Nicole Tornes

PhD Student
Glasgow Caledonian University
Nicole joined the Yunus Centre in 2017 and is pursuing a PhD in Social Policy. Her research focuses on evaluating the long-term wider impact of a third sector organisation that aims to re-engage and empower homeless groups worldwide through sport. She aims to critically examine the impact such an initiative has on health and social outcomes, and its wider effect on enhancing access to peripheral community support to better navigate areas of normal struggle for marginalized participants. The implications of such a study will hope to highlight the third sectors role in addressing service-resistant problems like loneliness and stigma, and the ways in which to best address the social determinants of health, build resilience and promote self-care and independence amongst marginalised groups. The research is supervised by Simon Teasdale, Michael Roy and Fiona Reid.

Prior to working at GCU, Nicole gained a M.Sc. in Global Health from the University of Glasgow. Here she carried out research investigating the impact of housing and neighbourhood regeneration on mental health outcomes of migrants in low income areas of Glasgow, as part of the wider GoWell research programme. In 2012, she gained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Biology from the University of Edinburgh with a major in malaria control strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.