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Dr Eppie Leishman

Research Associate

BA (York) MRes (York) PhD (York)


Areas of interest

  • Health inequalities
  • Housing and home
  • Online research methods
  • Accessing the ‘hard-to-reach’
  • Gender and sexuality

Academic biography

I joined the School for Business and Society as an undergraduate in Social Policy in 2009. Since then, I have completed my BA, MRes and PhD in the department. During these studies, I developed an interest in health inequalities. I drew on this during my PhD research which explored resilience from the perspectives of those who self-identify as LGBT+. I also have a keen interest in the accessibility of research and addressing the concept of ‘hard-to-reach’ through the use of online and distance research methods.  

Since completing my studies, I have taught across undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the department and to members of the public in community courses. I am currently working as a research associate on the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research funded project ‘Supporting People with Learning Disabilities on the Edges of Social Care in Social Housing and the Private Rented Sector’.


Recent publications

British Sociological Association Annual Conference (2018). “Navigating Discrimination: an LGBT+ Perspective”.

Social Research Association Annual Conference (2017). “Generating data at a distance: lessons from online qualitative research”.

Branching Out (2017). ‘I could give fuller answers if required’: reconceptualising the ‘hard-to-reach’.

Professional activities

Professional activities

Co-Founder and Editorial Board Member of The York Policy Review - Graduate Peer Reviewed Journal.

Degree programmes and modules

I have previously taught and convened a range of modules and skills days at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including:

  • Understanding Childhood and Youth
  • Introducing Sociology and Psychology
  • Social Research Methods
  • The Policy Process
  • Research Design

Research and PhD supervision

Research team(s)

Contact details

Dr Eppie Leishman
Research Associate
School for Business and Society

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 321268 Mob: +44 (0) 738 423 9012