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Amanda Bingley supervises 15 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Amanda Bingley


Amanda Bingley

Furness Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592718


Research overview

Amanda Bingley is a Lecturer in Health Research in the Division of Health Research, Faculty of Health & Medicine. She joined the Division in September 2001.

Following a BSc (Hons) in Geography at Lancaster University (1996), her ESRC funded PhD in Cultural Geography at the University of Edinburgh (2002) explored the influence of gender identity and very early infant and childhood sensory experience on subsequent adult sensory perception of landscape.

Amanda has developed research projects with a focus on the narrative experience of health, place and well being in a range of different contexts and populations.

PhD supervision

Qualitative methods including ethnography, narrative analysis; psychoanalytic geographies, sensory methods; mental health and place, health and well being in older people; socio-cultural research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Current Research

Children, young people and disasters, recovery and resilience
Mort, M., Bingley A., Walker, M., Lloyd Williams, A., with Howells, V. & Smith, S., SO7, SOA7770, ESRC 1/09/14 - 28/02/16
Woodland working: Intergenerational skills gained and shared in the volunteer workforce Bingley, A. & Collins, A., Varey,S., with Oaks, R., HR7, HRA7862, The British Academy 1/05/1431/10/14
The prevalence of dementia in ethnically diverse communities, and the extent of inequalities in the access to care services:  a study in Blackburn with Darwen, North West England, ESRC CASE studentship (2013) (currently funding DHR PGR student Maaria Atcha)

Maun Homeopathy Project: An evaluation of a community health intervention
Bingley,A. & Holland, P.HR7, HRA7822, The Maun Homeopathy Project 1/06/13 - 31/12/2013

Tender for Age UK - Men in Sheds Milligan, C., Bingley, A. & Payne, S.HR7, HRA7800, AgeUK 1/08/1130/03/12

Ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the prevalence of dementia and access to quality care in Blackburn with Darwen; Fanshawe, T., Keegan, T., Bingley, A.F. with Barnsley, K., Barr, B., Higginbotham, C., Knowledge Exchange Strategic Development Award. 1/03/2012-31/07/2012

Research Interests

As a cultural and health geographer I have an ongoing interest in psychoanalytic geographies, innovative methodologies in creative arts, narrative research, sensory and ethnographic research. My research is informed by both psychotherapeutic theory and methods (in particular Object Relations Theory), and more recently in health and place work by Attention Restoration Theory. I have a background of many years experience in healthcare working in humanistic psychotherapy and homeopathic medicine. My research has covered areas of mental health and place including natural landscapes as working space, mental health and well-being in older people, effects of play space on mental health in young people, therapeutic landscapes, and in end of life care.

Current research includes an ESRC funded Urgent Research Grant 'Children, young people and disasters, recovery and resilience' (2014-16) led by Prof Maggie Mort with Dr Marion Walker and Dr Alison Collins in collaboration with Save the Children, looking at children and young people's experience of flooding; a British Academy funded project with Dr Alison Collins and Dr Sandra Varey in collaboration with Rebecca Oaks, Member of the Chartered Institute of Foresters, 'Woodland working: intergenerational skills gained and shared in the volunteer workforce'(2014) looking atthe experience of health and wellbeing in older conservation volunteers; and the skills gained and shared by intergenerational working in woodland environments. Recent work includes two service evaluations: the AgeUK 'Men in Sheds' project (2012), with Prof Christine Milligan and Prof Sheila Payne, exploring an intervention that aims to improve the mental health and well being of older men; and the Maun Homeopathy Project, Botswana (2013), with Dr Paula Holland, exploring the experience of a community health intervention from the perspective of service users, other NGOs and local healthcare providers. A Knowledge Exchange project, with Dr Tom Keegan and Dr Tom Fanshawe: 'Ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the prevalence of dementia and access to quality care in Blackburn with Darwen', led to a successful award of an ESRC CASE studentship for our PGR student Maaria Atcha (2013).

Other research includes an exploration of the experience of health and wellbeing for woodland workers (2011); in the first project conducting a secondary data analysis on narratives recorded for the collaborative Woodland Recollections oral history project (2006 - 2009). Past research includes work in 2006-2008 as a Research Fellow for the narrative theme in the Cancer Experiences Collaborative (CECo); and from 2004-2008 working with Professor David Clark in the International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC), on a number of different projects, including a team-based project funded by Macmillan Cancer Support into narratives written by professionals, patients and carers about the experiences of knowingly facing death. In 2005, with David Clark, a comparative analysis, funded by the National Cancer Institute, US, on the development of palliative care services in the region represented by the Middle East Cancer Consortium as part of the global, ongoing IOELC country report project. From 2001-2003 I worked on the two-year collaborative Cultivating Health Project with the NHS, Age Concern, Carlisle and Carlisle City Council researching the comparative benefits of gardening versus social activities in older people in Carlisle; and in 2004 on a Forestry Commission study with Prof Christine Milligan into the ‘Mental health and well-being of young adults: effects of childhood play.’

Current Teaching

Convenor for the PhD Taught Doctorate and Masters in Health and Wellbeing Research modules: DHR 527 Ethnography and observational methods; DHR 528 Narrative methods in health research; DHR 525 Practical Research Ethics; Co-convener DHR 403

Co-ordinator for modules (BIOL132, BIOL134, BIOL143 and BIOL333) taught by DHR for the Division of Biological and Life Sciences undergraduate Part 1 and Part 2 programme. Co-convene BIOL333 Ethics in Biomedicine.

Tutor in Division of Medicine for Special Study Modules

Tutor on the DHR PhD Taught Doctorate Autumn and Summer Academy

Supervision of PhD Taught Doctorate, Masters and PGR students

Additional Information

NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW): Frontline Advisor in Qualitative Methods (2009-2014)

External Examiner UCLan (MSc Integrative Healthcare)

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