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Dr Helen Lomax

Dr Helen Lomax

Senior Lecturer

The Open University Faculty of Health & Social Care Health & Social Care Programme

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I joined the Open University in 2010 and was previously Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the University of Hertfordshire and Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University.


BSc Psychology, Middlesex University
PhD Sociology, University of Sheffield

Teaching Interests

  • K313 Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • K303 Managing Care.
  • Previously taught sociology and qualitative research methods as part of the Doctoral programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

Research Interests

I have a longstanding interest in wellbeing and in critical visual and discursive methods. My research interests include working participatively with young people, families and communities to explore wellbeing and its connections to place. Recent grants include an ESRC Seminar Series: Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research and an AHRC Research Development grant to explore the meaning and value of community.


Current Research Projects

 Lomax, H.; Fink, J; Rose, G.; Whiting, L.Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research, ESRC, RES-451-26-0722-A, 2009-2011

This recently competed seminar series brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers from across the arts and social and health sciences in order to explore the potential of the visual for understanding the forms and experiences of inequality that shape societies,  communities and individual lives. Organised around the themes of photography; film and video; art; design and new visual technologies, the series aimed to generate an intellectually rigorous, policy focused visual research agenda while also stimulating wider public conversations about inequalities and the role of the visual in sustaining and/or ameliorating these. A combination of academic seminars supported by a programme of public events enabled the series to explore the possibilities and challenges of the visual and its potential for dialogue with policy and practice. 

Williams, G. Elliot, E.; Lomax, H.; Seaman, P.; Barker, C.; Murray, M.;  Saltus, R. (2012) ‘Communities in history: representing and building the creative power of people to improve health and well-being, Development Grant, Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities Research Programme.   14th February – 13th June. 



Book Chapter
Lomax, Helen (2013). Troubled talk and talk about troubles: moral cultures of infant feeding in professional, policy and parenting discourses. In: Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Hooper, Carol-Ann and Gillies, Val eds. Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 97–106.
Lomax, Helen (2011). Visual identities: choreographies of gaze, body movement and speech in mother-midwife interaction. In: Reavey, Paula ed. Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research. Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.
Lomax, Helen ; Brooks, F. and Mitchell, M. (2001). User health care strategies: experiences of asthma therapy among South Asian and White cultural groups. In: Brooks, Fiona ed. New beginnings: towards patient and public involvement in Primary Health Care. London: King's Fund.
Brooks, Fiona and Lomax, Helen (1999). Labouring bodies: mothers and maternity policy. In: Ellis, Kathryn and Dean, Hartley eds. Social Policy and the Body: Transitions in Corporeal Discourse. Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan, pp. 122–123.
Journal Article
Lomax, Helen Jayne (2012). Shifting the focus: children’s image-making practices and their implications for analysis. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 35(3), pp. 227–234.
Fink, Janet and Lomax, Helen (2012). Inequalities and images: insights for policy and practice. Critical Social Policy, 32(1), pp. 3–10.
Lomax, Helen (2012). Contested voices? Methodological tensions in creative visual research with children. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15(2), pp. 105–117.
Lomax, Helen ; Fink, Janet ; Singh, Namita and High, Chris (2011). The politics of performance: Methodological challenges of researching children’s experiences of childhood through the lens of participatory video. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14(3), pp. 231–243.
Lomax, Helen and Fink, Janet (2010). Interpreting images of motherhood: the contexts and dynamics of collective viewing. Sociological Research Online, 15(3),
Lomax, H. and Casey, N. (1998). Recording social life: reflexivity and video methodology. Sociological Research Online, 3(2),

Other Interests

last updated 21-Dec-2012