Jennie was born in Salford in the North West of England. She spent 5 years teaching in East Africa and studied social sciences in New Zealand before returning to the UK in 1974 to undertake postgraduate work. She began her research career at the Unit for the Study of Health Policy at Guy's Hospital in London and has worked as a sociologist in the public health field ever since. Her research interests include the social determinants of health and health equity; the evaluation of complex public health policies/interventions; community empowerment; and the sociology of knowledge. She has a particular interest in qualitative evidence review and synthesis and established the Qualitative Research Methods Group within the Cochrane Collaboration. With funding from the ESRC she worked with colleagues on the production of guidance on the conduct of Narrative Synthesis - a method used to review and synthesise findings from multiple mixed methods studies. The Narrative Synthesis Guidance is and has been tested by reviewers working on systematic reviews in the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
Her current research includes the Communities in Control Study – an evaluation of a Lottery funded community empowerment initiative (on which she is PI) and leadership of a programme of work developing and evaluating local authority place based community approaches to addressing health inequalities. The latter work has involved the production of an online resource to help researchers to design studies that are more equity sensitive (). She has completed studies of the health equity and social impact of the New Deal for Communities regeneration initiative and an MRC study focusing on methods to assess the impact of public involvement in research, which resulted in an online resource for researchers (). She has undertaken a number of innovative systematic reviews of qualitative research evidence and of findings from studies involving a range of methods. Leading a group of senior academics from City University London and the Universities of York and Glasgow she has developed guidance on the conduct of Narrative Synthesis - a method used to review and synthesise findings from multiple mixed methods studies. This guidance is and it is tested by reviewers working on systematic reviews in the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
The narrative synthesis will be informed by Popay ..
Campbell R, Pound P, Pope C, Britten N, Pill R, Morgan M, Donovan J.
Evaluating meta-ethnography: a synthesis of qualitative research on lay experiences of diabetes and diabetes care.
Soc Sci Med. 2003;56(4):671-84.