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Research interests

Dr David Wainwright is a Sociologist who studies the connections between work, health and wellbeing, with particular reference to welfare and health care policy. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health, University of Bath where he convenes the cross-faculty Work, Health and Wellbeing Research Group, and is the Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Health programmes.

A key research interest lies in the extent to which problems at work have become medicalised through the discourse of work stress. Other research interests include the management of medically unexplained illnesses; extending working life and psycho-social influences on resilience and illness behaviour.

Before moving to the University of Bath, Dr Wainwright worked at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. He has also worked in the Social Medicine Department at the University of Bristol as a member of the Medical Research Council’s Health Services Research Collaboration.

Research interests

  • Work, health & wellbeing
  • Extending working life & pension reform
  • Health care policy
  • Psycho-social influences on illness behaviour

Current research projects

  • Exploring the use of behaviour change interventions in extending working life. Funded by Department for Work and Pensions

Currently supervising doctoral research projects on:

  • Sickness certification for chronic pain
  • The development of a health and wellbeing strategy for Bristol Council
  • The UK Safer Patient Network; A Social Movement for Organisational Change?
  • Understanding interpretative approaches to community-based support: health and well-being outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities in supported living environments.
  • The factors that affect homeless people’s health seeking behaviour.
  • Change and Containment’- a study to explore the emotional dynamics of leading change in Irish health service organisations
  • Resilience or convenience: Exploratory investigation into consultations and self-care for infections related minor ailments in primary care
  • Phenomenological Description of the Experiences of Physiotherapists
  • Patients’ and carers’ experiences in accessing district nursing services 

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Projects 2010 2017

Contextual Chronic Pain in the Community

Eccleston, C., Taylor, G. & Wainwright, D.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1996 2018

A systematic review of resilience for chronic pain patients in the workplace

Wainwright, E., Wainwright, D., Coghill, N., Perry, R. & Walsh, J., 23 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Extending working life and the management of change. Is the workplace ready for the ageing worker?

Wainwright, D., Crawford, J., Loretto, W., Phillipson, C., Robinson, M., Shepherd, S., Vickerstaff, S. & Weyman, A., 5 Jul 2018, In : Ageing and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
working life

Terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder: a historical review

Durodie, W. & Wainwright, D., 16 Oct 2018, In : The Lancet Psychiatry. 6, 1, p. 61-71 11 p., S2215-0366(18)30335-3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Mental Health
September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Why do people use food banks? A qualitative study of food bank users in Bristol

Wainwright, D., Wainwright, E. & Buckingham, A., 31 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Voluntary Sector Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Chronic pain, work absenteeism and sickness certification: exploring the construction of acceptable pain-related work absence

Author: Wainwright, E., 24 Apr 2013

Supervisor: Eccleston, C. (Supervisor), Keogh, E. (Supervisor) & Wainwright, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


From the Inside Out: A Critical Ethnographic Look at Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing and the Determinants of Nurse Retention

Author: Mahon, P., 1 Dec 2011

Supervisor: Wainwright, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


'I'm confused about what my problems actually are': Managing King-Kopetzky syndrome

Author: Pryce, H., 1 Feb 2009

Supervisor: Wainwright, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


Making Sense of Street Chaos: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Health Service Usage of Homeless People in Dublin

Author: O'Carroll, A., 7 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Wainwright, D. (Supervisor) & Howley, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


The essential structure of practising evidence based practice: A phenomenological description of the experiences of physiotherapists

Author: Igo, S., 27 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Wainwright, D. (Supervisor) & Carpenter, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)