Dr Christopher Poyner BA MA

Dr Christopher Poyner

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Chris is a Research Fellow within the Institute for Applied Health Research. His main interest is the lived experience of disease, treatment and support and his background is in dementia studies. He is currently the qualitative researcher on the NIHR funded CALIBRE trial, investigating the effectiveness of variceal banding ligation vs carvedilol.


  • PhD in Dementia Studies (University of Stirling)- June 2019 
  • MA in Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham, 2012 
  • BA (Hons) in Sociology, 2011, University of Warwick


Chris studied for a BA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Warwick before completing his MA in Social Research at the University of Birmingham.

IN 2013 he began his academic career at Bournemouth University (BU) as a KTP Associate, on a consultation study exploring the acceptability of a model of ‘extra care’ to people living with dementia.

Chris went on to commence a PhD at BU evaluating a new and innovative model of dementia care, in a newly opened care home. Whilst at BU he worked on a number of research projects alongside his PhD, such as the IT Club and BUDI Orchestra (see research).

Chris transferred his PhD to the University of Stirling in 2015. Whilst at Stirling he was employed as a researcher on 2 studies; one exploring the LGBT experience of homelessness and life in deprived communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh; and another investigating the usability of a medication management software in care homes. He also worked as a teaching assistant on several modules delivered for the faculty of social sciences.

In 2017 Chris began a FT post at the University of Salford within the Institute for Dementia. His primary research objective was to evaluate the peer support and community engagement work taking place at the University’s purpose built ‘dementia hub’.

Chris began his current role as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Institute for Applied Health Research in November 2018. He is responsible for the qualitative research on the CALIBRE trial, under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Mathers.    


  • Health Improvement Evidence Review (HIER) advisor 3rdyear students
  • Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Qualitative tutor 3rd year students
  • MBChB Social Determinants of Health tutor 1st year students


Current Research:

  • CALIBRE - Carvedilol versus variceal band ligation in primary prevention of variceal bleeding in liver cirrhosis (NIHR)

Previous research

  • Evaluation of the Salford Institute for Dementia community based peer support groups for people living with dementia
  •  A critical evaluation of a new and innovative model of dementia care in a newly opened care home
  • Exploring the usability of a computer based medication system, aimed at facilitating integration and communication between care homes, pharmacies, and GP services
  • Experiences of homelessness and living in deprived areas within the LGBT community
  • Evaluation of the Dublin City University Dementia Elevator Project
  • The ‘IT Club’: Using technology to facilitate interaction between people living with dementia and children in schools’
  • The ‘BUDI Orchestra’: Proof of concept and evaluation project
  • Consultation study with formal dementia care staff, family carers and people with dementia into the ‘Shared Care’ concept


Poyner, C., Innes, A., Dekker, F. (2017).  Extra care: viable for couples living with dementia? Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 20 Issue: 1, pp.8-18. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/HCS-12-2016-0018?fullSc=1&mbSc=1

Reynolds, L., Innes, A., Poyner, C., Hambidge, S. (2016). ‘The stigma attached isn’t true of real life’: Challenging public perception of dementia through a participatory approach involving people with dementia. Dementia (Innovative Practice), Vol.16 Issue: 2, pp. 219-225. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1471301216635828

Matthews, P., Poyner, C., Kjellgren, R. (2018). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer experiences of homelessness and identity: insecurity and home(o)normativity. The International Journal of Housing Policy,Vol.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19491247.2018.1519341

Matthews, P. and Poyner, C. (2019). The experience of living in deprived neighbourhoods for LGBT+ people: making home in difficult circumstances. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Vol. 51(7) pp.1499-1515. 

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