From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Alison Devlin

position: Research Associate

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7609


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
200 Renfield Street,
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Dr. Alison Devlin joined the Unit in January 2016, as a Research Associate within the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme.

Most recently, Alison worked in the Department of General Practice & Primary Care (University of Glasgow) on the evaluation of the “Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale” (dallas) programme which was a £37 Million UK-wide programme launched to develop and deploy a range of digital tools and services for self-care, health and wellbeing. These included a web-based portal (“Living it Up”); tailored Apps (e.g., “House of Memories” - dementia); personal health records (e.g.,”M-i plan”) and other Assistive Technologies to catalyse the role of digital tools in addressing the challenges posed by the aging population and to reshape Healthcare design/ provision in the UK.

Before this, Alison worked on a multidisciplinary Research and Development programme “Inter-Life” funded jointly by the ESRC/EPSRC as part of the wider (£12.3 Million) UK-TEL programme. Alison led on two of the research strands: one using qualitative design and one using mixed methods. The “Inter-Life” project was launched to develop flexible technologies as tools to foster life transition skills learning in young people.

Alison has worked on:

  • The Journeys from Images to Words project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation;
  • Research commissioned by ‘Education Scotland’ on the Draft Experiences and Outcomes for ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ in Scotland across all 14 curricular areas (including Health & Wellbeing). This research was used to actively iterate the outcomes prior to being launched across the profession in Scotland.
  • Research commissioned by the Scottish Government (Social Research) to inform the ongoing development of an inclusive curriculum in Scotland;

Research interests

  • Implementation Science
  • Health sciences
  • Evaluation (and Transferability) of Complex interventions
  • Development and Evaluation of innovative technologies in Health & Wellbeing
  • Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Mixed Methods