Anne is founder and overall academic lead for the Public and Patient Involvement Research Unit, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Participatory Health Research with Refugees and Migrants. She is a social scientist with extensive experience of qualitative research, participatory health research, implementation science and refugee and migrant health.Anne is Principal Investigator for multiple national and international participatory health research projects. She was Co-ordinator for the 2.9 million euro EU funded participatory, implementation science RESTORE project (2011-2015). Anne is active in international networks in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America to advance the evidence base about best practice for participatory implementation research. Her current research interests centre around the sociological concept of participatory space and how this can enhance understanding about health decision-making and knowledge translation.
Anne was PI for the HRBand IRC-funded PPI IGNITE (2018-2021) and part of UL’s team for the HRB and IRC funded PPI Ignite National Network (2021-2026). In recent years, she has successfully co-ordinated participatory research about migrant health: the EU-funded RESTORE (2011-2015) REsearch into implementation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings and the HRB-funded EMH-IC (2016-2019) Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland – building the evidence base to address health inequities.