Jonathan Hammond

Jonathan Hammond, PhD

Dr, MSc, BMedSci

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I am a health policy and health services researcher specialising in qualitative and observational methods. I have particular interest in the NHS and health care policy history, governance, political economy, institutionalism, and anthropology. I am a member of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HOPE) research group.  



I joined the University of Manchester in 2009, working on the NIHR funded AMP (Improving Access to Mental Health Services in Primary Care) programme.

Between 2011-2015 I undertook an ESRC funded PhD entitled 'Health policy, the politics of governance and change: The introduction of Clinical Commissioning Groups in context' (supervised by Dr Kath Checkland, Dr Anna Coleman, and Prof Steve Harrison). In this study I employed policy document analysis, ethnographic observations, and interviews to explore how a national health policy (the Health and Social Care Act 2012) was enacted at the local organisational level of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). By subjecting the Act to critical analysis (or "problematisation") I built up an understanding of it that I was able to take "into the field" with a case study CCG to see how prominent policy ideas were interpreted and shaped social practices. I then applied the institutional logics framework to the findings and explored its utility as an interpretive aid. 

I am currently Research Fellow on a Department of Health funded study focused on enhancing understanding of the post-Health and Social Care Act (2012) health care commissioning system in England.


BMedSci Health and Human Sciences (The University of Sheffield); MSc Environmental Governance (The University of Manchester); PhD (The University of Manchester)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Health Policy
  • Observation
  • Qualitative Methods
  • National Health Service, NHS
  • JA Political science (General)
  • Governance
  • Institutionalism

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester


  • Health Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods


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