Emmilie Aveling

Research Fellow


Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester 
22-28 Princess Road West
Leicester LE1 6TP

Tel: 00 44 116 252 3287

Email: eea5@le.ac.uk     



My background is in social and cultural psychology, having studied for a BSc in Psychology (University of Nottingham), an MPhil in Social & Developmental Psychology (University of Cambridge) and a PhD in Social Psychology (University of Cambridge). 

My main research focus is the conceptual and empirical exploration of psycho-social processes shaping health and development interventions in both developing and developed country contexts. I am particularly interested in community-based and partnership approaches to delivering quality health services and interventions, and the ways in which cultural and organisational contexts shape the behaviours of professionals, especially those working at the interface between service users or intervention participants and the institutions that fund and/or manage interventions and services. I work mainly using qualitative methodologies, particularly ethnography.

I am currently leading the Wellcome Trust funded study Improving patient safety through international partnerships: An ethnographic study, with co-investigators from the University of Leicester (Prof Mary Dixon-Woods, Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator), the University of Oxford, Gondar University (Ethiopia) and the Catholic University of Rwanda.



Aveling, E.L., McCulloch, P.  & Dixon-Woods, M. (2013) A qualitative study comparing experiences of the surgical safety checklist in hospitals in high- and low-income countries. BMJ Open, 3:e003039.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003039 

Aveling, E.L. & Jovchelovitch, S. (2013) Partnerships as knowledge encounters: A psychosocial theory of partnerships for health and community development. Journal of Health Psychology

Aveling, E.L.  & Martin, G. (2013) Realising the transformative potential of healthcare partnerships: insights from divergent literatures and contrasting cases in high- and low-income country contexts. Social Science and Medicine.

Aveling, E.L. (2012) Making sense of ‘gender’: From global HIV/AIDS strategy to the local Cambodian ground. Health & Place, 18:3, pp.461-467

Aveling, E.L., Martin, G., Jimenez, S. et al. (2012) Reciprocal peer review for quality improvement: An ethnographic case study of the Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project BMJ Quality & Safety¸21, pp.1034-1041

Aveling, E.L., Martin, G.P., Armstrong, N., Banerjee, J. & Dixon-Woods, M. (2012) Quality improvement through clinical communities: Eight lessons for practice. Journal of Health Organisation and Management, 26 (2), pp. 158-174

Dixon-Woods, M., Bosk, C.L., Aveling, E.L., Goeschel, C. & Pronovost, P.J. (2011) Explaining Michigan: Developing an ex post theory of a quality improvement program. Millbank Quarterly 89: 2, pp. 197-205

Martsin, M., Wagoner, B., Aveling, E.L., Whittaker, L. & Kandianaki, I. (Eds.) (2011) Dialogicality in focus: Challenges to theory, method and application. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Aveling, E.L. (2011) Mediating between international knowledge and local knowledge: The critical role of local field officers in an HIV prevention intervention.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2), pp. 95-110 (Selected as ‘Editor’s choice’ Mar-June 2011)

Aveling, E.L., Cornish, F. & Oldmeadow, J.A. (2010) Diversity in sex workers’ strategies for the protection of social identity: Content, context and contradiction. In B. Wagoner (Ed.) Symbolic transformations: The mind in movement through culture and society, pp. 302-322 London: Routledge

Aveling, E. L. (2010) The impact of aid chains: Relations of dependence or supportive partnerships for community-led responses to HIV/AIDS? AIDS Care, 22 (S2), pp. 1588-1597

Zittoun, T., Aveling, E.L., Gillespie, A. & Cornish, F. (2010) People in transitions in worlds in transition: Ambivalence in the transition to womanhood during World War II. In A.C. Bastos, K. Uriko & J. Valsiner (Eds.) Cultural dynamics of Women’s lives: Personal Cultures at critical transitions of the life course Charlotte, NC: IAP

Aveling, E.L. & Gillespie, A. (2008) Negotiating Multiplicity: Adaptive asymmetries in second generation Turks’ ‘society of mind’ Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 21(3), pp. 200-222

Gillespie, A., Cornish, F., Aveling, E.L. & Zittoun, T. (2008). Conflicting community commitments: A dialogical analysis of a British woman’s World War II diariesJournal of Community Psychology, 36 (1), pp. 35-52

Zittoun, T., Cornish, F., Gillespie, A. & Aveling, E.L. (2008). Using social knowledge: A case study of a diarist’s meaning-making during World War II. In T. Sugiman, K. Gergen & W. Wagner (Eds.) Meaning in action: Construction, narrative and representation, pp. 163-179 New York: Springer Verlag

Maras, P. & Aveling, E.L. (2006) Students with special educational needs: Transitions from primary to secondary school. British Journal of Special Education, 33 (4), pp.196-203


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