Dr Vincent La Placa

Dr Vincent La Placa BA, MA, SFHEA, PhD

Associate Professor, Public Health and Policy

Key details

Dr Vincent La Placa

Associate Professor, Public Health and Policy


Vincent joined the university in 2010; his courses include “Introduction to Concepts and Theories of Health”; Theory and Policy in Public Health” and “Theory, Evidence and Practice in Public Health and Wellbeing Dissertation”. He previously worked as a Research Consultant for the Department of Health (DH), where he managed the qualitative strand of the "Healthy Foundations (HF) Life-stage Segmentation Model": one of the largest pieces of qualitative research funded by DH. He also played a key role in assisting the HF team to provide training to healthcare professionals and planners in using the tools developed from the model and in developing health interventions. He has also worked as a consultant at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on a systematic review of methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

His main areas of interest is in the impact of globalization on health and wellbeing, welfare states and public policy; social theories and epistemologies, (particularly late modernity and capitalism, risk, and critical public health; research methods (quantitative and qualitative); and health-related behaviour change. Vincent is currently Programme Leader for the BSc Public Health and BSc Public Health (Extended) programmes and welcomes discussions from students and potential applicants alike about the rich variety of public health roles and jobs which graduates can obtain as well as the potential employment benefits of specialising in research methods and systematic metanarratives.

Posts held previously:

  • 2009-10, Research Consultant, Methodology and Policy, DH Social Marketing and Health-Related Behaviour Change and a Sessional Lecturer in Social Science Research Methodology, Birkbeck College, University of London.
    Consultancy and management of the ‘Healthy Foundations (HF) Life-Stage Segmentation Model’ Qualitative Phase (immersion interviews and focus groups, preparing and writing policy interventions chapter of the qualitative report); management and development of the HF Synthetic Estimates Model (quantitative); management and development of HF Online Reporting Tool (data and methods); development of training toolkit for use in workshops to train healthcare professionals to use HF research and tools; facilitation of training/teaching workshops.
  • 2008-10, Senior Research and Communications Manager
    Independent Research Consultant providing strategic development, communication, and research across Government Departments, including
    HM Revenues and Customs and Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Responsibilities within the university

Programme Leader for BSc Public Health and BSc Public Health (Extended)

Recognition

  • Honorary Fellow of the Eurasia Research Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA), August, 2021
  • Expert Reviewer for ESRC funded T-AP Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World (RRR), August, 2021
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), April, 2021

Research / Scholarly interests

Impact of globalization on health and wellbeing, welfare states and public policy; social theories and epistemologies, (particularly late modernity and capitalism, risk, and critical public health; research methods (quantitative and qualitative); and health-related behaviour change.

Recent publications

Article

La Placa, Vincent and , Knight, Anneyce (2017), The emergence of wellbeing in late modern capitalism: Theory, research and policy responses. Redfame Publishing. In: , , , . Redfame Publishing, International Journal of Social Science Studies, 5 (3) ISSN: 2324-8033 (Print), 2324-8041 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v5i3.2207).

La Placa, Vincent and , Smith, David (2016), The health and wellbeing of gypsies and travellers in settled housing: A narrative review of the evidence and policy. Redfame Publishing. In: , , , . Redfame Publishing, International Journal of Social Science Studies, 4 (9) . pp. 87-96 ISSN: 2324-8033 (Print), 2324-8041 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v4i9.1812).

Gritton, Jim , Stewart, Jill, Jeavons, Charlotte, Mehmet, Nevin , La Placa, Vincent (2016), Movies in the classroom: Lessons for curriculum design. Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 8 (12) ISSN: 2044-0073 (Print), 2044-0081 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v8i12.272).

La Placa, Vincent and , Corlyon, Judy (2015), Unpacking the relationship between parenting and poverty: Theory, evidence and policy. Cambridge University Press. In: , , , . Cambridge University Press, Social Policy and Society, 15 (1) . pp. 11-28 ISSN: 1474-7464 (Print), 1475-3073 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746415000111) NB Item availability restricted.

La Placa, V. and , Knight, A. (2014), Response to Dr Alain Braillon. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Public Health, 128 (7) . pp. 679 ISSN: 0033-3506 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2014.04.008).

La Placa, V. and , Knight, A. (2014), Well-being: its influence and local impact on public health. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Public Health, 128 (1) . pp. 38-42 ISSN: 0033-3506 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2013.09.017).

La Placa, Vincent and , Corlyon, Judy (2014), Barriers to inclusion and successful engagement of parents in mainstream services: evidence and research. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. In: , , , . Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Journal of Children's Services, 9 (3) . pp. 220-234 ISSN: 1746-6660 (Print), 2042-8677 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org//10.1108/JCS-05-2014-0027) NB Item availability restricted.

La Placa, Vincent and , Corlyon, Judy (2013), Social tourism and organised capitalism: research, policy and practice. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 6 (1) . pp. 66-79 ISSN: 1940-7963 (Print), 1940-7971 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19407963.2013.833934).

La Placa, Vincent , McVey, Dominic, MacGregor, Ewen, Smith, Amy , Scott, Malcolm (2013), The contribution of qualitative research to the Healthy Foundations life-stage segmentation. Taylor & Francis Group. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis Group, Critical Public Health, 24 (3) . pp. 266-282 ISSN: 0958-1596 (Print), 1469-3682 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2013.797068).

Knight, Anneyce and , La Placa, Vincent (2013), Healthy Universities: taking the University of Greenwich Healthy Universities Initiative forward. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 51 (1) . pp. 41-49 ISSN: 1463-5240 (Print), 2164-9545 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14635240.2012.738877) NB Item availability restricted.

La Placa, Vincent , McNaught, Allan, Knight, Anneyce (2013), Discourse on wellbeing in research and practice. In: , , , . , International Journal of Wellbeing, 3 (1) . pp. 116-125 ISSN: 1179-8602 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5502/ijw.v3i1.7).

Conference item

Gritton, James , Jeavons, C., Mehmet, Nevin, La Placa, Vincent , Stewart, Jill (2015), Movies in the classroom: lessons for curriculum design. In: SHIFT 2015: Sparking Ideas: Sharing Educational Innovation, 9 January 2015, Greenwich , . , (doi: ).

Edited book

Knight, Anneyce , La Placa, Vincent, McNaught, Allan (2014), Wellbeing: Policy and practice. Lantern Publishing Ltd.. In: , , , . Lantern Publishing Ltd., Banbury, UK . ISBN: 9781908625229 (doi: ).