Neil’s PhD focused on microcredit for enterprise in the UK specifically exploring: issues related to this loan type in a welfare state; how microcredit for enterprise in the UK is conceptualised; and the claim microcredit for enterprise could act as a stimulant to the determinants of health. He was involved in the CSO funded FinWell project (2015-2017) that aimed to investigate associations between use of fair-priced microcredit and health and wellbeing. He is Co-I on the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity funded FinWell 2 project (2019-2020) that aims to explore the link between managing finances and health among individuals with multiple long-term conditions in London.
Neil is also involved in research eliciting social values in the context of health resource allocation. In particular, he was part of the research team, led by Professor Baker, in a MRC funded project (2011-2014) which used Q methodology and developed Q survey (Q2S) methods to investigate societal views about the relative value of end of life technologies. He continued to work on issues relating to end of life through the CSO funded EQWEL project which was led by Professor Pinto Prades (2014-2017). The aim of which was to examine individual and societal preferences for health gains at the end of life relative to those from non-terminal health problems and for different types of end of life health gains. He has recently received funding from the Wellcome Trust (2019-2020) to explore a Health-in-All-Polices approach to priority setting for health inequalities in the UK.
He continues to be involved in work around issues relating to the Third Sector, in particular Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and in conceptualising the pathways through which Third Sector initiatives, such as microcredit, could act as upstream public health initiatives.
He has experience using Q methodology, Q2S methods, qualitative methods and stated preference techniques, such as Willingness to Pay (WTP) and Person Trade-off (PTO). He is module leader for the ‘Microfinance: theory and practice’ module taught as part of the MSc Social Innovation and he is an external associate member of CHASM (University of Birmingham). He has published in a wide variety of social science journals.
Neil is interested in supervising research students in: social values in the context of health resource allocation; health in all policies; microfinance; upstream ways to tackle health inequalities; and social impact bonds. He can offer supervision of the following methods: Q methodology, Q survey (Q2S) methods, qualitative methods and stated preference techniques, such as Willingness to Pay (WTP) and Person Trade-off (PTO).