Elizabeth West

Professor Elizabeth West is a Professor of Applied Social Research in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

Her clinical experience was gained as a ward sister in an acute psychiatric unit in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and she was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, studying an integrated degree in Nursing and Social Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She qualified as a registered nurse and district nurse after experience in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

A Fulbright scholarship enabled her to study for an MSc in Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of California, San Francisco, then a PhD in Sociology at Cornell University.

Returning to the UK she worked in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, the RCN Research Institute and then the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before taking up her current role in 2007 at the University of Greenwich.

Posts held previously:

  • 2003-06, Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow, LSHTM
  • 1998-2003, Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Nursing
  • 1994-98, Senior Research Officer, Department Public Health, Oxford University
  • 1992-94, Faculty Lecturer, McGill University
  • 1978-85, Charge Nurse, Royal Edinburgh Hospital