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Dr Cornelia Guell

Dr Cornelia Guell

Lecturer (E&R)

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Dr Cornelia Guell is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on healthy living practices and policies and how these are shaped across the lifecycle, population groups, and socio-cultural, political and economic contexts.

After completing a first degree in sociology and social anthropology at the University of Heidelberg and graduate training in medical anthropology at Brunel University, Conny was awarded an ESRC PhD scholarship and a Wenner-Gren dissertation grant to explore Turkish immigrant experiences with diabetes care in Berlin, Germany (PhD in Social Anthropology, Edinburgh, 2009). She undertook postdoctoral research on physical activity in British Pakistani women at Durham University, and was the qualitative research lead on a mixed-method project to investigate decision-making and social contexts in commuting at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge. After three years of teaching and research (on diabetes care and chronic disease policy implementation) at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Conny returned to CEDAR to conduct an ethnographic study on aspirations for active ageing; she also led on a knowledge exchange study in transport and health.

Now based at ECEHH, Conny continues to develop social theoretical and qualitative methodological approaches for exploring the social and physical environments that shape health behaviours. A particular interest lies in framing behaviour change within social practice theories, and in understanding multi-sectoral policy responses to chronic diseases in the UK, the Caribbean region and elsewhere.

Qualifications

  • 2009 PhD Social Anthropology (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2006 MSc by Research Anthropology of Health and Illness (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2004 MSc Medical Anthropology (Brunel University)
  • 2003 MA Sociology and Social Anthropology (University of Heidelberg)

Research

Research interests

  • Social and physical environments of active living and healthy diets
  • Social practice theories to understand behavior change
  • Knowledge exchange and policy-making processes
  • Ethnographic and participatory research methods
  • Qualitative methods development
  • Global public health

Research projects

  • Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award: Pooled qualitative analysis to develop a new social science approach to population strategies to promote active living (Principal Investigator)
  • MRC Global Challenges Foundation Award: Developing theory and methods for evaluating the impact of community food initiatives on NCD risk, social and economic wellbeing and the environment in LMICs (Co-Investigator)
  • DFID/MRC/Wellcome Trust/ESRC: Development and evaluation of system dynamics methods to engage with policy makers on the prevention and control of diabetes in a middle income region (Co-Investigator)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Guell C, Mackett R, Ogilvie D (2017). Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange at the intersection of transport and public health. BMC Public Health, 17(1).
Hanson S, Guell C, Jones A (2016). Walking groups in socioeconomically deprived communities: a qualitative study using photo elicitation. Health & Place, 39, 26-33.
Guell C, Shefer G, Griffin S, Ogilvie D (2016). ‘Keeping your body and mind active’: an ethnographic study of aspirations for healthy ageing: Table 1. BMJ Open, 6(1), e009973-e009973.
Guell C, Ogilvie D (2013). Picturing commuting: photovoice and seeking well-being in everyday travel. Qualitative Research, 15(2), 201-218.
Guell C, Panter J, Jones NR, Ogilvie D (2012). Towards a differentiated understanding of active travel behaviour: Using social theory to explore everyday commuting. Social Science & Medicine, 75(1), 233-239.
Guell C (2011). Candi(e)d Action: Biosocialities of Turkish Berliners Living with Diabetes. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 25(3), 377-394.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Guell C, Mackett R, Ogilvie D (2017). Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange at the intersection of transport and public health. BMC Public Health, 17(1).
Guell C (2016). Painful Childhood: Children Living with Juvenile Arthritis. Qualitative Health Research, 17(7), 884-892.
Guariguata L, Guell C, Samuels TA, Rouwette EAJA, Woodcock J, Hambleton IR, Unwin N (2016). Systems Science for Caribbean Health: the development and piloting of a model for guiding policy on diabetes in the Caribbean. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1).
Unwin N, Samuels TA, Hassell T, Brownson RC, Guell C (2016). The Development of Public Policies to Address Non-communicable Diseases in the Caribbean Country of Barbados: the Importance of Problem Framing and Policy Entrepreneurs. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(2), 71-82.
Hanson S, Guell C, Jones A (2016). Walking groups in socioeconomically deprived communities: a qualitative study using photo elicitation. Health & Place, 39, 26-33.
Guell C, Shefer G, Griffin S, Ogilvie D (2016). ‘Keeping your body and mind active’: an ethnographic study of aspirations for healthy ageing: Table 1. BMJ Open, 6(1), e009973-e009973.
Alvarado M, Murphy MM, Guell C (2015). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity amongst overweight and obese women in an Afro-Caribbean population: a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Guell C, Unwin N (2015). Barriers to diabetic foot care in a developing country with a high incidence of diabetes related amputations: an exploratory qualitative interview study. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1).
Sobers-Grannum N, Murphy MM, Nielsen A, Guell C, Samuels TA, Bishop L, Unwin N (2015). Female Gender is a Social Determinant of Diabetes in the Caribbean: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0126799-e0126799.
Kesten JM, Guell C, Cohn S, Ogilvie D (2015). From the concrete to the intangible: understanding the diverse experiences and impacts of new transport infrastructure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Christian T, Guell C (2015). Knowledge and Attitudes of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Caribbean Women: a Qualitative Interview Study from Barbados. Women & Health, 55(5), 566-579.
Keizer Beache S, Guell C (2015). Non-urgent accident and emergency department use as a socially shared custom: a qualitative study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 33(1), 47-51.
Granado MN, Guell C, Hambleton IR, Hennis AJM, Rose AMC (2013). Exploring breast cancer screening barriers among Barbadian women: a focus group study of mammography in a resource-constrained setting. Critical Public Health, 24(4), 429-444.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2013). How do couples influence each other’s physical activity behaviours in retirement? an exploratory qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 13(1).
Guell C, Ogilvie D (2013). Picturing commuting: photovoice and seeking well-being in everyday travel. Qualitative Research, 15(2), 201-218.
Guell C, Panter J, Ogilvie D (2013). Walking and cycling to work despite reporting an unsupportive environment: insights from a mixed-method exploration of counterintuitive findings. BMC Public Health, 13(1).
Pollard TM, Guell C (2012). Assessing Physical Activity in Muslim Women of South Asian Origin. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(7), 970-976.
Goodman A, Guell C, Panter J, Jones NR, Ogilvie D (2012). Healthy travel and the socio-economic structure of car commuting in Cambridge, UK: a mixed-methods analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 74(12), 1929-1938.
Samuels TA, Guell C, Legetic B, Unwin N (2012). Policy initiatives, culture and the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean. Ethnicity & Health, 17(6), 631-649.
Guell C (2012). Self-Care at the Margins: Meals and Meters in Migrants’ Diabetes Tactics. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 26(4), 518-533.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2012). The experience of physical activity and the transition to retirement: a systematic review and integrative synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), 97-97.
Guell C, Panter J, Jones NR, Ogilvie D (2012). Towards a differentiated understanding of active travel behaviour: Using social theory to explore everyday commuting. Social Science & Medicine, 75(1), 233-239.
Guell C (2011). Candi(e)d Action: Biosocialities of Turkish Berliners Living with Diabetes. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 25(3), 377-394.
Guell C (2011). Diabetes management as a Turkish family affair: Chronic illness as a social experience. Annals of Human Biology, 38(4), 438-444.
Barnett I, Ogilvie D, Guell C (2011). Physical activity and the transition to retirement: a mixed-method systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl 2), A34-A34.
Ogilvie D, Griffin S, Jones A, Mackett R, Guell C, Panter J, Jones N, Cohn S, Yang L, Chapman C, et al (2010). Commuting and health in Cambridge: a study of a 'natural experiment' in the provision of new transport infrastructure. BMC Public Health, 10(1).

Chapters

Unwin N, Guell C, Sobers-Grannum N, Nielsen A (2016). System dynamics modelling and finding solutions to the ‘wicked’ Public Health problem of preventing chronic diseases. In Neal ZP (Ed) Handbook of Applied System Science, Routledge. Abstract.

Conferences

Panter J, Guell C, Prins R, Ogilvie D (2016). Concepts and mechanisms linking environmental change with changes in physical activity: a systematic review. Public Health Science.
Guell C, Griffin S, Ogilvie D (2016). Ideal types of activeness in later life and implication for promoting physical activity: an ethnographic study. Society for Social Medicine, 60th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2016. Abstract.
Guell C, Mackett R, Ogilvie D (2016). Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange in transport and public health. Public Health Science.  Abstract.
Sobers Grannum NP, Murphy M, Nielsen A, Guell C, Samuels TA, Bishop L, Unwin N (2015). Health inequities in diabetes, its risk factors, and adverse outcomes in populations living in the Caribbean: a systematic review. Caribbean Public Health Agency: 60th Annual Scientific Meeting.  Abstract.
Goodman A, Guell C, Panter J, Ogilvie D (2011). How and why do people commute by car? a mixed-methods investigation. Society for Social Medicine 55th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2011. Abstract.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2011). Physical activity and the transition to retirement: a mixed-method systematic review. Society for Social Medicine 55th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2011. Abstract.

Publications by year


2017

Guell C, Mackett R, Ogilvie D (2017). Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange at the intersection of transport and public health. BMC Public Health, 17(1).

2016

Panter J, Guell C, Prins R, Ogilvie D (2016). Concepts and mechanisms linking environmental change with changes in physical activity: a systematic review. Public Health Science.
Guell C, Griffin S, Ogilvie D (2016). Ideal types of activeness in later life and implication for promoting physical activity: an ethnographic study. Society for Social Medicine, 60th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2016. Abstract.
Guell C, Mackett R, Ogilvie D (2016). Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange in transport and public health. Public Health Science.  Abstract.
Guell C (2016). Painful Childhood: Children Living with Juvenile Arthritis. Qualitative Health Research, 17(7), 884-892.
Unwin N, Guell C, Sobers-Grannum N, Nielsen A (2016). System dynamics modelling and finding solutions to the ‘wicked’ Public Health problem of preventing chronic diseases. In Neal ZP (Ed) Handbook of Applied System Science, Routledge. Abstract.
Guariguata L, Guell C, Samuels TA, Rouwette EAJA, Woodcock J, Hambleton IR, Unwin N (2016). Systems Science for Caribbean Health: the development and piloting of a model for guiding policy on diabetes in the Caribbean. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1).
Unwin N, Samuels TA, Hassell T, Brownson RC, Guell C (2016). The Development of Public Policies to Address Non-communicable Diseases in the Caribbean Country of Barbados: the Importance of Problem Framing and Policy Entrepreneurs. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(2), 71-82.
Hanson S, Guell C, Jones A (2016). Walking groups in socioeconomically deprived communities: a qualitative study using photo elicitation. Health & Place, 39, 26-33.
Guell C, Shefer G, Griffin S, Ogilvie D (2016). ‘Keeping your body and mind active’: an ethnographic study of aspirations for healthy ageing: Table 1. BMJ Open, 6(1), e009973-e009973.

2015

Alvarado M, Murphy MM, Guell C (2015). Barriers and facilitators to physical activity amongst overweight and obese women in an Afro-Caribbean population: a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Guell C, Unwin N (2015). Barriers to diabetic foot care in a developing country with a high incidence of diabetes related amputations: an exploratory qualitative interview study. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1).
Sobers-Grannum N, Murphy MM, Nielsen A, Guell C, Samuels TA, Bishop L, Unwin N (2015). Female Gender is a Social Determinant of Diabetes in the Caribbean: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0126799-e0126799.
Kesten JM, Guell C, Cohn S, Ogilvie D (2015). From the concrete to the intangible: understanding the diverse experiences and impacts of new transport infrastructure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Sobers Grannum NP, Murphy M, Nielsen A, Guell C, Samuels TA, Bishop L, Unwin N (2015). Health inequities in diabetes, its risk factors, and adverse outcomes in populations living in the Caribbean: a systematic review. Caribbean Public Health Agency: 60th Annual Scientific Meeting.  Abstract.
Christian T, Guell C (2015). Knowledge and Attitudes of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Caribbean Women: a Qualitative Interview Study from Barbados. Women & Health, 55(5), 566-579.
Keizer Beache S, Guell C (2015). Non-urgent accident and emergency department use as a socially shared custom: a qualitative study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 33(1), 47-51.

2013

Granado MN, Guell C, Hambleton IR, Hennis AJM, Rose AMC (2013). Exploring breast cancer screening barriers among Barbadian women: a focus group study of mammography in a resource-constrained setting. Critical Public Health, 24(4), 429-444.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2013). How do couples influence each other’s physical activity behaviours in retirement? an exploratory qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 13(1).
Guell C, Ogilvie D (2013). Picturing commuting: photovoice and seeking well-being in everyday travel. Qualitative Research, 15(2), 201-218.
Guell C, Panter J, Ogilvie D (2013). Walking and cycling to work despite reporting an unsupportive environment: insights from a mixed-method exploration of counterintuitive findings. BMC Public Health, 13(1).

2012

Pollard TM, Guell C (2012). Assessing Physical Activity in Muslim Women of South Asian Origin. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(7), 970-976.
Goodman A, Guell C, Panter J, Jones NR, Ogilvie D (2012). Healthy travel and the socio-economic structure of car commuting in Cambridge, UK: a mixed-methods analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 74(12), 1929-1938.
Samuels TA, Guell C, Legetic B, Unwin N (2012). Policy initiatives, culture and the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean. Ethnicity & Health, 17(6), 631-649.
Guell C (2012). Self-Care at the Margins: Meals and Meters in Migrants’ Diabetes Tactics. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 26(4), 518-533.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2012). The experience of physical activity and the transition to retirement: a systematic review and integrative synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), 97-97.
Guell C, Panter J, Jones NR, Ogilvie D (2012). Towards a differentiated understanding of active travel behaviour: Using social theory to explore everyday commuting. Social Science & Medicine, 75(1), 233-239.

2011

Guell C (2011). Candi(e)d Action: Biosocialities of Turkish Berliners Living with Diabetes. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 25(3), 377-394.
Guell C (2011). Diabetes management as a Turkish family affair: Chronic illness as a social experience. Annals of Human Biology, 38(4), 438-444.
Goodman A, Guell C, Panter J, Ogilvie D (2011). How and why do people commute by car? a mixed-methods investigation. Society for Social Medicine 55th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2011. Abstract.
Barnett I, Guell C, Ogilvie D (2011). Physical activity and the transition to retirement: a mixed-method systematic review. Society for Social Medicine 55th Annual Scientific Meeting. 14th - 16th Sep 2011. Abstract.
Barnett I, Ogilvie D, Guell C (2011). Physical activity and the transition to retirement: a mixed-method systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl 2), A34-A34.

2010

Ogilvie D, Griffin S, Jones A, Mackett R, Guell C, Panter J, Jones N, Cohn S, Yang L, Chapman C, et al (2010). Commuting and health in Cambridge: a study of a 'natural experiment' in the provision of new transport infrastructure. BMC Public Health, 10(1).

Conny contributes to the delivery of the MSc in Environment and Human Health, and supervises MSc and PhD students.

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