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Nina Jacob

Dr Nina Jacob


Research Associate - Qualitative

School of Medicine

Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a qualitative researcher at Cardiff University's Centre for Trials Research.  My background is in medical sociology and I have used and developed a wide range of qualitative methods to advance the science of improvement and implementation in health and social care.

My research comes together around distinct three themes.

  • Combining insights from sociology and ethnography to study the implementation and use of technologies to support healthcare work and their effects on patient safety and quality of care
  • Developing participatory community based approaches to studying the experiences of health and illness in minority ethnic communities in order to shape interventions to reduce inequalities in health
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion in research and public involvement including innovation in more collaborative forms of patient and public involvement in which people are seen as partners in research and intervention development



















Current / recent projects 

Principal investigator for Talking Trials: participatory approaches to creating community dialogue 

Qualitative researcher for:

The RCN-funded ProJudge study (examining the use of professional judgement in nurse staffing decisions)

The NIHR-funded PUMA study (Paediatric early warning system - Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance): prospective mixed-methods before and after study of the development, implementation and evaluation of a programme to improve paediatric early warning systems:

DOMINO-HD (Multi-Domain Lifestyle Targets for Improving ProgNOsis in Huntington's Disease): This JPND funded consortium is investigating how lifestyle and genetic factors may be influencing the progression of Huntington's disease (HD). As part of this we are also looking at how digital technologies (such as activity trackers) can be used to support people with HD and HD research.

The MRC funded PrinciPILs study looking at developing and testing participant information leaflets that inform and do not cause harm.

TRAK-MSK: A randomised controlled feasibility study of TRAK musculoskeletal digital self-management physiotherapy intervention for individuals with musculoskeletal pain. CI - Dr Kate Button (Cardiff and Vale University Health Board/Cardiff University)

NIHR PHR funded study PHaCT; Preventing Homelessness, improving health for people leaving prison: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a Critical Time intervention 

3P: Optimisation and feasibility of Triple P parenting programme for remote delivery study to assess the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial of remote Group Triple P, an intervention designed to help parents develop strategies to build relationships and confidently manage their children’s behaviour.


Research funding

'Talking Trials': participatory approaches to creating community dialogue (Principal investigator, £59,880 Rethinking public dialogue: a UKRI experimentation fund)

‘Self-harm and Suicide in Children and Young People Research Collaboration’, GW4 (£56,720.94), (Co-applicant)

ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund, ESRC 'Exploring the potential for technological support for self-harm' (£3k), (Principal investigator)

‘Self-harm and suicide in children and young people research collaboration’ for GW4 (£4k), (Co-applicant)

Cardiff incoming visiting award, for Cardiff University (£5k), (Principal investigator)

‘Understanding the role of social media in the aftermath of youth suicides’ for Department of Health (£188,147) (Co-applicant)

‘The efficacy of the virtual support world for young people who self-harm and its use in ‘real’ world care: views of young self-harmers’ Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for NISCHR (£160,185), (Principal investigator)

‘Understanding suicide: conversations with the bereaved’ PhD for ESRC (£50k), (Principal investigator)


Education and qualifications

PhD Social Science (Category 1), Cardiff University 2005 – 2008

MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2004 – 2005

BSc Sociology (2:1), Cardiff University, 2000 – 2003

Professional memberships

The British Sociological Association (BSA)

Academic positions

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (2012- 2015)

Research Assistant (ESRC post-doctoral training fellowship in qualitative health research), DECIPHer, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol (2009 -2012)