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Gemma Mitchell
Research Fellow



Gemma is a qualitative research fellow in the York Trials Unit and is working on the Biomarker Driven Antifungal Stewardship in AML: The BioDriveAFS Trial, and previously worked on the Transformative Research on the Alcohol industry, Policy and Science (TRAPS) research programme. Gemma worked as a social worker with children and families for several years before completing her Sociology PhD in 2018.


  • BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Leicester)
  • MA Social Work (University of Hull)
  • PhD Sociology (University of Leicester)

Departmental roles

  • Department of Health Sciences Athena Swan Working Group (Contract Researcher Representative)
  • Member of Contract Researcher Forum



Gemma’s research interests are in qualitative research methods, public health, risk and uncertainty, expert decision making, commercial determinants of health, conflicts of interest in science, alcohol industry, and alcohol policy.


Research group(s)

  • Trials and Statistics


Full publications list



  • Health Research in Practice Module (Tutor)
  • Infection and Disease Module (Contributor)

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

Selected conference papers:

  • Mitchell, G., Lesch, M., and McCambridge, J. (2019) Showing ‘the J curve in all its glory’: exploring alcohol industry influence on the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health (MACH) trial’ 45th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, 3-7 June, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Mitchell, G. (2018) ‘Defining evidence: child and family social worker perspectives and the consequences for judgement and decision making’, Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference 2018, Dublin
  • Mitchell, G. (2015) ‘Risk mobility in child and family social work’, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 27th August, Prague
  • Mitchell, G. (2014) ‘I don’t think about what I do - I just do it! The role of informal practices when making decisions about risk in child and family social work’, British Sociological Association Risk and Society Study Day, 28th February, London
  • Mitchell, G. (2013) ‘Risk in translation: bridging the gap between uncertain reality and acceptable evidence in child and family social work’ Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, 10th October, San Diego

Gemma Mitchell

Contact details

Dr Gemma Mitchell
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(8607)