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 University College London. I am interested in social attitudes to health care, social care and other areas of the welfare state, in particular with regards to a tension between normative attitudes and social practices. My PhD project was dedicated to exploring the ways in which Polish migrants conceptualised their views on welfare deservingness and used British public services. 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. My recent focus is on the interplay between competition and cooperation mechanisms used for planning local health services. My paper published in Public Administration explored the extent to which managers' views on competition have been affected by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and, in turn, to what extent the normative views influence their commissioning decisions.
In my research I try to make connections between theory and empirical data. I draw on new institutionalism, welfare state, 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 and marker on MSc in Public Health course.
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 and mobility. In my doctoral project I explored the take-up of British social entitlements, including NHS health care, by Polish migrants residing in London.
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.