Research Associate (Education)


Jo graduated with a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Strathclyde University in 2007, and a MRes in Public Policy from Glasgow University in 2010. Her PhD (obtained in 2014, also from Glasgow University) explored young people’s experiences of growing up in two deprived neighbourhoods in Glasgow that were undergoing large scale regeneration (including demolition and relocation). Both her MRes and PhD were affiliated with GoWell. Jo used a qualitative multi-method participatory approach (including go-alongs and photo-elicitation).

From 2015-2017 she was employed as a qualitative research associate in the Public Health department at the University of Glasgow. Her post involved exploring older adults’ lived experiences of unemployment and poor health during their participation in a return to work programme in Scotland. 

She joined the School of Education in December 2017, where she works full time as a research associate in the SUEUAA project.


Sweeting, H. , Smith, E., Neary, J. and Wright, C. (2016) 'Now I care': a qualitative study of how overweight adolescents managed their weight in the transition to adulthood. BMJ Open, 6(11), e010774. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010774) (PMID:27807079) (PMCID:PMC5128912)

Brown, J. et al. (2015) Protocol for a mixed-methods longitudinal study to identify factors influencing return to work in the over 50s participating in the UK work programme: supporting older people into employment (SOPIE). BMJ Open, 5(12), e010525. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010525) (PMID:26674507) (PMCID:PMC4691729)

Egan, M., Lawson, L., Kearns, A., Conway, E. and Neary, J. (2015) Neighbourhood demolition, relocation and health: a qualitative longitudinal study of housing-led urban regeneration in Glasgow, UK. Health and Place, 33, pp. 101-108. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.006) (PMID:25814338) (PMCID:PMC4463975)

Egan, M., Neary, J., Keenan, P.J. and Bond, L. (2013) Perceptions of antisocial behaviour and negative attitudes towards young people: focus group evidence from adult residents of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods (Glasgow, UK). Journal of Youth Studies, 16(5), pp. 612-627. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2012.733809)

Neary, J., Egan, M., Keenan, P.J., Lawson, L. and Bond, L. (2013) Damned if they do, damned if they don't: negotiating the tricky context of anti-social behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(1), pp. 118-134. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2012.710745)

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