Accessibility statement

Dr Claire Heathcote
Research Fellow (Health Sciences)



Claire is an experienced social researcher and evaluator with wide knowledge of qualitative research methods. After completing her undergraduate degree in Law she went on to gain experience across a range of social care settings in Yorkshire before deciding to pursue a career in research.

She has since worked on a wide range of projects that seek to improve services for children, young people, carers and the professionals who work with them. Previous employers include University of Leeds, University of Bristol, University of York and The Children’s Society.

Claire completed an ESRC funded PhD at the University of Bristol in 2016. Her research focused on the neighbourhood spatial dynamics of mothers of mixed ethnicity children using a methodology grounded in ethnographic techniques.

She has been most recently employed within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York on a mixed methods investigation into the impact of COVID-19 on GP wellbeing.


  • University of Bristol, PhD in Policy Studies: 2012-2016
  • University of Bristol, MA Social Research Methods; 2010-2011
  • University of Bristol, MA Social Anthropology (Merit); 2008 -2009



Claire's research interests are:

  • Intersectional approaches to research with families and young people.
  • Ethnographic and visual research methods.

Research group(s)


Full publications list



  • Sociology of Childhood module in Department of Policy Studies (University of Bristol)

Contact details

Dr Claire Heathcote
Research Fellow