Hannah Loret

Loret, Hannah



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Hannah's academic background is interdisciplinary, and crosses applied health sciences, social sciences, and languages and linguistics. She has a strong commitment to understanding the social determinants of health and the application of academic health research to practice, developed through previous work as an Adult Clinical Support Worker in frontline NHS services.

Her interests are gynaecological and women's health, communication practices in healthcare, definitions of illness and health, and person-centred care, particularly trauma-informed care approaches. Her PhD research focused on women's long-term genital pain in England and France and how experiences of this can be linked to healthcare structures and the ways pain is conceptualised. 


Hannah's research interests and skills overlap and embrace interdisciplinarity, but fit broadly within three areas:

Healthcare practice and policy, including applications of qualitative research to healthcare practice, ethical approaches to healthcare research, and questions of representing voices in health and social care research and policy. 

Qualitative research, including collaborative methodologies with experts by experience, researching sensitive health topics, and cross-national methodologies which combine two or more languages. Hannah's doctoral research was the first study to use its conceptual and analytical frame to explore the experiences of queer women and women in non-monogamous relationships experiencing long-term genital pain in France and England.

Gender, particularly questions of health and illness knowledge and definitions which are shaped by gender, and inclusivity in healthcare practice and policy for diverse sexual and gender identities, particularly people experiencing long-term health and social challenges. Exploring diagnostic categories, especially those which use concepts of mental health and illness, and their link to gender, has been a constant throughout Hannah's career. 


Hannah teaches research methods and professional and academic skills for healthcare practice at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also supervises Msc and PhD students, and welcomes applications from students for projects which align with her interests.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate in Languages and Linguistics - Abjection, Power, and Reappropriation: The Difficult Conceptualisation of Women’s Sexual Pain In France and England, Nottingham Trent University

Award Date: 15 Jun 2022


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