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Joy Walker

Lecturer in Public Health

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 236387


Previously I have worked as a Senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, as an NHS Research Fellow, a freelance researcher and as a health practitioner in diverse primary care settings in both Leeds and Bradford. I have experience of working with health and medical teams in Bangladesh and Israel and with public health academics in South Africa. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a lecturer in Public Health and Community Wellbeing at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford. My research interests include family, parent-child interactions, evaluation research, sex education and teenage pregnancy. These research interests have inspired my current PhD study. A commendation was awarded for my First Class undergraduate dissertation ‘A Phenomenological study of parents’ perceptions of support following their child’s diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis. My Masters dissertation ‘Sex Education and reducing teenage pregnancy – parents as health educators?’ gained a Distinction from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998. Current Projects: Studying for a PhD in the School of Sociology and Social policy at the University of Leeds. My qualitative longitudinal research study aims to explore new and emergent thinking about infertility that shapes peoples’ understanding of involuntary childlessness and subsequently how these are lived and given meaning as future ‘families’ are sought through assisted conception and adoption. Three recent conference presentations include: Walker, J.L. (2017) Infertility decisions- do we really understand the complexity? Human Reproductive Study Group Annual Conference. Leicester, De Montfort University, 23rd May 2017. Walker, J.L. (2015) Trying to beat time: decisions about ‘future’ families. BSA Annual Conference. Societies in Transition: progression or regression? Glasgow Caledonian University, 16th April 2015. Walker J.L. (2014) Understanding kinship and (in)fertility. Human Reproductive Study Group Conference. Lancaster University, 24th July 2014.