Dr Rebecca Ince

Becky Ince

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Becky joined HSMC and TSRC in February 2017 as a Research Fellow working on a project investigating the contribution of voluntary sector organisations to mental health crisis care in England. This is a co-produced project working with co-researchers who are experts by lived experience, and in partnership with Suresearch, a service user research organisation. She has held previous research positions at the universities of Sheffield and Durham. Her research has covered topics from health and environmental policy to urban infrastructures, incorporating multiple disciplines including Social Policy, Geography and Built Environment Studies. She has worked in partnership with local authorities, national government departments, co-operatives and both national and local voluntary sector organisations. Becky’s projects have focussed on how networks of people and organisations form in different contexts to provide public services, what factors hinder and enable them, and how the dynamics in these networks impact service provision and equality of access.  


  • Mental health
  • Third sector organisations in public service delivery
  • Comparative case studies (qualitative or mixed methods)


  • 2015 - PhD in Social Policy, School of the Built Environment, Salford University.
  • 2011 – MSc Social Policy Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University.
  • 2008 – BSc Combined Honours, Sociology and Environmental Science & Technology


Previous posts include:

  • University of Sheffield – Urban Institute Research Associate –Sustainable Urban Transitions.
  • Durham University – EPSRC Impact Acceleration Research Associate – KTP secondment to London Borough of Haringey for co-production of research and collaborative policy development around economic inequality, fuel poverty, domestic energy efficiency, urban regeneration.
  • Salford University - EPSRC Retrofit 2050 PhD studentship
Becky has also volunteered and worked for a local environment and health charity in South Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Rebecca is interested in supervising Masters students researching the following areas:

  • Mental health (particularly subjective experiences, or connected with the natural environment)
  • Geographical or place-based case studies in social policy, especially comparative studies.
  • Co-produced research with service users or third sector organisations


In February 2017, Rebecca started a two year mixed methods study investigating the contribution of voluntary sector organisations to mental health crisis services for adults in England. NIHR ConVS (with Karen Newbigging and James Rees) is being conducted in partnership with Suresearch, a service user research organisation, and five co-researchers who are experts by lived experience.

This study is made up of four work packages:

  • WP1 – National survey of VSOs on their contribution to crisis care
  • WP2 – Regional comparison between two areas of England
  • WP3 – Case studies of four crisis ‘systems’ and the local networks and actors involved
  • WP4 – Case studies of multiple individual service users’ pathways through crisis services in different contexts


Book chapter

Ince, R and Marvin, S (forthcoming)  'Retrofitting ‘obsolete’ suburbs: Networks, fixes and divisions' in Filion, P and Keil, R (eds) (2017) Suburban Infrastructures.