Neil’s PhD focused on microcredit for enterprise in the UK specifically exploring: theoretical issues relating to this loan type in a welfare state; the understanding of microcredit for enterprise in the UK; and the claim microcredit for enterprise could act as a stimulant to the determinants of health. His research into microcredit continues through membership of the CSO funded FinWell project. This project’s aim is to investigate associations between use of fair-priced microcredit and health and wellbeing.
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 which used Q methodology and developed Q survey (Q2S) methods to investigate societal views about the relative value of end of life technologies. He continues to work on issues relating to end of life through the CSO funded EQWEL project which is led by Professor Pinto Prades. The aim of which is 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 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 an external associate member of CHASM (University of Birmingham) and has published in Evaluation, BMC Medical Ethics, Voluntas, Social Policy and Society and the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.