Meet the team

Professor Lee-Ann Fenge

Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices

DProf, MSc, BA (Hons), CQSW, SFHEA (she/her)

I have over twenty years of experience of qualitative research in the field of health and social care. I have led a body of research from 2003 to date engaged with seldom heard voices (Gay and Grey 2003-2006; Gay and Pleasant Land 2008-2012; Seen but Seldom Heard exploring disability and social inclusion 2012 to 2016; Homelessness Seldom Heard Voices project 2017-2019; disability across the lifecourse 2022, and engaging community assets for wellbeing 2019-date).

This work concerns both the use of novel methodologies to engage ‘seldom heard’ voices within the research process within an overarching Performative Social Science methodology, and the development of learning tools which use research findings to create societal impact. Outputs are co-produced with experts by experience, community researchers, and students. I am mindful of creating social impact through research, and in recent years have created this through a range of mediums including co-produced learning tools, films and events to engage with frontline practice and the public to create impact from research.

  • Professor of Social Care
  • Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices
  • Social Care Lead for the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex

Research and Recent Publications

Barr, H., Anderson, E., Hutchings, M and Fenge, L. (in press) Social Work: An Indispensable Role in Learning to Integrate Care, Journal of Interprofessional Care

Bradley, l., Shanker, S., Heward, M., Fenge, L., and Murphy, J. (2023)Effectiveness of digital technologies to engage and support the wellbeing of people with dementia and family carers at home and in care homes: A scoping review, Dementia, https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012231178445

Baker, R. et al. ( 2023) Common health assets protocol: a mixed-methods, realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community-led organisations (CLOs) impact on the health and well-being of people living in deprived areas, BMJ Public Health https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/13/3/e069979.full

Pulman, A., & Fenge, L. (2023) Building Capacity for Social Care Research – Personal and organisational barriers facing practitioners, British Journal of Social Work, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcad117

Amenyah S. D., Waters D., Tang W., Fenge L. & Murphy J. L., (2022). Systematic realist synthesis of health-related and lifestyle interventions designed to decrease overweight, obesity and unemployment in adults, Current Developments in Nutrition 6 (Supplement_1): 1045-1045 https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzac070.004

McGee C., Barlow-Pay M, Vassilev, I, Baird J, Fenge L, Chase D & Parkes J. (2022) Supporting and enabling health research in a local authority (SERLA): an exploratory study, BMC Public Health, 22(1): 1316 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13396-2

Amenyah, S., Murphy, J., and Fenge, L. 2021. Evaluation of a health-related intervention to reduce overweight, obesity and increase employment in France and the United Kingdom: A Mixed-Methods Realist Evaluation Protocol, BMC Public Health, 21. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/ articles/10.1186/s12889-021-10523-3

Oliver, L. and Fenge, L. 2020. Child-to-Parent Violence and Abuse: Navigating the Ethical Line When Involving Children in Biographic Research, Ethics and Social Welfare, 14(4) 443-450 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17496535.202 0.1839184?journalCode=resw20

Oakley, L., Fenge, L. and Taylor B 2020.‘I call it the hero complex’–Critical considerations of power and privilege and seeking to be an agent of social and personal change in qualitative researchers’ experience, Qualitative Research in Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2020.1718813

Fenge, L., Oakley, L., Taylor, B. and Beer, S. 2019. The impact of sensitive research on the researcher: preparedness and positionality, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18: 1–8 https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919893161

Fenge, L., Melacca, D, Lee, S. and Rosenorn-Lanng, E. 2019. Older peoples’ preferences and challenges when using digital technology: a systematic review with particular reference to digital games, International Journal of Education and Ageing, 5 (1), 61-78

Fenge, L. Cutts, W. and Seagrave, J. 2018. Understanding homelessness through poetic inquiry: looking into the shadows, Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 19 (3), 119-133


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