology and methods development and evaluation, is co-chair of the Cochrane Methods Executive, lead convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods group, major publisher of meta-ethnographies as editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, member of international collaboration to synthesise evidence to inform the WHO global guideline on task shifting member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) methodological hub consortium, contributor of synthesised evidence for two NICE guidelines. Developed consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ). Co-facilitates an internationally-recognised qualitative evidence synthesis course (ESQUIRE) that features meta-ethnography.

Ruth Turley

Cardiff University, Research Fellow at DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement) and systematic reviewer at SURE (Specialist Unit for Review Evidence)

Ruth has expertise in advanced literature searching, critical appraisal, and synthesis of a broad range of evidence types (including qualitative research) within public health and social sciences. Ruth has managed evidence review projects for a range of funders including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Welsh Assembly Government and NHS Evidence. Her research interests include school health and wellbeing improvement, social determinants of health and knowledge translation. She is also an Associate Editor for the Cochrane Public Health Group (CPHG).

Dr Ruth Jepson

Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh, (PhD, MSc, RN)

Ruth has been involved in many different aspects of public health research for over 20 years.  She spent over 10 years in the Cochrane Collaboration as a Review Group Co-ordinator and as a reviewer. She also worked at the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination in York University. She returned to the University of Edinburgh to undertake her PhD on developing a measure of informed choice in cancer screening.  Prior her role in SCPHRP, she was at the University of Stirling where she was Co-Director of the Centre for Population and Public Health and Lead for the Physical Activity and Diet Research Programme. Her methodological expertise is in systematic reviews and evaluation research (both qualitative and quantitative.

Dr Margaret Cunningham

(PhD, MSc, BSc (hons)) University of Stirling

Based at the University of Stirling. Background in health psychology, in particular self-management and behaviour change for patients with long-term conditions. Experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research and systematic reviews.

Isabelle Uny

(MSc in Social Development and Health, currently completing a PhD in maternal and reproductive health at Queen Margaret University)

Isabelle was a research fellow working on the project, based the University of Stirling at the NMAHP Research Unit. Background in social science and global health research. Expertise in qualitative research methodologies.

Dr Rachel Roberts

(PhD ‘ethnographic study of adolescents conceptions of food and health’, MSc Medical Anthropology)

Rachel was a home-based research fellow working on the project. Expertise in qualitative health research and qualitative research methodologies.

Kevin Swingler

Research fellow in the School of Computing Science, University of Stirling

Kevin Swingler is a lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Stirling. He is programme director of the MSc. in Big Data and runs a spin-out company that provides hardware, software and consultancy for the collection, processing and use of data. Before moving into academia, he ran a company that produces machine learning and data analytics software, selling solutions in banking, insurance, marketing and automotive sectors. His current research interests include new machine learning algorithms and the use of data analytics in health and well being.

Advisory Group

eMERGe also has an advisory group made up of lay people, academic experts and other professionals from a wide range of institutions.

+ Geoff Allan
Lay Advisor
+ Marjory Barton
Lay Advisor
+ Margo Biggs
Lay Advisor
+ Andrew Booth
Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information, The University of Sheffield
+ Nicky Britten
Professor of Applied Health Care Research, University of Exeter
+ Rona Campbell
Professor of Public Health Research , University of Bristol
+ Margaret Cargo
Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide
+ Kate Flemming
Senior Lecturer, The University of York
+ Ian Gallagher
Lay Advisor
+ Ruth Garside
Senior Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis, University of Exeter
+ Claire Glenton
Senior Researcher - Global Health Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Norway
+ David Gough
Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice, Institute of Education UK
+ Karin Hannes
Methodology of Educational Sciences Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium
+ Angela Harden
Professor of Community and Family Health, Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), University of East London
+ Janet Harris
Section of Public Health, University of Sheffield
+ Gina Higginbottom
Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
+ Christine Johnstone
Scottish Health Council
+ Simon Lewin
Senior Researcher, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Norway
+ Lorna Neill
Lay Advisor
+ George Noblit
Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
+ Sandy Oliver
Professor of Public Policy, Social Science Research Unit and EPPI-Centre, Institute of Education, University of London.
+ Cathy Pope
Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Southhampton
+ Karen Ritchie
Deputy Director of Evidence, Head of Knowledge and Information, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
+ Vicky Saunders
Lay Advisor
+ Gordon Snedden
Lay Advisor
+ James Thomas
Professor of Social Research and Policy, Institute of Education UK
+ Meredith Vanstone
Assistant Professor, Deppartment of Family Medicine & Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Canada
+ Anne Ward
Lay Advisor
+ Geoff Wong
Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford