Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli

Research Fellow
PhD
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7803
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 218, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment, Mental Health, Sociological Methodology and Research Methods, Social Theory
Tags: Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)

Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. His research interests lie in the social study of health and illness, with a particular focus on the connections between well-being, poverty and employment transitions, and how social and policy factors affect people’s intra-personal and inter-personal experiences of well-being and their resilience. He undertakes research using a variety of research methods, specialising in mixed methods and qualitative research. Gianfranco is currently working on the qualitative component of the outcome evaluation of Keep Them Safe, the NSW Government's five-year (2009-14) action plan aimed at improving the safety, welfare, and wellbeing of children and young people.

Gianfranco is a board member of Pavilion’s new Journal ‘The Journal of Mental health and Well-being’.

Research

Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli is a Research Associate at the Social Policy Research Centre. His research interests lie in the social study of health and illness, with a particular focus on the connections between well-being, poverty and employment transitions, and how social and policy factors affect people’s intra-personal and inter-personal experiences of well-being and their resilience.

Gianfranco gained his PhD in Psychology from The Australian National University. His thesis consisted of an application of Amartya Sen’s concept of ‘capabilities’ to the study of the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2007, Gianfranco moved to the UK from Australia where he worked firstly at a research consultancy company in Oxford, UK, before taking up a position as Research Officer at the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Metropolitan University. At the Centre for Health Promotion Research he was promoted to Research Fellow in 2009 and worked there until December 2013. During this time, Gianfranco gained experience managing and undertaking both primary research, secondary data analyses, and evaluation studies on patients’ and lay people’s experiences of their own health and specific health promotion interventions.

Recent projects on which Gianfranco has worked include:

‘An evaluation of the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund’, UK (Project Manager)

‘Well-being and poverty: A review of their conceptual and empirical relationships’. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Measuring well-being outcomes in older people receiving help from the AGE UK ‘Together for Health’ initiative: A Social Return on Investment Analysis’. Funded by AGE UK Yorkshire & Humber, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Validation of the ‘LEAF’ (Life Essentials Assessment Framework) questionnaire’. Funded by Age UK Wakefield District, UK (Principal Investigator)

‘Systematic review and content analysis of the literature on the conceptualisation and measurement of positive mental health’ (Review undertaken as part of a ‘Promising Researcher Fellowship’ awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011)

The evaluation of an Asset Mapping and Asset Based Community Development project in Sheffield, UK (Project Manager)

‘Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford’. Primary study funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK (Principal Investigator)

Medical Research Council Lifelong Health and Well-being funded network on the factors that affect mental well-being in later life (Research Fellow)

The experiences and expectations of care and support among older migrants in the UK. Primary study funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Research Officer)

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Giuntoli G, 2014, 'Well-being and poverty', in Joseph Rowntree Foundation (ed.), Reducing poverty in the UK: A collection of evidence reviews, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, pp. 41 - 45, internal-pdf://3856843993/JRF%202014%20Poverty%20reviews.pdf

    Journal articles

    • South J;Giuntoli G;Kinsella K;Carless D;Long J;McKenna J, 2017, 'Walking, connecting and befriending: A qualitative pilot study of participation in a lay-led walking group intervention', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 5, pp. 16 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2016.12.008
    • South J;Giuntoli G;Kinsella K, 2017, 'Getting past the dual logic: findings from a pilot asset mapping exercise in Sheffield, UK', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 25, pp. 105 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12274
    • Giuntoli G;Hughes S;Karban K;South J, 2015, 'Towards a middle-range theory of mental health and well-being effects of employment transitions: Findings from a qualitative study on unemployment during the 2009-2010 economic recession', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, vol. 19, pp. 389 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459314554314
    • Nyqvist F;Forsman AK;Giuntoli G;Cattan M, 2013, 'Social capital as a resource for mental well-being in older people: A systematic review', Aging and Mental Health, vol. 17, pp. 394 - 410, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2012.742490
    • Giuntoli G;Cattan M, 2012, 'The experiences and expectations of care and support among older migrants in the UK', European Journal of Social Work, vol. 15, pp. 131 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2011.562055
    • Giuntoli G, 2012, 'Going for 'the full monty'? Unemployment and mental wellbeing during times of recession.', Mental health today (Brighton, England), pp. 24 - 27

    Reports

    • Jones AR;Katz I;Giuntoli G;Bates S;Johnson K, 2016, Quality of life after retirement from Australian Disability Enterprises, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 17/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Quality_of_life_after_retirement_from_Australian_Disability_Enterprises.pdf
    • Hamilton M;Giuntoli G;Johnson K;Fisher KR, 2016, Transition of respite to consumer directed care: Costs, benefits and impacts, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, internal-pdf://4199897608/Hamilton%20et%20al.%202016%20Transitioning_Australian_Respite.pdf%20internal-pdf://1037332316/Hamilton%20et%20al.%202016_Transitioning_Australian_Respited.docx, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/transition-from-respite-to-consumer-directed-care/
    • Bagnall A;Raine G;Kinsella K;Southby K;Spoor C;South J;Giuntoli G, 2016, Measuring well-being outcomes in older people receiving help from the Age UK ‘Together for Health’ Initiative: A social return on investment analysis - Final Report, The Centre for Health Promotion Research, Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK, http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/2887/
    • Meltzer A;Giuntoli G;Fisher KR, 2015, What do we already know about health services for people with intellectual disability?, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Literature_review_on_models_of_health_service_delivery_Easy_Read_Report.pdf
    • Giuntoli G;Newton B;Fisher KR, 2015, Current Models of Health Service Delivery for People with Intellectual Disability: Literature review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 12/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report_Current_Models_of_Health_Service_Delivery_for_People_with_Intellectual_Disability.pdf
    • Giuntoli G;Fisher KR, 2015, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms: Literature review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 09/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report__Ronald_McDonald_Family_Rooms_Literature_Review.pdf
    • Cassells R;Cortis N;Duncan A;Eastman C;Gao G;Giuntoli G;Katz I;Keegan M;Macvean M;Mavisakalyan A;Shlonsky A;Skattebol J;Smyth C;valentine K, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Final Report, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney
    • Giuntoli G;Skattebol J, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Report on Clients’ Interviews. Final Report, Annex G, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney, http://www.keepthemsafe.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/166288/KTS_Annex_G_Report_on_clients_interviews_Final_Report.pdf
    • Giuntoli G;Fisher KR, 2014, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms: Literature review plan, Social Policy Research Centre UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, 8/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Ronald_McDonald_Family_Rooms_literature_review_2014.pdf
    • South J;Giuntoli G;Cross R;Kinsella K;Warwick-Booth L;Woodall J;White J, 2013, An evaluation of the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
    • Giuntoli G;South J, 2013, Findings from the 'Volunteers' Views Survey'. Evaluation of the Department's of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
    • Giuntoli G;Raine G;Bagnall A- M, 2013, Validation of the 'Life Essentials Assessment Framework' (LEAF) questionnaire. Findings, Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
    • Giuntoli G;Kinsella K;South J, 2012, Evaluation of the Altogether Better Asset Mapping model using Community Health Champions in Sharrow and SOAR, Sheffield, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, internal-pdf://2394146165/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202012%20Asset%20Mapping.pdf
    • South J;Giuntoli G;Kinsella K, 2011, An evaluation of the Walking for Wellness project and the befriender role, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, internal-pdf://3063268756/South%20Giuntoli%202013%20Walking%20Wellness.pdf
    • Giuntoli G;South J;Kinsella K;Karban K, 2011, Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford. JRF Findings, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://0068535747/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202011%20Mental%20health%20and%20recession_Full%20report.pdf, http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/unemployment-mental-health-summary.pdf
    • Giuntoli G;South J;Kinsella K;Karban K, 2011, Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://2772420051/Giuntoli%20et%20al.%202011%20Mental%20health%20and%20recession_Full%20report.pdf
    • Cattan M;Giuntoli G, 2010, The needs of frail older people with sight loss, Thomas Pocklington Trust, London, Research Findings, internal-pdf://3977364962/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Frail%20older%20people.pdf
    • Cattan M;Giuntoli G, 2010, JRF Findings: Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://1110492658/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Bradford-older-people-care-summary.pdf
    • Cattan M;Giuntoli G, 2010, Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, internal-pdf://0920307202/Cattan%20and%20Giuntoli%202010%20Bradford-older-people-care-full.pdf

Teaching

Gianfranco has taught ‘Introduction to Sociology’ and ‘Sociology of Health and Illness’ for undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has supervised Masters students to completion and has been on the supervisory panel of a PhD student.

Honours and prizes

Promising Researcher Fellowship, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2011.

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