15-17 Tavistock Place
My background is in sociology with an MA from University of Warsaw and a PhD in sociology and social policy from UCL SSEES. I am interested in social and health policy analysis, health system governance, normative attitudes to provision of public services and health inequities.
My PhD project was dedicated to exploring the ways in which Polish migrants conceptualised their views on welfare deservingness and used British public services, including health care. The normative attitudes to welfare expressed by Polish migrants were explored in my paper published in the Journal of Social Policy.
I am a member of the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm). As part of the PRUComm team I have been involved in a number of research projects exploring different aspects of commissioning clinical services in the English NHS. In the recent project we investigated an interplay between competition and cooperation mechanisms used for planning local health services. My paper published in Public Administration explored the NHS managers' attitudes towards the use of competitive and cooperative levers in day-to-day managerial practice and highlighted feedback loops between normative attitudes and institutional arrangements.
In my research I try to make connections between theory and empirical data. I draw on new institutionalism, critical realism, human agency, social citizenship and other theoretical literature. I am also interested in the application of qualitative and mixed methods in public health research.
I am a seminar leader on Health Policy, Process and Power module. I also serve as a tutor, marker and supervisor of summer projects on the MSc in Public Health and a research degree (DrPH) co-supervisor.
Prior to joining LSHTM, I worked on several research projects looking into social aspects of telecare and lifestyle monitoring technology, housing and support needs of adults with impaired vision, and several projects investigating migration, attitudes to welfare and use of public services.
On joining LSHTM I have worked on the project evaluating the implementation of polyclinics and polysystems policy as part of Lord Darzi's Healthcare for London strategy to increase out of hospital services in London. Within PRUComm, I am involved in a number of ongoing research projects looking into the governance of commissioning arrangements in the English NHS, an interplay between competition and cooperation in the commissioning process and new models of contracting in the NHS.
I am interested in exploring normative attitudes to provision and funding of health care and social care services in England and elsewhere.