Dr Grace Spencer

BSc (Hons), MPH, MRes, PhD, PGCHE
Senior Lecturer

C43M - M Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 935 19383

Biographical details

Biography: Grace Spencer is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Grace has a background in nursing and public health and has worked in a number of country contexts including Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, Canada, UK and Australia. Her research focuses on young people's health and their health-related practices with reference to concepts of risk and empowerment theory in health promotion. She has particular expertise in qualitative research methods and research ethics. Grace has been a member of University Research Ethics Committee for 10 years and is a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam and Univeristy of British Columbia, Canada.

Research interests

Grace's research interests focus on young people's health, health practices, sexual health and empowerment theory. Her research also focuses on developing methods for more effectively and sensitively ascertaining children and young people's perspectives, including the development research ethics guidelines/processes.

Teaching and supervision

Grace is the Unit Coordinator for the Research Methods in Health course as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences programme. She supervises research students in the following areas: *young people's health practices *empowerment in health promotion *gender and health *qualitative methodologies.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The use of progressive resistance exercise, functional training and electromyographic biofeedback to increase motor function in adults with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial Ben ARMSTRONG

Awards and honours

  • Edwina Mountbatten Travel Fellowship, University of Edinburgh (1998).
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship Award for PhD study (2007-2011).
  • Edith Winifred Hall Scholarship (2007-2010).
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Travel scholarship (Institutional visit to the School of Population and Public Health [SPPH], University of British Columbia [UBC], Vancouver, Canada, 2010).

Themes

Physical Activity, Lifestyle, Ageing and Wellbeing

Selected grants

2017

  • Identifying and developing impact in the field of sociology; Spencer G; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2013

  • Young People’s Perspectives on Ethics Review of Clinical Research with Children; Rees R, Spencer G, Farsides B, Joynson C, Boddy J; Nuffield Council on Bioethics/Research Grant.

2012

  • Health-related needs of Family Intervention Projects; Spencer G, Boddy J, Hollingworth K, Statham J, Warwick I; Department of Health (UK)/Research Grant.

2011

  • Empowerment, gender and young people’s sexual health: Establishing an intervention research agenda; Doull M, Spencer G, Shoveller J; Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Meetings, Planning & Dissemination grant.
  • Empowerment, young people and health; Spencer G; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK/Research Grant.

2009

  • Young people and alcohol: meanings, practices and contexts; Warwick I, Chase E, Spencer G, Ingold A, Aggleton P; Department for Children, Schools and Families/Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Spencer, G. (2014). Empowerment, Health Promotion and Young People: A Critical Apporach. Abingdon: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Spencer, G. (2016). Schoolyard Ethics: Getting Close, Blending in, Keeping Distance. In Martin Tolich (Eds.), Qualitative Ethics in Practice, (pp. 121-131). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. [More Information]
  • Morrow, V., Knowles, C., Boyden, J., Spencer, G. (2012). Young Lives. In Heather Montgomery (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies: Childhood Studies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Spencer, G. (2011). Planning interventions: meeting the needs of individuals and communities. In Paul Linsley, Roslyn Kane, Sara Owen (Eds.), Nursing for Public Health: Promotion, principles and practices, (pp. 122-133). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Spencer, G., Bundy, A., Wyver, S., Villeneuve, M., Tranter, P., Beetham, K., Ragen, J., Naughton, G. (2016). Uncertainty in the school playground: shifting rationalities and teachers' sense-making in the management of risks for children with disabilities. Health, Risk and Society, 18(5-6), 301-317. [More Information]
  • Boddy, J., Statham, J., Warwick, I., Hollingworth, K., Spencer, G. (2016). What Kind of Trouble? Meeting the Health Needs of 'Troubled Families' through Intensive Family Support. Social Policy and Society, 15(2), 275-288. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G., Doull, M. (2015). Examining concepts of power and agency in research with young people. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(7), 900-913. [More Information]
  • Bundy, A., Wyver, S., Beetham, K., Ragen, J., Naughton, G., Tranter, P., Norman, R., Villeneuve, M., Spencer, G., Honey, A., Simpson, J., Baur, L., Sterman, J. (2015). The Sydney playground project- levelling the playing field: a cluster trial of a primary school-based intervention aiming to promote manageable risk-taking in children with disability. BMC Public Health, 15, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2015). Troubling moments in health promotion: Unpacking the ethics of empowerment. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 205-209. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G., Doull, M., Shoveller, J. (2014). Examining the Concept of Choice in Sexual Health Interventions for Young People. Youth and Society, 46(6), 576-778. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2014). Young people and health: Towards a new conceptual framework for understanding empowerment. Health, 18(1), 3-22. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2013). The 'healthy self' and 'risky' young Other: young people's interpretations of health and health-related risks. Health, Risk and Society, 15(5), 449-462. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2013). Young people's perspectives on health: empowerment, or risk? Health Education, 113(2), 115-131. [More Information]
  • Chabot, C., Shoveller, J., Spencer, G., Johnson, J. (2012). Ethical and Epistemological Insights: A Case Study of Participatory Action Research with Young People. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 7(2), 20-33. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G., Maxwell, C., Aggleton, P. (2008). What does ‘empowerment’ mean in school-based sex and relationships education? Sex Education, 8(3), 345-356. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Spencer, G., Ragen, J., Beetham, K., Bundy, A., Villeneuve, M. (2015). The influence of the social environment on children’s play at school. 6th Asia Pacific Occupation Therapy Congress.
  • Spencer, G. (2014). Exploring the ‘everyday’: Situated ethics and ethnography in health research with young people. CSCY 5th International Conference: Researching Children’s Everyday Lives: Socio-Cultural Contexts, UK: University of Sheffield.
  • Spencer, G. (2013). Adults are so hypocritical: Authenticity and respect in health promotion with young people. 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion: Best Investments for Health, Thailand: IUHPE.

2016

  • Spencer, G. (2016). Schoolyard Ethics: Getting Close, Blending in, Keeping Distance. In Martin Tolich (Eds.), Qualitative Ethics in Practice, (pp. 121-131). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G., Bundy, A., Wyver, S., Villeneuve, M., Tranter, P., Beetham, K., Ragen, J., Naughton, G. (2016). Uncertainty in the school playground: shifting rationalities and teachers' sense-making in the management of risks for children with disabilities. Health, Risk and Society, 18(5-6), 301-317. [More Information]
  • Boddy, J., Statham, J., Warwick, I., Hollingworth, K., Spencer, G. (2016). What Kind of Trouble? Meeting the Health Needs of 'Troubled Families' through Intensive Family Support. Social Policy and Society, 15(2), 275-288. [More Information]

2015

  • Spencer, G., Doull, M. (2015). Examining concepts of power and agency in research with young people. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(7), 900-913. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G., Ragen, J., Beetham, K., Bundy, A., Villeneuve, M. (2015). The influence of the social environment on children’s play at school. 6th Asia Pacific Occupation Therapy Congress.
  • Bundy, A., Wyver, S., Beetham, K., Ragen, J., Naughton, G., Tranter, P., Norman, R., Villeneuve, M., Spencer, G., Honey, A., Simpson, J., Baur, L., Sterman, J. (2015). The Sydney playground project- levelling the playing field: a cluster trial of a primary school-based intervention aiming to promote manageable risk-taking in children with disability. BMC Public Health, 15, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2015). Troubling moments in health promotion: Unpacking the ethics of empowerment. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 205-209. [More Information]

2014

  • Spencer, G. (2014). Empowerment, Health Promotion and Young People: A Critical Apporach. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Spencer, G., Doull, M., Shoveller, J. (2014). Examining the Concept of Choice in Sexual Health Interventions for Young People. Youth and Society, 46(6), 576-778. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2014). Exploring the ‘everyday’: Situated ethics and ethnography in health research with young people. CSCY 5th International Conference: Researching Children’s Everyday Lives: Socio-Cultural Contexts, UK: University of Sheffield.
  • Spencer, G. (2014). Young people and health: Towards a new conceptual framework for understanding empowerment. Health, 18(1), 3-22. [More Information]

2013

  • Spencer, G. (2013). Adults are so hypocritical: Authenticity and respect in health promotion with young people. 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion: Best Investments for Health, Thailand: IUHPE.
  • Spencer, G. (2013). The 'healthy self' and 'risky' young Other: young people's interpretations of health and health-related risks. Health, Risk and Society, 15(5), 449-462. [More Information]
  • Spencer, G. (2013). Young people's perspectives on health: empowerment, or risk? Health Education, 113(2), 115-131. [More Information]

2012

  • Chabot, C., Shoveller, J., Spencer, G., Johnson, J. (2012). Ethical and Epistemological Insights: A Case Study of Participatory Action Research with Young People. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 7(2), 20-33. [More Information]
  • Morrow, V., Knowles, C., Boyden, J., Spencer, G. (2012). Young Lives. In Heather Montgomery (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies: Childhood Studies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Spencer, G. (2011). Planning interventions: meeting the needs of individuals and communities. In Paul Linsley, Roslyn Kane, Sara Owen (Eds.), Nursing for Public Health: Promotion, principles and practices, (pp. 122-133). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008

  • Spencer, G., Maxwell, C., Aggleton, P. (2008). What does ‘empowerment’ mean in school-based sex and relationships education? Sex Education, 8(3), 345-356. [More Information]

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