Dr Rebecca Ince

Dr Rebecca Ince

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Health Economics Unit
Applied Health Research
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Becky is a Research Fellow in the Health Economics Unit at the Institute of Applied Health Research. She is currently working on the NIHR School for Social Care Research funded project “When the money runs out?” with Dr Phil Kinghorn and Dr Denise Tanner, investigating what happens in cases of capital depletion for people living in care homes.


  • PhD in Social Policy, University of Salford, Manchester, 2016
  • MSc in Social Policy Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University, 2011
  • BSc Combined Honours in Sociology and Environmental Science, Aston University, 2008


Becky is an experienced qualitative researcher, particularly in health and adult social care. She is currently working on an NIHR funded project entitled ‘When the money runs out’, investigating capital depletion for self-funders living in care homes. Becky’s PhD was in the field of energy policy, but in 2017 she moved into health and social care focussed research. She has worked on two other NIHR-funded studies, most recently investigating why people with learning disabilities get stuck in hospital, and the other looking at the contribution of the voluntary sector to supporting people in mental health crisis. Becky is experienced in working with people with significant vulnerabilities, and all of her research is concerned with how multi-actor networks organise and deliver services and support to people in different (or difficult) contexts. She is particularly interested in the mixed economy of health and social care provision, the roles of (and dynamics between) charity/third sector organisations, private sector and statutory sector actors, and how this multiplicity is experienced by people as they seek support.

Becky is committed to co-producing research and has worked closely with people who use services, community groups, third sector organisations and local and national government throughout her research career.

Doctoral research


  • Adult social care, mental health and wellbeing, lived experience and the burden of treatment.
  • Policy implementation and complex delivery/support networks.
  • Voluntary/third sector, community organisations, cross-sector partnerships.
  • Co-production and participatory research methods.


Ince, R., Glasby, J., Miller, R., & Glasby, A. M. (2022). 'Why are we stuck in hospital?' Understanding delayed hospital discharges for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people in long-stay hospitals in the UKHealth & social care in the community, 10.1111/hsc.13964. Advance online publication. 

Newbigging, K., Rees, J., Ince, R., Mohan, J., Joseph, D., Ashman, M., Norden, B., Dare, C., Bourke, S. and Costello, B., 2020. The contribution of the voluntary sector to mental health crisis care: a mixed-methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 8(29), pp.1-200.

Ince, R. and Marvin, S., 2019. Constructing domestic retrofit as a new urban infrastructure: experimentation, equitability and contested priorities. Local Environment, 24(9), pp.825-842.

Ince, R (2019) Local variations in implementing energy efficiency policy – how Third Sector Organisations influenced cities’ responses to the Green Deal. Social Policy Review 31: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2019. ISBN: 978-1447343981

Ince, R, & Marvin, S (2019). Retrofitting Obsolete Suburbs: Networks, Fixes and Divisions. In: Filion, P & Pulver, N. M. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures: Contemporary International Cases. ISBN: 9781487523619

Newbigging, K, Durcan, G, Ince, R and Bell, A (2018) Filling the chasm: Reimagining primary mental healthcare.