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Personal Statement

Neil Quinn is a Reader in Social Work and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Health Policy. 

Neil is an international leader in social work and public health, with a particular expertise in health inequalities, human rights and citizenship. He has a specific commitment to working with vulnerable groups, including people with mental health problems, asylum seekers and refugees and people experiencing homelessness. Neil is Principal Investigator of the Horizon 2020 Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partership, an ambitious 4-year international programme on me ntal health and social exclusion. He is also Principal Investigator on a national research and knowledge exchange programme on the right to health for marginalised groups. He is engaged in a number of key national policy roles, including the Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) human rights group on health and social care and in a range of high-profile international work as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights, co-author of the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children Handbook. He leads collaborations with Yale on health citizenship and New York University on social work and public health.  

He is committed to working in partnership with service users and communities and has 25 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health at a local, national and international level. He has led a major community development and health programme in one of Europe’s areas of highest deprivation, chaired the national Sanctuary programme working with asylum seekers and refugees and is on the steering group of People’s Health Movement Scotland. He is also a co-founder of the Declaration health and human rights arts festival.

Research Interests

Neil's primary research interests are in social work, health and human rights, primarily in te area of migration and mental health. He has a strong commitment to community-based participatory research with citizens and communities. He is leading a major research programme on the 'right to health' with marginalised groups funded by NHS Health Scotland and linked to Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights. He is also collaborating with Yale on the development of a health citizenship tool for Scotland.

Expertise & Capabilities

Neil's expertise lies in connecting policy, practice and research across different sectors. He has been an advisor on a range of health policy issues and is commited to tranlating this into making a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. He has strong capabilities in leadership and has co-developed the new Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde and has led a number of important initiatives, including a health policy collaboration with New York University.

Teaching Interests

Neil's primary teaching interests are in:

  • Global social work and migration
  • Community work and social movements
  • Health policy, especially health inequalities and mental health

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Projects 2008 2020

Health citizenship and use of the arts

Quinn, N.

NHS Lothian


Project: Research - Studentship

Research Output 2005 2019

Collective citizenship: from citizenship and mental health to citizenship and solidarity

Quinn, N., Bromage, B. & Rowe, M., 6 Nov 2019, In : Social Policy and Administration. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mental health
social participation

Integration or Isolation? Refugees' Social Connections and Wellbeing

Strang, A. B. & Quinn, N., 29 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Refugee Studies. p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social isolation
asylum seeker
mental health

Activities 2005 2017

Declaration: Health and Human Rights Festival

Neil Quinn (Participant)
2 Mar 20173 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

Understanding the Gap

Neil Quinn (Participant)
1 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


Transforming attitudes to mental health: using art festivals to access hard to reach communities

Lee Knifton (Participant), Neil Quinn (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPublic understanding, information and debate