Lecturer in Social Science Research and Qualitative Methods, University of Exeter
Dr Cornelia Guell is a Lecturer in Social Science Research and Qualitative Methods at the University of Exeter medical school. Her research focuses on how health behaviours are shaped by physical and social environments, and how to develop theoretical and methodological approaches to explore the impact of those environments.
Before joining the University of Exeter, Cornelia was a Career Development Fellow in the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). She is a medical anthropologist with an interest in developing an ethnographic social science perspective on how chronic illness and its primary and secondary prevention – in practice and policy – shape everyday social lives in a variety of settings and contexts.
During her time at CEDAR Cornelia worked within the Physical Activity and Public Health group. Her ethnographic research focused on understanding practices and perceptions of active and sedentary living of older adults in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing study. She is also interested in stakeholder engagement and how stakeholders assess, negotiate and apply evidence.