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)