Dr Richard Kyle is Reader in Population and Public Health in the School of Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. He is Head of Population and Public Health within the School, leading a team of over 40 academics, researchers and graduate students.
His research interests focus on nursing workforce, education and recruitment, with additional expertise in child and adolescent health, cancer survivorship, and voluntarism. Richard is a quantitative and qualitative methodologist and uses a range of research designs in his work including secondary analysis of routinely collected data, cluster randomised controlled trials, as well as mixed-methods approaches.
Richard holds a first class MA (Hons) (2002) and a PhD (2006), both in geography from the University of Glasgow, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Stirling (2014). Before joining the team at Edinburgh Napier in January 2015, Richard was an academic at the Universities of Glasgow (2005-2006), Lancaster (2006-2007), Manchester (2008-2010), and Stirling (2010-2014), and a Visiting Researcher at The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2007).
Richard has secured research income of £735,000 through 19 grants from sources including the Chief Scientist Office, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), NHS Education for Scotland, Scottish Government, Burdett Trust for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau and a number of UK charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust, Melanoma Focus, and Breast Cancer Care. He publishes widely across the fields of nursing, public health, psychosocial oncology, and human geography and during his career has written over 50 publications, including 42 peer-reviewed papers, as well as several articles for professional journals, book chapters, and editorials.
Richard is a committed public intellectual who regularly engages in public engagement activity, most recently at the ESRC Festival of Social Science and Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. His research features regularly in Scottish and UK newspapers and on national television and radio. Richard’s research shapes national policy and public debate.
Richard has received prestigious awards from learned societies including the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s University Medal and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). His pedagogical innovation has been recognised through a Scottish Education Award, and he has won University-wide student-nominated awards for Teaching Excellence.
Richard currently supervises 6 PhD students and has supervised 1 PhD student, 2 Masters students and 2 Honours students to completion. He regularly examines PhD theses across the UK. He also provides internship opportunities for Masters students from VU University, Amsterdam and supports research placements for secondary school students through the Nuffield Foundation.
Students interested in completing postgraduate study or an internship on a topic related to one of Richard’s research areas are welcome to get in touch.