Yvonne Birks

Professor Yvonne Birks

Executive Group | academic

Associate Director
NIHR School for Social Care Research
University of York
YO10 5DD
01904 321328

Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

Yvonne is Associate Director for NIHR SSCR.

Yvonne trained as a general and children’s nurse specialising in intensive care, before moving into research. She joined the University of York as a researcher in the Department of Health Sciences in 1999 and moved to the Social Policy Research Unit in 2013 from York Trials Unit where she was deputy director. Over the years she has worked on projects spanning the life course but is particularly interested in issues around professional/ public attitudes and behaviour, particularly in relation to the quality and safety of care. She is a mixed methods researcher with expertise in developing projects that evaluate complex interventions in both health and social care.