Gianfranco Giuntoli

Research Fellow

Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli is a Research Associate at the Social Policy Research Centre. His research interests lie in the social study of health and illness, with a particular focus on the connections between well-being, poverty and employment transitions, and how social and policy factors affect people’s intra-personal and inter-personal experiences of well-being and their resilience.

Gianfranco gained his PhD in Psychology from The Australian National University. His thesis consisted of an application of Amartya Sen’s concept of ‘capabilities’ to the study of the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2007, Gianfranco moved to the UK from Australia where he worked firstly at a research consultancy company in Oxford, UK, before taking up a position as Research Officer at the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Metropolitan University. At the Centre for Health Promotion Research he was promoted to Research Fellow in 2009 and worked there until December 2013. During this time, Gianfranco gained experience managing and undertaking both primary research, secondary data analyses, and evaluation studies on patients’ and lay people’s experiences of their own health and specific health promotion interventions.

Recent projects on which Gianfranco has worked include:

‘An evaluation of the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund’, UK (Project Manager)

‘Well-being and poverty: A review of their conceptual and empirical relationships’. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Measuring well-being outcomes in older people receiving help from the AGE UK ‘Together for Health’ initiative: A Social Return on Investment Analysis’. Funded by AGE UK Yorkshire & Humber, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Validation of the ‘LEAF’ (Life Essentials Assessment Framework) questionnaire’. Funded by Age UK Wakefield District, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Systematic review and content analysis of the literature on the conceptualisation and measurement of positive mental health’ (Review undertaken as part of a ‘Promising Researcher Fellowship’ awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011)

The evaluation of an Asset Mapping and Asset Based Community Development project in Sheffield, UK (Project Manager)

‘Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford’. Primary study funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK (Principal Investigator)

Medical Research Council Lifelong Health and Well-being funded network on the factors that affect mental well-being in later life (Research Fellow)

The experiences and expectations of care and support among older migrants in the UK. Primary study funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Research Officer)

Publications

Book Chapters
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Giuntoli G, 2014, 'Well-being and poverty', in Joseph Rowntree Foundation (ed.), Reducing poverty in the UK: A collection of evidence reviews, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, pp. 41 - 45, internal-pdf://3856843993/JRF%202014%20Poverty%20reviews.pdf
2014
Journal articles
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Warwick-Booth L; South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K; White J, 2020, ''Small project, big difference': capacity building through a national volunteering fund: an evaluation of the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund', VOLUNTARY SECTOR REVIEW, vol. 11, pp. 21 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080520X15786512944458
2020
South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K, 2017, 'Getting past the dual logic: findings from a pilot asset mapping exercise in Sheffield, UK', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 25, pp. 105 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12274
2017
South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K; Carless D; Long J; McKenna J, 2017, 'Walking, connecting and befriending: A qualitative pilot study of participation in a lay-led walking group intervention', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 5, pp. 16 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2016.12.008
2017
Giuntoli G; Hughes S; Karban K; South J, 2015, 'Towards a middle-range theory of mental health and well-being effects of employment transitions: Findings from a qualitative study on unemployment during the 2009-2010 economic recession', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, vol. 19, pp. 389 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459314554314
2015
Nyqvist F; Forsman AK; Giuntoli G; Cattan M, 2013, 'Social capital as a resource for mental well-being in older people: A systematic review', Aging and Mental Health, vol. 17, pp. 394 - 410, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2012.742490
2013
Giuntoli G, 2012, 'Going for 'the full monty'? Unemployment and mental wellbeing during times of recession.', Mental health today (Brighton, England), pp. 24 - 27
2012
Giuntoli G; Cattan M, 2012, 'The experiences and expectations of care and support among older migrants in the UK', European Journal of Social Work, vol. 15, pp. 131 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2011.562055
2012
Reports
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Smyth C; Cortis N; Cama E; Giuntoli G; Breckenridge J; valentine K, 2020, Evaluation of 1800RESPECT – Final Report, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e4f1f2561956, https://plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/1800RESPECT-Evaluation_20200219-wp-4496.pdf
2020
Purcal C; O'Shea P; Blunden H; Zmudzki F; Giuntoli G; Fisher KR, 2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Report 1, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 13/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d1aa73b5c6e7
2019
Wong T; Giuntoli G; valentine K; Breckenridge J; Mao L, 2019, Evaluation of four community-based men’s behaviour change program pilots, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
Giuntoli G; Stewart V; Wheeler A; Gendera S; Ryan C; McAuliffe D; Fisher KR, 2019, Human Rights protection frameworks for people being treated involuntarily for a mental illness: Study findings, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5dc3992dec4e0
2019
Giuntoli G; Thorburn K; Dennis I, 2019, Development and introduction of a consumer-designed advance statement for mental health care in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District: Findings from a pilot study, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d562e5c58b5c
2019
Gendera S; Giuntoli G; Fisher KR; Kayess R, 2019, Human Rights protection frameworks for people being treated involuntarily for a mental illness: Literature review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5dc39989281e5
2019
Purcal C; Zmudzki F; Hill T; Giuntoli G; Fisher K; O’Shea P; Wehbe A, 2019, Evaluation Plan Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_55912
2019
Purcal C; Giuntoli G; Wehbe A; Fang Q; Kayess R; Fisher K; Johnson K, 2018, Outcome evaluation of icare lifetime care Community Participation Grants, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b83387b77e50, http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:51990/bin27b833d1-ab9b-439f-b9a8-969d0370106f?view=true
2018
Giuntoli G; Hill T; Zmudzki F; Fisher K; Purcal C; O'Shea P, 2018, Evaluation Plan Community-based Mental Health Programs: Community Living Supports (CLS) and Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b5fab7abe94a, http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:51691/bin711a87b5-4752-4736-97f9-76ab64b4ff9e?view=true
2018
Smyth CA; Gendera S; Giuntoli G; Hill T; Katz I; Asante D, 2017, Evaluation of Settlement Grants - Final report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 12/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5a370bda48d3c, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/10_2017/compliance_guidelines-pdf_evaluation_of_se.pdf
2017
Hamilton MG; Giuntoli G; Johnson K; Fisher KR, 2016, Transitioning Australian Respite, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 04/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Transitioning_Australian_Respite.pdf
2016
Jones AR; Katz I; Giuntoli G; Bates S; Johnson K, 2016, Quality of life after retirement from Australian Disability Enterprises, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 17/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Quality_of_life_after_retirement_from_Australian_Disability_Enterprises.pdf
2016
Bagnall A; Raine G; Kinsella K; Southby K; Spoor C; South J; Giuntoli G, 2016, Measuring well-being outcomes in older people receiving help from the Age UK ‘Together for Health’ Initiative: A social return on investment analysis - Final Report, The Centre for Health Promotion Research, Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK, http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/2887/
2016
Hamilton M; Giuntoli G; Johnson K; Fisher KR, 2016, Transition of respite to consumer directed care: Costs, benefits and impacts, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, internal-pdf://4199897608/Hamilton%20et%20al.%202016%20Transitioning_Australian_Respite.pdf%20internal-pdf://1037332316/Hamilton%20et%20al.%202016_Transitioning_Australian_Respited.docx
2016
Meltzer A; Giuntoli G; Fisher KR, 2015, What do we already know about health services for people with intellectual disability?, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Literature_review_on_models_of_health_service_delivery_Easy_Read_Report.pdf
2015
Giuntoli G; Fisher KR, 2015, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms: Literature review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 09/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report__Ronald_McDonald_Family_Rooms_Literature_Review.pdf
2015
Giuntoli G; Newton B; Fisher KR, 2015, Current Models of Health Service Delivery for People with Intellectual Disability: Literature review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 12/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report_Current_Models_of_Health_Service_Delivery_for_People_with_Intellectual_Disability.pdf
2015
Giuntoli G; Fisher KR, 2014, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms: Literature review plan, Social Policy Research Centre UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, 8/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Ronald_McDonald_Family_Rooms_literature_review_2014.pdf
2014
Cassells R; Cortis N; Duncan A; Eastman C; Gao G; Giuntoli G; Katz I; Keegan M; Macvean M; Mavisakalyan A; Shlonsky A; Skattebol J; Smyth C; valentine K, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Final Report, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney
2014
Giuntoli G; Skattebol J, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Report on Clients’ Interviews. Final Report, Annex G, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney, http://www.keepthemsafe.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/166288/KTS_Annex_G_Report_on_clients_interviews_Final_Report.pdf
2014
Giuntoli G; South J, 2013, Findings from the 'Volunteers' Views Survey'. Evaluation of the Department's of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
2013
South J; Giuntoli G; Cross R; Kinsella K; Warwick-Booth L; Woodall J; White J, 2013, An evaluation of the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
2013
Giuntoli G; Raine G; Bagnall AM, 2013, Validation of the 'Life Essentials Assessment Framework' (LEAF) questionnaire. Findings, Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
2013
Giuntoli G; Kinsella K; South J, 2012, Evaluation of the Altogether Better Asset Mapping model using Community Health Champions in Sharrow and SOAR, Sheffield, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, internal-pdf://2394146165/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202012%20Asset%20Mapping.pdf
2012
Giuntoli G; South J; Kinsella K; Karban K, 2011, Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford. JRF Findings, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://0068535747/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202011%20Mental%20health%20and%20recession_Full%20report.pdf, http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/unemployment-mental-health-summary.pdf
2011
Giuntoli G; South J; Kinsella K; Karban K, 2011, Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://2772420051/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202011%20Mental%20health%20and%20recession_Full%20report.pdf
2011
South J; Giuntoli G; Kinsella K, 2011, An evaluation of the Walking for Wellness project and the befriender role, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, internal-pdf://3063268756/South%20Giuntoli%202013%20Walking%20Wellness.pdf
2011
Cattan M; Giuntoli G, 2010, The needs of frail older people with sight loss, Thomas Pocklington Trust, London, Research Findings, internal-pdf://3977364962/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Frail%20older%20people.pdf
2010
Cattan M; Giuntoli G, 2010, Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://0920307202/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Bradford-older-people-care-full.pdf
2010
Cattan M; Giuntoli G, 2010, JRF Findings: Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://1110492658/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Bradford-older-people-care-summary.pdf
2010