PhD Student Profile


Adele Phillips

PhD Student

School: Creative Arts and Industries

Campus: Canterbury

Biographical note

Adele graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc (Hons) Psychology in 2004 and subsequently worked as a Harm Reduction Practitioner for substance misuse services. She completed an MSc Health Promotion and Public Health in 2014 and has been a Senior Lecturer for the Public Health team at CCCU since this time. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

PhD Research Topic

Sites of resistance: An ethnographic study of Needle and Syringe Programmes (NSPs) in the context of abstinence-based recovery.

Research outline

Adele’s research is a qualitative, interdisciplinary study that draws on the fields of sociology, public health, and drug and alcohol studies. It explores how ideological tensions within the paradoxical spaces of NSPs that both sanction and censure injecting drug use, impact the lived experiences within them. The research focuses on examining how power relationships and conflicting priorities are negotiated and managed to shape recovery goals, reinforce social roles and influence health. Data informing the study derives from ethnographic field research methods and conversational interviews with service users and recovery workers, as well as accounting for autoethnographic perspectives that consider researcher positionality. The research seeks to contextualise and challenge historical debates that situate harm reduction approaches in conflict with abstinence-based recovery ideology that dominates UK drug policy discourse.

Supervisory Team

  • Professor Shane Blackman (first supervisor)
  • Dr Ian March (chair)

Research Outputs

  • Phillips, A. (2019) ‘Effective approaches to health promotion in nursing practice’, Nursing Standard, doi: 10.7748/ ns.2019.e11312.

  • Blackman, S., Phillips, A. and Sah, R. (2019) ‘Ethnography and emotions: new directions for critical reflexivity within contemporary qualitative health care research’, In (ed.) Enhancing healthcare and rehabilitation: The impact of qualitative research. Abingdon: CRC Press: Taylor and Francis.

  • Phillips, A. (2016) ‘Supporting smoking cessation in older patients: a continuing challenge for community nurses’, British Journal of Community Nursing, 21 (9), pp. 457-461.

  • Phillips, A. (2015) ‘Smoking cessation aids and the primary care nurse’, Nursing in Practice, 86, pp. 37-41.

  • Phillips, A. (2014) ‘One too many: alcohol consumption and the health risks’, Nursing and Residential Care, 16 (4), pp. 206-209.

  • Phillips, A. (2012) ‘Promoting the health of older people who smoke’ British Journal of Community Nursing, 17 (12), pp. 606-611.

  • Guinote, A. and Phillips, A. (2010) ‘Power can increase stereotyping’, Social Psychology, 41 (1), pp. 3-9.

Conference Papers

  • Phillips, A. J. “Recovery in a zombie apocalypse” Narrative Perspectives on Living, Working and Researching in a Troubled World Annual Conference. Canterbury Christ Church University, December 2019.

  • Phillips, A. J., Brownett, T. and Lane-Martin, A. “Educating Public Health Champions” NET2018, University of Cambridge. September 2018.


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