Dr Stephen Handsley

Job: Programme Leader, BA Sociology / Senior Lecturer in Health Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7883

E: shandsley@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Personal profile

Dr Handsley is the Programme Leader for our BA Sociology Degree. His expertise lie in all aspects of social and cultural identity, performativity, medical sociology and death and dying.  He also teaches epidemiology, health promotion, public health and public mental health.

Research group affiliations

  • Health Policy Research Unit
  • Reproduction Research Group

Key research outputs

Handsley S, Faull C, Phelps K, Noguera A, Wale J, & Minns,T (Forthcoming) The power of purposeful pedagogy: reflective experiences of learners from a Foundation Degree in Palliative Care, Education and Research.

Douglas J, Earle S, Handsley S, Jones L C, Lloyd C E & Spurr S (eds) (2010) A Reader in promoting public health: challenge and controversy. 2nd Ed London. Sage.

Handsley S & Komaromy C (2010) ‘Death & Contagion’: contaminating bodies, in Douglas J, Earle S,Handsley S, Lloyd C & Spurr S. (Eds.). A Reader in promoting public health: challenge and controversy. 2nd ed Sage Publications in association with The Open University.

Handsley S (2009) ‘Double clutchin, bucket tipping, juggernaut driving, trucking time: a trucker’s tale’, in G Letherby & G Reynolds (eds). Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions. London. Ashgate Publishing.

Handsley S & Stocks S (2009). ‘Sociology and Nursing: role performance in a psychiatric setting’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 18(1): 26-34.

Research interests/expertise

  • Role performance in health and social care
  • Social & cultural identity
  • Care & compassion
  • Problems associated with researching hard-to-reach groups and communities
  • Methodological matters surrounding grief and mourning
  • Qualitative research methodologies in health
  • Community development, health promotion & public health
  • Pedagogy and performativity
  • Interdisciplinary teaching & learning
  • Widening participation.

Areas of teaching

BA Sociology

  • Module Leader – Developing a sociological Imagination
  • Module Leader – Identity and culture in a social world
  • Module Leader – Applied social research
  • Module Leader – Dissertation
  • Module Leader - Feminisms and masculinities

BA Health Studies

  • Module Leader - Health & disease in communities
  • Module Leader – Social aspects of health
  • Module Leader – Applied social research
  • Module Leader – Health promotion & public health


  • BA Sociology, University of Derby, 2000
  • PhD - Cultural Constructions of Mourning & Funerary Culture in the Irish Catholic Community in Derby, University of Warwick, 2007
  • PGCertHE (Distinction), De Montfort University, 2009.

Courses taught

  • BA Sociology
  • BA Health Studies
  • BA Social Work
  • MA Social Work

Membership of external committees

2007 - Present  East Midlands Teaching Public Health Steering Group.

2006 – Present PG Certificate in Palliative CareSteering Group, LOROS - Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice.

Membership of professional associations and societies

2007 - Present United Kingdom Public Health Association (UKPHA).

2000 – Present British Sociological Association (BSA).

Forthcoming events

  • BSA Medical Sociology Group 44th Annual Conference, University of Leicester, September, 2012
  • Public Health: An Update and Way Forward, London, October 2012.

Conference attendance

Care & Compassion Initiative, 10 May, 2012, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, Dignity & Compassion in Mental Health: Time for a rethink! Handsley S. & Stocks S. (Poster Presentation).

Influencing HealthCare through Education, 23 March 2010.Leicestershire, UK, Handsley S, Faull C, Noguera A, Phelps K, Wale J, Minns T & Ahmad F (2010) An evaluation of the impact of a foundation degree in palliative and supportive care: key findings, Conference Paper.

Consultancy work

Evaluation in Health Promotion and Public Health, Coventry City Council, UK.

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