Dr Nicole Vidal has specialist interest in local understandings of health, illness and disease and how they intersect with multidimensional risk factors associated with adverse health effects.
Nicole was PI on research Funded by the Scottish Institute of Policing Research - Seldom Heard Communities grant, that explored refugee and asylum-seeker experiences, trust and confidence with Police Scotland. She has also previously worked as the lead researcher on the AMIF funded ‘ABM3 New Scots Integration: Pathways to Social and Economic Inclusion – Afghan extension’ on exploring social connections of Afghan nationals in remote local authorities with little previous resettlement experience along with being project manager and research assistant for the project: Impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on isolation in a neglected population group.
Nicole has conducted research for the NIHR-Funded Research Unit for Health in Fragility (RUHF) which involved research coordination and advising for study on the management of non-communicable diseases and comprehensive primary health care in El Salvador.
Other projects she has been involved with include:
- The IMPACT study: Intervening with a Manualised Package to Achieve treatment adherence in people with tuberculosis (TB)
- The ReBUILD Consortium which focused on concerns for improving access to effective and equitable health care for excluded and vulnerable populations in low and middle income countries
- The Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
- The ECDC-funded project on TB treatment adherence among vulnerable populations in Riga, Latvia, and
- The Joint Learning Initiative’s Learning Hub on Ending Violence Against Children.
Migration, Integration, Social Connection (miscintegrationresearch.org)
Active research interests
Qualitative research methods, sexual and reproductive health, health systems research, refugee integration, social-interactional research, identity construction, client/provider interactions, psychosocial experiences of immigration, social development policy, health management and exclusion from health and social care.
Qualitative research, grounded theory, ethnography, participatory methods, health systems research.
Research Grants & Contracts Funding:
- ABM3 New Scots Integration: Pathways to Social and Economic Inclusion’.
- Impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on isolation in a neglected population group funded by Chief Scientist Office (phase 1) and Scottish Funding Council (phase 2).
- ReBUILD Consortium: Research for building pro-poor health systems during the recovery from conflict. ReBUILD is an international partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).
- Interventions to increase TB treatment adherence and improved treatment outcomes among specific hard-to-reach and vulnerable population groups in Riga, Latvia. Funded by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
As a visiting lecturer at IGHD, Nicole has contributed to teaching sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, gender and global health, researching global health and development, qualitative research methods, social development policy and practice and social justice.