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Michelle Farr

(She/ her)
Research fellow, University of Bristol

I work at the University of Bristol, at the National institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West). I work in applied health research, with a background in sociology and public services management. I have 18 years of qualitative research experience with a wide range of public services including health, local government, and third sector organisations. I have a strong interest in collaborative and participatory research in public services, working with service users and staff to improve services, co-produce research and work toward social justice.


  • –present
    Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol
  • 2011–2015
    Research Associate, University of Bath


  • 2012 
    University of Bath, PhD


  • 2018
    Public Management Review, The social impact of advice during disability welfare reform: from social return on investment to evidencing public value through realism and complexity
  • 2018
    BMJ Open, Implementing online consultations in primary care: A mixed method evaluation
  • 2017
    Critical Social Policy, Power dynamics and collaborative mechanisms in co-production and co-design processes
  • 2017
    Qualitative Health Research , Can staff be supported to deliver compassionate care through implementing Schwartz Rounds in community and mental health services?

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy