Staff Member Biography
Gillian Fergieposition: Research Assistant
phone: 0141 353 7626
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Gillian Fergie is a Research Assistant in the Improving Healthy Public Policy Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She currently works on a range of projects using qualitative and mixed methods to explore people’s engagement with contemporary health issues and e-health. Gillian’s research interests include how social media platforms mediate health information and how users engage with online health content, and developing robust methods of collecting and analysing dynamic online data. Her recent work builds on her PhD, completed in January 2015, entitled “Understanding young adults’ online engagement and health experiences in the age of social media: exploring diabetes and common mental health disorders”, supervised by Dr Shona Hilton and Prof Kate Hunt.
Before joining the Improving Healthy Public Policy Programme Gillian graduated with an MA (hons) in History in 2007 and an MSc in Social Science Research in 2011, both from the University of Glasgow. She worked as a research assistant from 2008-2010 on a project developing academic writing support for postgraduates at University College London, and maintains an interest in the practice of academic writing.
Fergie G, Hilton S, Hunt K. Young adults’ experiences of seeking online information about diabetes and mental health in the age of social media. Health Expectations 2016;19:1324–1335open access
Fergie G, Hunt K, Hilton S. Social media as a space for support: young adults' perspectives on user-generated content about diabetes and mental health. Social Science & Medicine 2016;170open access
Patterson C, Emslie C, Mason O, Fergie G, Hilton S. A content analysis of UK newspaper and online news representations of women’s and men’s ‘binge’ drinking: a challenge for communicating evidence-based messages about single-episodic drinking?. BMJ Open 2016;6:e013124open access
van Bekkum J, Fergie G, Hilton S. Health and medical research funding agencies' promotion of public engagement within research: a qualitative interview study exploring the UK context. Health Research Policy and Systems 2016;14:23open access
Boydell N, Fergie G, McDaid L, Hilton S. Understandings of participation in behavioural research: a qualitative study of gay and bisexual men in Scotland. PLoS One 2015;10: e0135001open access
Boydell N, Fergie GM, McDaid L, Hilton S. Avoiding pitfalls and realising opportunities: reflecting on issues of sampling and recruitment for online focus groups. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 2014;13:206-223open access
Fergie Gillian M. Understanding young adults' online engagement and health experiences in the age of social media: exploring diabetes and common mental health disorders [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2014.
Fergie G, Hunt K, Hilton S. What young people want from health-related online resources: a focus group study. Journal of Youth Studies 2013;16:579-596open access
Fergie G, Beeke S, McKenna C, Creme P. 'It’s a lonely walk': supporting postgraduate researchers through writing. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2011;23:236–45open access
Fergie G. Young people’s engagement with health online [MSc], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2011.