Dr Alan Buckingham

Alan Buckingham is an Academic at TEAM University. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Sussex, UK in 2001. He gained a First Class BA in Sociology at the University of Sussex in 1994. He also holds a CELTA certificate in teaching English from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Alan Buckingham has previously held posts as Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Bath, UK and as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex.  He has taught postgraduate and undergraduate students in the UK for over 25 years and has supervised 9 doctoral students to completion.

Alan has received research grants from a number of UK funding bodies including the MRC, ESRC and NIHR for research he has conducted. He has written articles in leading international peer reviewed journals, policy papers for international think-tanks, research reports for UK government bodies and a book on quantitative survey methods.

Alan’s central research interest is in applying sociological understanding to practical and policy related questions in employment, poverty and public health. He also has an interest in research methods including the design and use of large quantitative surveys to help shed empirical light on important sociological and health issues. His employment and unemployment research has sought to examine predictors of long-term unemployment (the topic of his Doctorate), determinants of sickness absence and retirement patterns within the UK NHS. The poverty research focuses on the role charitable provision can play in meeting needs for poor people. Alan’s public policy research examines obesity stigma in exercise and the social power dynamics in physician/patient decision-making in hospital settings.


CELTA certificate, University of Cambridge, UK, 2020, Teaching English

PhD, University of Sussex, UK, 2001, Sociology

BA (First Class), University of Sussex, UK, 1994, Sociology


Awards and Fellowships



2016-2019, Medical Research Council, UK funded research (£1.5m) examining early retirement and exit decisions from NHS employment

2013, Severn Deanery, UK. Statistical analysis of GP recruitment and its relationship with GP specialism training

2012-3, NHS Employers, UK. Examination of early retirement and extending working life within the NHS

2012, Bristol Council. Comparative quantitative analysis of sickness absence rates at the local authority level

2010-2, Department for Work and Pensions, UK, Policies for extending working life

2009-10, Work, Health and Wellbeing of the South West Workforce, (Knowledge Escalator), Regional Development Agency, UK



1995-1999, Economic and Social Research Council PhD Studentship, ESRC, UK

International projects and engagement

2016-20, An examination of the role of physician-patient communication in decision-making about Caesarean sections in eight district hospitals in Bangladesh.  Paper forthcoming.

International doctoral projects supervised

2017-2020, Obiageli Nuala Uraih, Examining the diagnostic quality of seafarers’ TB/HIV data in the maritime industry. A case study of Nigeria.

2013-17, Caron Stralendorf, C. Hope and meaning of life in adolescent cancer patients in Canada – a phenomenological study


2013-7, Patrick Nyahoda, The Political Economy of ill-health: The case of informal payments by people in particular circumstances in Harare metropolital province, Zimbabwe.


2012-16, Tracy McClean, An exploration into the professional and personal challenges facing migrant and overseas generalist Registered Nurses working and living in two small island communities


2012-16, Pat Fricassi, Beyond the conceptual framework: Developing a method to assess the impact of multi-sectoral approaches on child stunting reduction in less developed countries


2010-14, Denise Proudfoot, D. A Narrative Exploration into the Experiences of Mothers Living with HIV in Dublin, Ireland.

Research output



Buckingham, A. and Saunders, P. 2004. The Survey Methods Workbook. Cambridge: Polity.


Book chapters


Weyman, A., Wainwright, D., O’Hara, R., Jones, P. and Buckingham, A., 2012. Improving communications about extending working life amongst individuals: learning from models of behavioural and attitudinal change. Appendix B: Review of evidence related to key policy issues. In: Weyman, A., Wainwright, D., O’Hara, R., Jones, P. and Buckingham, A., eds. Extending working life: behaviour change interventions. Research Report No 809. Department of Work and Pensions, pp. 59-165.


Buckingham, A. and Saunders, P., 2010. What is a Social Survey? in: Giddens. A and Sutton, P., eds. Sociology: introductory readings. Cambridge: Polity.


Buckingham, A., 2008. Doing better, feeling scared: statistics and the culture of fear. In: Wainwright, D. A Sociology of Health. London: Sage.



Refereed articles


Doraiswamy, S., Billah, M., Karim, F., Siraj, S., Buckingham, A., Kingdon, C. (2020 forthcoming) Physician-patient communication in decision-making about Caesarean sections in eight district hospitals in Bangladesh: A mixed-method study, BMC Reproductive Health.


Gimlin, D., Buckingham, A. 2019. Military-style Fitness Boot Camps: Contested resources in accounting for fatness, Sociology of Health and Illness.


Wainwright, D., Buckingham, A. and Wainwright, E. 2018, Why do people use food banks? A qualitative study of food bank users in Bristol, Voluntary Sector Review, 9, (3).


Weyman, A., Wainwright, D., O’Hara, R., Jones, P. and Buckingham, A., 2013. Working overtime: the key role of choice architecture in motivating extended working life. Public Service Review: Europe, 25, pp. 110-111.


Buckingham, A. 2003. Speed Traps: saving lives or raising revenue? Policy, Sept. Sydney: Centre for Independent Studies.


Buckingham, A. 2003. Speed Off.  Policy.  Dec. Sydney. Centre for Independent Studies.


Buckingham, A. 1999b. Families, welfare and social policy, Family Matters, No.54, Melbourne: Institute for Family Studies


Buckingham, A. 1999a. Is there an underclass in Britain? British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 50, No.1.


Reports and papers


Buckingham, A. 2018, Exit decisions of older NHS Employees using the Labour Force Survey.  Report prepared for the MRC.


Roy, D., Weyman, A. and Buckingham, A. 2016 Older Physiotherapists and Uncertain Futures. European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference – London, UK


Weyman, A, Buckingham, A. and Roy, D. 2016. Extending Working Life – Health Professionals Late Career Transitions, a Demographic Time Bomb for the NHS. European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference 2016


Buckingham, A and Wainwright, D. 2013. Do foundation placements in general practice result in increased recruitment to Specialist GP Training? Report prepared for Severn Deanery


Weyman, A., Meadows, P. and Buckingham, A. 2013. Extending Working Life: Audit of research relating to impacts on NHS Employees. NHS Employers.


Weyman, A. and Buckingham, A. 2013. Profiling Sickness Absence Within the City of Bristol. Bristol Council.


Weyman, A., Wainwright, D., O’Hara, R., Jones, P. and Buckingham, A., 2012. Extending Working Life: Behaviour Change Interventions: Summary report. Department for Work and Pensions Research Reports


Weyman, A., Wainwright, D., O’Hara, R., Jones, P. and Buckingham, A., 2012. Extending working life: behaviour change interventions. Department for Work and Pensions Research Reports; RR 809