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Associate Professor Grace Spencer
Anglia Ruskin University

Grace is an Associate Professor in Young People, Health and Social Equity at the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.  Her research focuses on young people’s health and their health-related practices with reference to concepts of risk, power and empowerment theory.  She has a particular interest in social change, youth transitions, migration, and health and social equity. Grace is globally recognized for her expertise in qualitative research methods and ethics with children and young people and she has published extensively on the ethical aspects of research with young people.  Her current program of research draws on participatory forms of enquiry to explore the health experiences and livelihoods of young migrants in Ghana. See:

Selected Publications:

Spencer, G., Dankyi, E., Kwankye, S. & Thompson, J. (2021). Children and young people who migrate – representing and (re)producing vulnerabilities through research. In G. Spencer (editor). Ethics and Integrity in Research with Children and Young People. Emerald Publishing. pp. 183-198.

Smith, M., Spencer, G., Fouche, C. & Hoare K. (2021). Understanding child and youth migrant wellbeing: Reflections from a systematic literature review in the Western Pacific region. Wellbeing, Space and Society,

Spencer, G., Smith, M., Hoare, K., Fouche, C. & Thompson, J. (2020). Health experiences of child migrants in the Western Pacific. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Curtis, P., Spencer, G., Smith, M., Hoare K., Fouche, C. (2019). Promoting the health of children and young people who migrate: Reflections from four regional reviews. Global Health Promotion.

Spencer, G., Corbin, H. & Miedema, E. (2018). Framing health – opportunities and challenges for health promotion: A critical frame analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals. Health Promotion International,

Spencer, G., Thompson, J., Smith, M., Fairbrother H., Hoare K., Fouche, C. & Curtis P. (2019). Health experiences of children who migrate – Opportunities for health education. Health Education Journal, 78 (1), 96-107.


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