Dr Vincent La Placa

Dr Vincent La Placa BA Hons, MA, PGCert, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Public Health and Policy

Key details

Dr Vincent La Placa

Senior Lecturer, Public Health and Policy


Dr Vincent La Placa is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Public Health and Policy in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Vincent joined the university in 2010; his courses include Concepts and Theories of Health; Health Economics and Policy; and Theories, Research and Evidence. 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 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); the psychology and sociology of gender and sexuality; and health education/promotion and behaviour change. Vincent is currently Programme Leader for the BSc Public Health (Extended) 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; policy analyses and systematic literature reviews and 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;
    2008-09, Senior Research and Communications Manager, HM Revenues and Customs;
    2008, Senior Social Researcher, Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Responsibilities within the university

Programme Leader, BSc Public Health (Extended)

Recognition

  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), September 2017
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), September 2012

Research / Scholarly interests

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); the psychology and sociology of gender and sexuality; and health education/promotion and 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: ).