Wylie, Gavin


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Gavin is an academic podiatrist who joined the School of Health Sciences as a full-time Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in 2019. Prior to this he was a clinical podiatrist within NHS Tayside and a research fellow in the School. He is an HCPC registered podiatrist, graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1997, completing his MSc in Podiatry in 2010. His research interests focus on developing and testing interventions to improve the lives of older people, with a particular focus on falls, mobility, and physical activity. He is currently leading a study exploring the impact of foot problems on social participation in older people


Gavin is a pragmatic researcher with expertise in complex intervention development, randomised controlled trials, applied qualitative research, and evidence synthesis. His work is informed by concerns about developing interventions that are relevant, feasible, and deliverable as part of everyday routines and work practices. This requires paying close attention to:

  1. the context in which interventions are delivered, and
  2. outcomes that are important and relevant to individuals.

Gavin’s current research explores particular issues affecting older people in care homes – a population often underrepresented in research. By applying qualitative and mixed methods, his intervention development work takes account of the unique challenges presented in delivering interventions in the care home context.

He has specific interests in developing podiatry interventions to reduce falls among older people in care homes, and in using ethnographic methods to develop understandings of the ways that care home contexts influence improving physical activity levels in care home residents.

Gavin Wylie is a member of the Living Well with Long Term Conditions Research group and is currently taking new self-funded PhD students. Prospective PhD students can contact Gavin directly by email to discuss research ideas but should first visit the Living Well with Long Term Conditions Research group webpage via this link to see currently relevant topics of interest to supervisors. 


Gavin teaches on several modules on research methods, long-term conditions, ageing and health, and anatomy and physiology at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He also supervises Masters students and PhD students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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