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Dr Jaimie Ellis BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, MA Social Science Research Methodology (Education)

Research Fellow

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Dr Jaimie Ellis has been a Research Fellow within Health Sciences since 2013. As a sociologist Jaimie’s research interests include understanding people’s experiences of health and illness and the professional-patient interaction. Jaimie is also passionate about methodological innovation and expanding the social researchers methodological tool box.

It is through learning about people’s experiences of health and illness that we can better understand how to support them


Jaimie is a qualitative sociologist working as a research fellow on a Health Foundation funded project titled Self-Management VOICED. The study explores current stakeholder consensus and disparity around the conceptualisation and outcomes of Self-Management. Working across each of the three phases Jaimie has expertise in conducting systematic reviews of literature (Phase 1), carrying out qualitative exploration of perceptions of each stakeholder group (patients, family and friends, health care professionals and health care commissioners) (Phase 2) as well as survey research (Phase 3).

Before Jaimie joined Health Sciences she completed a PhD in Sociology at the National Centre for Research Method’s ‘Hub’ at the University of Southampton. Her PhD research explained why some methods are more appropriate than others when researching the social worlds of children on the autism spectrum. She has a particular in interest in methodological matters, and believes that everyone should be given the chance to meaningfully participate in research concerning them. Therefore, through having children with autism acting as her case in example, the thesis highlights some of the methodological challenges associated with involving a vulnerable group in research, and crucially also proposes ways of overcoming these challenges.


Research interests

  • Research Methodology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Methodological challenges of involving vulnerable groups in research.
  • Childhood

Research group

Health Work

Research project(s)

Self Management VOICED (Valued Outcomes of Importance: ConsEnsus and Disparity)

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Working Paper

Thesis title: Methodological Challenges of Researching the Social Worlds of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Supervised by: Prof. Graham Crow and Dr Rose Wiles

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, at the National Centre for Research Methods.

Dr Jaimie Ellis
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3033

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