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Prof Anne MacFarlane

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Anne is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, Graduate Entry Medical School, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. She has specialist expertise in participatory health research, implementation science and migrant health.

Anne is founder and overall academic lead for the PPI Research Unit in the Graduate Entry Medical School and is Head of World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Migrant’s Involvement in Health Research, which is hosted in the Unit. She established and was theme lead for Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in the HRI from 2016-2019.

Anne is a social scientist with more than 25 years’ experience using qualitative research methods in health services research. Anne has research income of approximately 11 million euro and has extensive experience of postgraduate research supervision and mentoring.

She is currently leading HRB-funded PPI IGNITE (2018-2020). In recent years, she has successfully co-ordinated the EU-funded RESTORE (2011-2015) REsearch into implementation STtrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings and the HRB-funded EMH-IC (2016-2019) Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland - building the evidence base to address health inequities.


Villarroel, N., Hannigan, A., Severoni, S., Puthoopparambil, S. and MacFarlane, A. (2019) ‘Migrant health research in the Republic of Ireland: a scoping review’, BMC Public Health, 19, 324, available:

MacFarlane, A. (2019) ‘The Helen Lester Memorial Lecture 2018:  The leper squint:  spaces for participation in primary health care’, British Journal of General Practice, 9; 69 (682): 255-256, available

Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., Hannigan, A. and  MacFarlane, A. (2018) ‘Implementing community participation via interdisciplinary teams in primary care: an Irish case study in practice’, Health Expectations, available:

O'Reilly-De Brún, M., De Brún, T., O'Donnell, C. A., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Lionis, C., Burns, N., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van Den Muijsenbergh, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2018) ‘Material practices for meaningful engagement: An analysis of participatory learning and action research techniques for data generation and analysis in a health research partnership’, Health Expectations, 21, 159-170. doi: 10.1123/pes.2015-0081

O'Donnell, C.A., Mair, F.S., Dowrick, C., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Burns, N., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Papadakaki, M., van den Muijsenbergh, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Gravenhorst, K., Cooper, L., Princz, C., Teunissen, E., van den Driessen Mareeuw, F., Vlahadi, M., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Supporting the use of theory in cross-country health services research: a participatory qualitative approach using Normalisation Process Theory as an example', BMJ Open, 7(8), available: