Dr Louise Isham PhD, MSc, BA, QSW

Dr Louise Isham

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Louise is research fellow and registered social worker. Her principal research interests are violence and abuse within familial, intimate partner and caring relationships and ethical and methodological issues carrying out ‘sensitive’ qualitative research. Her PhD explored the experiences and needs of family carers affected by violent, abusive or harmful behaviour by the older person for whom they care. Louise has also worked as a research fellow on a number of projects with the Risk, Abuse and Violence research programme (University of Birmingham) and taught on the Nursing undergraduate programme.

Louise is currently working as research fellow on a NIHR study led by Dr Gill Combes, Supporting survivors of sexual violence: a mixed-methods, co-research study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services by the voluntary sector in England.


  • PhD, University of Birmingham (2019) Exploring the experiences and needs of family carers affected by harmful, violent or abusive behaviour by the older person for whom they care
  • MSc Social Work, University of Bristol (2012)
  • BA (hons) History, University of Cambridge (2007)
  • Registered social worker (Health and Care Professionals Council)

Other activities

  • Principal investigator for a seed research project: Addressing sexual assault and harassment of women when travelling in India: developing a community-based education intervention for young men and boys, Jan-Sept 2019, funded by the Institution of Global Innovation (UoB).
  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences (UoB) endowment fund PhD studentship, Oct 2015 to Sept 2018.


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