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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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Grace is a Lecturer in the Division of Nursing and is attached to both the Centre for Mental Health Research and the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research. She joined City University in Autumn 2017.

Grace completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Cambridge and after a short career in marketing, published her first book A Shape of My Own (Viking, 2006) / Thin (Penguin, 2007). Subsequently, she wrote and published a number of articles on mental health in the national press.

In 2011, Grace completed an MSc Medical Humanities at King’s College London and, in 2012, was awarded a School of Arts Doctoral Studentship at Birkbeck, University of London. Grace’s critical medical humanities thesis aimed to reinsert bodily and embodied experience into understandings of mental health. Throughout her studies, Grace worked as a qualitative researcher in health sciences and trained and worked as a yoga teacher. Unsurprisingly, Grace’s research interests are interdisciplinary with a particular focus on embodied methodologies and bodywork practices for the communication and representation of distress.

Grace has particular research expertise in qualitative methods and qualitative systematic reviews.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Module Lead for the Undergraduate Nursing Module 'Biopsychosocial Development Across the Lifecourse'.


  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice with Distinction, City, University of London, Oct 2020
  2. PhD English/Humanities (Medical Humanities), Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Oct 2017
  3. MSc Medical Humanities, King's College London, UK, Sep 2010 – Sep 2011
  4. MA English (Cantab), University of Cambridge, UK, Oct 1997 – Oct 2000


  1. Lecturer, City, University of London, Jul 2019 – present
  2. Research Fellow, City, University London, Oct 2017 – Jul 2019


Title of thesis: What difference does co-designing and co-creating actions with young people make to the development and delivery of policy and actions to create an urban environment that enables healthier food choices?

Oct 2019

Summary of research

Overweight and obesity has serious consequences for children’s short-term and long-term physical and mental health. Being overweight or obese as a child increases the risk of lifelong health problems, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, specific types of cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and depressive symptoms.

Policies designed to promote the health of children and young people rarely utilise a child-centred approach that puts those with the lived experience at the forefront. As such, there is often a disconnect between what policies suggest is good for the health of young people, and what young people suggest they require for good health.

One proposed approach to improving the relevance of policies or actions is to co-create or co-design these policies or actions with young people. However, the co-creation of public health policy has not been well studied or described in the literature, particularly in regard to the co-creation of policies or actions with young people to enable healthier food choices.
The PhD will therefore aim to answer the question: “What difference does co-designing and co-creating actions with young people make to the development and delivery of policy and actions to create an urban environment that enables healthier food choices?”



  1. Bowman, G. (2007). Thin. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-0-14-102284-0.

Internet publication

  1. Grace, (2017). Body Matters. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities.

Journal articles (16)

  1. Lucas, G., Olander, E.K., Ayers, S. and Salmon, D. (2019). No straight lines - Young women's perceptions of their mental health and wellbeing during and after pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. BMC Women's Health, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12905-019-0848-5.
  2. Lucas, G., Olander, E.K. and Salmon, D. (2019). Healthcare professionals’ views on supporting young mothers with eating and moving during and after pregnancy: An interview study using the COM-B framework. Health and Social Care in the Community. doi:10.1111/hsc.12841.
  3. Lucas, G., Gallagher, A., Zasada, M., Austin, Z., Jago, R., Banks, S. … van der Gaag, A. (2019). Understanding complaints about paramedics: A qualitative exploration in a UK context. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 16. doi:10.33151/ajp.16.616.
  4. Olander, E., Lucas, G. and Salmon, D. (2018). Weight management during teenage pregnancy: Issues to consider when developing appropriate support. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(12), pp. 770–774. doi:10.12968/bjom.2018.26.12.770.
  5. Lucas, G. (2018). Gut thinking: the gut microbiome and mental health beyond the head. Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, 29(2), pp. 1548250–1548250. doi:10.1080/16512235.2018.1548250.
  6. Austin, Z., van der Gaag, A., Gallagher, A., Jago, R., Banks, S., Lucas, G. … Zasada, M. (2018). Understanding Complaints to Regulators About Paramedics in the UK and Social Workers in England: Findings from a Multi-Method Study. Journal of Medical Regulation, 104(3), pp. 19–28. doi:10.30770/2572-1852-104.3.19.
  7. van der Gaag, A., Jago, R., Austin, Z., Zasada, M., Banks, S., Gallagher, A. … Lucas, G. (2018). Why do paramedics have a high rate of self-referral? Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10(5), pp. 205–210. doi:10.12968/jpar.2018.10.5.205.
  8. Gallagher, A., Zasada, M., Jago, R., Austin, Z., Banks, S., Lucas, G. … Gaag, A.V.D. (2018). Fitness-to-practise concerns and preventative strategies. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10(4), pp. 163–169. doi:10.12968/jpar.2018.10.4.163.
  9. Bridges, J., Lucas, G., Wiseman, T. and Griffiths, P. (2017). Workforce characteristics and interventions associated with high-quality care and support to older people with cancer: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 7(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016127.
  10. Cox, A., Lucas, G., Marcu, A., Piano, M., Grosvenor, W., Mold, F. … Ream, E. (2017). Cancer survivors' experience with telehealth: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(1). doi:10.2196/jmir.6575.
  11. Coombes, L.H., Wiseman, T., Lucas, G., Sangha, A. and Murtagh, F.E.M. (2016). Health-related quality-of-life outcome measures in paediatric palliative care: A systematic review of psychometric properties and feasibility of use. Palliative Medicine, 30(10), pp. 935–949. doi:10.1177/0269216316649155.
  12. Crisford, M., Lucas, G. and Wiseman, T. (2016). Nurse-led telephone triage for people with suspected colorectal cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice, 15(1), pp. 18–25. doi:10.7748/cnp.15.1.18.s20.
  13. White, I.D., Sangha, A., Lucas, G. and Wiseman, T. (2016). Assessment of sexual difficulties associated with multi-modal treatment for cervical or endometrial cancer: A systematic review of measurement instruments. Gynecologic Oncology, 143(3), pp. 664–673. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.08.332.
  14. Wiseman, T., Lucas, G., Sangha, A., Randolph, A., Stapleton, S., Pattison, N. … Dolan, S. (2015). Insights into the experiences of patients with cancer in London: Framework analysis of free-text data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2012/2013 from the two London Integrated Cancer Systems. BMJ Open, 5(10). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007792.
  15. Jones, C.E.L., Maben, J., Lucas, G., Davies, E.A., Jack, R.H. and Ream, E. (2015). Barriers to early diagnosis of symptomatic breast cancer: A qualitative study of Black African, Black Caribbean and White British women living in the UK. BMJ Open, 5(3). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006944.
  16. Jones, C.E.L., Maben, J., Jack, R.H., Davies, E.A., Forbes, L.J.L., Lucas, G. … Ream, E. (2014). A systematic review of barriers to early presentation and diagnosis with breast cancer among black women. BMJ Open, 4(2). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004076.