Annie Irvine
Research Associate

Profile

Biography

Annie is an established social researcher with over 15 years of experience in applied qualitative research. She is currently based in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, as a research associate on the NIHR-funded study ‘Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone’ (EQUITy). This is a five-year programme of research which aims to improve the way that psychological interventions are delivered over the telephone. The method of Conversation Analysis is being used to explore the interaction between patients and practitioners in telephone-mediated therapy sessions.

Before joining the EQUITy project, Annie spent 12 years as a Research Fellow in the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), where she contributed to over 20 commissioned research projects for funders including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and organisations within the private and voluntary sectors. Her research over this time focused on ill health, disability and employment in the context of UK social security policy.

Annie has a particular interest in mental health as it relates to employment, job retention and return to work. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD by Publication, drawing on her research on the complexities of managing common mental health problems in the workplace.

Career

2018-present - Research Associate, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York

2005-2017 - Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

2002-2005 - Research Officer, National Foundation for Educational Research

2001-2002 - Research Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York

Education

2015 - PhD in Social Policy and Social Work, University of York: 'Managing Mental Health and Employment: Context, Concepts and Complexity'

2008 - MSc (with Distinction) in Social Research Methods, Open University

2001 - BA Hons (First Class) in Linguistics and Educational Studies, University of York

Publications

Selected publications

  • Irvine, A. (2018) Reflection/Commentary on a Past Article: “Duration, Dominance, and Depth in Telephone and Face-to-Face Interviews: A Comparative Exploration”, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17, 1-2. DOI: 10.1177/160940691877686
  • Irvine, A. (2016) Social, Economic and Health Impacts of WaveLength's Work with Loneliness and Isolation. York: Social Policy Research Unit
  • Irvine, A., Allen, L & Webber, MP 2016, Evaluation of the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Street Triage Service. Department for Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, York.
  • Toerien, M., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. & Irvine, A. (2015) Understanding Interactions between Social Security Claimants and Frontline Employment Advisers – Public and Private Provision in the UK, Social Work & Society, 13, 1 (online)
  • Toerien, M., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. and Irvine, A. (2013) Putting personalisation into practice: work-focused interviews in Jobcentre Plus, Journal of Social Policy , 42, 2, 309-327.
  • Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R. (2013) 'Am I not answering your questions properly?' Clarification, adequacy and responsiveness in semi-structured telephone and face-to-face
  • Irvine, A. (2012) Telephone interviewing in qualitative research, in S. Becker, A. Bryman and H. Ferguson (eds.) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work, 2nd ed., The Policy Press, Bristol, pp.297-302.
  • Irvine, A. (2012) Semi-structured and unstructured interviewing, in S. Becker, A. Bryman and H. Ferguson (eds.) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work, 2nd ed., The Policy Press, Bristol, pp.291-297.
  • Irvine, A. (2011) Duration, dominance and depth in telephone and face-to-face interviews: a comparative exploration, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10, 3, 202-220.
  • Irvine, A. (2011) Fit for work? The influence of sick pay and job flexibility on sickness absence and implications for presenteeism, Social Policy & Administration, 45, 7, 752-769.
  • Irvine, A. (2012) Common mental health problems and work, in S. Vickerstaff, C. Phillipson and R. Wilkie (eds.) Work, Health and Wellbeing: The challenges of managing health at work, The Policy Press, Bristol, pp.39-58.
  • Irvine, A. (2011) Something to Declare? The disclosure of common mental health problems at work, Disability & Society, vol 26. no.2, pp.179-192.
  • Toerien, M., Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R. (2011) Should mandatory Jobseeker interviews be personalised? The politics of using conversation analysis to make effective practice recommendations, in C. Antaki (ed.) Applied Conversation Analysis: Intervention and change in institutional talk, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp.140-160.
  • Irvine, A. (2010) Using phone interviews (Realities Toolkit #14). 
  • Corden, A., Sainsbury, R., Irvine, A. and Clarke, S. (2010) The Impact of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: Findings from exploratory qualitative research, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 649, HMSO, Norwich.
  • Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R. (2010) Mode effects in qualitative interviews: a comparison of semi-structured face-to-face and telephone interviews using conversation analysis, Research Works, 2010-03, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, York.
  • Irvine, A., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. and Toerien, M. (2010) An Exploratory Comparison of the Interactions Between Advisers and Younger and Older Clients during Work Focused Interviews, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 634, HMSO, Norwich.
  • Drew, P., Toerien, M., Irvine, A. and Sainsbury, R. (2010) A Study of Language and Communication Between Advisers and Claimants in Work Focused Interviews, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 633, HMSO, Norwich.
  • Irvine, A. (2009) Managing mental health and employment: developing support for employees with mental health problems, Occupational Health at Work, 6, 1, 17-21
  • Irvine, A. (2008) Managing Mental Health and Employment (DWP Research Report 537), Leeds: Corporate Document Services.
  • Sainsbury, R., Irvine, A., Aston, J., Wilson, S., Williams, C. and Sinclair, A.  (2008) Mental Health and Employment (DWP Research Report 513), Leeds: Corporate Document Services.
  • Irvine, A., Davidson, J. and Sainsbury, R. (2008) Reporting changes in circumstances: Tackling error in the benefit system, London: Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Irvine, A., Kemp, P. A. and Nice, K. (2007) Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: What do claimants think?, York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

External activities

Memberships

ESRC Peer Review College

Contact details

Annie Irvine
Research Associate
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room: V/C/117a

Tel: (01904) 328957