Dr HEATHER MORGAN

Lecturer

LLB (Hons), CertHE, MRes, FHEA, PhD

Dr HEATHER MORGAN

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 437860
Email: h.morgan@abdn.ac.uk
Personal website:

Academia.edu, FacebookLinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-6118-8911

 

Address: Postgraduate Education Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences
1.072 Polwarth Building, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
 

Biography

Heather is a multidisciplinary social scientist whose training spans law, French language, forensic medicine, philosophy, gender studies, social research, sociology, criminology and health services research. She joined the Postgrauate Education Group within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences on 01 October 2017. She previously worked at the Chief Scientist Office-funded Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, from February 2012 to September 2017.

Heather is a member of several national and international research groups, is co-founder of the newly formed SAGES ForaPollinating Wellbeing’, and works closely with NHS England/Scotland, the Scottish Government, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Scottish Health Technologies Group, Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Digital Health and Care Institute Scotland, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen City Council Health and Social Care Partnership, Sport Aberdeen and numerous industry and third sector partners to undertake and apply her research. To date, Heather has individually or jointly secured research funding totalling more than £1.6m. She is lead author or co-author of over fifteen peer-reviewed papers (including four as lead author in the last year) and two edited collections. She reviews for a number of high impact journals/publishers and has assessed grant applications for the German government. Heather is co-creator/developer of Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game for iOS devices: [m]apping

Heather studied at the University of Aberdeen from 2001-2013 and received her first degree in Law - options in French Language and Forensic Medicine - (LLB (Hons)) in 2005, a Certificate (CertHE) in Gender Studies and Philosophy in 2006, a Masters (MRes) degree in Social Research in 2007 and her Doctorate (PhD) in 2013. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2011. Heather led several multidisciplinary collaborations before transitioning into health services research in 2012. She was selected as a participant of the prestigious Scottish Crucible leadership and development programme in 2015. 

Research Interests

Heather specialises in research into the use of (digital) technologies to generate, document, analyse and respond to information about human biomarkers and behaviours, by individuals and organisations. She researches how the addition or integration of such technologies into everyday living is viewed and experienced, the ways in which they impact on social life at a number of levels (e.g. personal, public, political, economic) and their implications, including unintended consequences.

Heather primarily uses qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis, often involving ethnographic, narrative and case study methods, in a range of settings. She also leads and/or contributes to mixed methods studies and has: undertaken systematic reviews (mixed methods and critical interpretive syntheses); utilised and developed behaviour change taxonomies; co-designed and co-analysed two large scale surveys and a discrete choice experiment; and managed feasibility and intervention (randomised controlled trial) studies.

Current Research

Heather’s current work explores uses of: various personal health self-monitoring technologies within and independently of health and social care services (fertility tracking; sleep hygiene; athletes’ use of performance apps; apps/wearables for weight loss; video-delivery of exercise programmes in sheltered housing); electronic records in ambulances (ERA); post-intensive care rehabilitation: an evaluation of the scaling up of the InS:PIRE programme; RAACENO: the use of devices to inform prevention of childhood asthma attacks; and blockchain technology’s potential application for health services and research.

Her previous work has looked at: European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): working with professional football clubs to help men become more active and less sedentary; self-management of long-term health conditions (including using health self-monitoring technologies); surveillance interventions for healthy behaviours in pregnancy (particularly around smoking, including the use of home indoor air quality monitoring and financial incentives contingent on carbon monoxide exhalation monitoring); and gender/deviance in police CCTV operations.

Research Grants

 

Dates

Award holder(s)

Funding body

Title

Value

2017-2020

Co-applicant (PI: Steve Turner, University of Aberdeen)

 

NIHR/EME

Research study: Reducing asthma attacks in children using exhaled nitric oxide as a biomarker to inform treatment strategy – a randomised trial (RAACENO).

£1,534,562.32

2016-2018

Co-convenor (with Beverley Searle, University of Dundee)

 

Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES)

Funds to establish ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ Forum.

£5,440.00

02 August 2017

Personal award

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2017, Outstanding Achievement: Early Career Category.

£200.00

July 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Aberdeen Humanities Fund/Development Trust: Cities of Ghosts

For the [M]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project.

£740.00

June 2017

Lead applicant, group award

Marie Curie Alumni Association, Scotland Chapter

Funds to support HSRU public engagement activity in late 2017.

£198.80

May 2017

Lead applicant, group award

Public Engagement with Research Unit, University of Aberdeen –  Enabling Award

Funds to support HSRU public engagement activity at May Festival 2017.

£424.60

May 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Sport Aberdeen/Aberdeen City Council using funds from The Heritage Lottery Fund

For the [M]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project. To work with Sport Aberdeen to co-create a version of our app for the March Stones initiative over summer 2017.

£1800.00

May 2017

Personal Award

Institute for Medical Education, University of Aberdeen

Funded summer intern position. To support exploration of digital health medical education in the UK.

£1500.00

February 2017

Personal award

Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Staff Development Budget. To attend and present at a conference.

£300.00

January 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

 

sound festival

For the [m]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen to continue development of the [m]apping mobile application and link through to the Aberdeen soundsites project.

£2,219.00

February-July 2016

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation award, University of Aberdeen

‘From GEOrge Washington Wilson to GEOtagging: Mapping and Apping the city.’ Award of funds to create a history, health, sonic, visual and tourism app, building on and combining our programme of recent public engagement with research activities: [m]apping.

£7,923.00

29 May 2016

Personal award

 

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2016, Winner: Early Career Category.

£400.00 + £400.00 for activity

10-13 May 2016

Co-PI (with Becky Brown, University of Aberdeen and Luna Dolezal, University of Durham)

Fondation Brocher, Switzerland

Funds to host residential workshop entitled: ‘Vice and Virtue: the Rise of Self-Tracking Technologies and the Moralising of Health Behaviours’, Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Switzerland.

6,000.00 SWISS FRANCS

01 August 2015 – 31 January 2016

PI

 

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Fellowship Development Award, University of Aberdeen

Research study: ‘Using self-administered health monitoring technologies to support self-management of long-term conditions: a qualitative evidence synthesis.’

£24,894.00

October 2015

Personal award

Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Staff Development Budget. To attend and present at a conference.

£200.00

31 May 2015

Personal award

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2015, Outstanding Achievement: Early Career Category.

£200.00

30-31 May 2015

Personal award

Scottish Government

Funds to allow 'Take it right outside' equipment (pop up house, augmented reality kit and one staff member) to be brought to Aberdeen for May Festival event. 

£669.00

June 2012

 

Co-PI (with Dr Suzanne Young of SCCJR)

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Funds to facilitate a workshop for academics and practitioners entitled: 'Investigating the Role of Gender in Police Decision Making.'

£804.00

2008, 2009, 2011

 

PI

Roberts Fund, University of Aberdeen

Funds to support College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward.

£1,750.00

2008, 2009, 2011

 

PI

 

College of Arts and Social Sciences and constituent Schools, University of Aberdeen

Funds to support College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward.

£12,400.00

March 2010

Personal award

ESRC/University of Durham.

Funds to attend 'Writing Across Boundaries' residential Researcher Development Workshop. 

£500.00

October 2007 – September 2010

Personal award

College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Awarded a fees-only PhD studentship. 

 

£10,800.00

July 2009

 

Personal award

Principal's Small Grants Fund, University of Aberdeen

Awarded funds to visit the Center for Gender Studies, University of Chicago, to present at their staff/student seminar series, and to visit the Chicago Police Department in order to carry out research fieldwork. 

£1,455.88

 

July 2009

 

Co-PI (with Lindsay Milligan, University of Aberdeen)

Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, Higher Education Academy

Awarded a sum to provide several home and overseas travel bursaries for delegates of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward. 

£550.00

July 2009

 

Co-PI (with Lindsay Milligan, University of Aberdeen)

Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, Higher Education Academy

Awarded a sum to provide several home and overseas travel bursaries for delegates of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward. 

£550.00

Teaching Responsibilities

Heather contributes to the training, supervision and assessment of BSc, MSc and PhD students across a range of disciplines’ programmes at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and has run courses for the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Academic Development. She previously taught on University of Aberdeen undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Gender Studies, Sociology and Health Studies in the School of Social Science (2007-2012) and social aspects of health in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (since 2009), as well as on the interdisciplinary Sixth Century Course in Sustainable International Development (2011).

Recent postgraduate research supervision

PhD

- Santosh Gaihre ‘Factors influencing the development and implementation of complex household interventions to improve food security, nutrition, the household environment and health in low and middle income countries - A case study from Nepal.’ (Co-supervisor; viva June 2017, minor corrections).

MSc

Internal

(as lead supervisor):

- Kelly Buchan ‘Using the OnitorTrack product for weight loss – a feasibility study among overweight/obese women.’ MSc Human Nutrition 2017.

(as second supervisor):

- Tieri Saggers ‘Do we adequately capture dynamic aspects of fatigue symptom experience in daily life?’ MSc Health Psychology 2017.

- Sam Matson ‘Do we adequately capture dynamic aspects of pain symptom experience in daily life?’ MSc Health Psychology, 2017.

External

- Marty Martin ‘Behaviour Change Techniques in Top Ranked Mobile Apps for Insomnia Management.’ MSc in Global eHealth, University of Edinburgh (Project co-supervisor 2016-18).

 

Current teaching

Programme/Module (and code)

Degree title

Work-Based Placements (PU5521) 

MSc Public Health Research/MSc Global Health and Management/MSc

Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5527)

MSc Public Health Research/MSc Global Health and Management/MSc Human Nutrition

Introduction to Visual Culture and Theory (FS5017)

MLitt Film and Visual Culture

Research Methods and Practice (PU5024)

MSc Health Psychology

Biomedical Sciences Honours Projects (MB4050)

BSc Biomedical Sciences

Aberdeen City Lab – designing solutions to city-wide challenges (PD3002/3502)

Sixth Century Course

Exercise and Health (SR2501)

BSc Exercise and Health Science

 

External Responsibilities

Heather is:

Admin Responsibilities

Heather is:
 

Heather is also:

  • Member of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
  • Member the University’s Employee Engagement Group

Public and Professional Engagement

Through research collaborations, as well as a portfolio of public engagement with research activities, including extensive media coverage of her work on digital fitness tracking and the health implications and social aspects of high heels wear, Heather has become a STEM ambassador, NCCPE network leader for our Institute of Applied Health Sciences and champion for research and science co-production and communication. Heather was awarded Principal’s Prizes for Public Engagement with Research in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Heather actively uses Twitter for research-related purposes (@hm_morgan) and writes an autoethnographic blog detailing her own experiences of health self-tracking and being a ‘quantified self’: ‘Confessions of a fitness tracker’. Heather has external experience in the independent monitoring of prisons (Scottish Government, 2010-2013). In 2016, she was invited to become a Trustee of the New Nicotine Alliance charity, following her work in the field of smoking/air quality research, and to join the board of the Open Data Institute’s Aberdeen node. Heather is co-creator/developer of Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game for iOS devices: [m]apping.

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