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Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)

Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) staff

SURE is led by two Co-Directors:

Diana-RoseProfessor Diana Rose - the world’s first Professor of User-Led Research and a social scientist and mental health service user who pioneered user-focused research.




til-wykesProfessor Til Wykes, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, who heads the Centre for Recovery in Severe Psychosis (CRiSP) in the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Pyschiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. CRiSP has a tradition of involving service users in its research and laid the foundations for the launch of SURE.

Assistant Director

stan-papouliasDr Stan Papoulias is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Deputy Lead of the PPI Theme at the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. Stan is an academic and a long term user of mental health services, who trained and worked in cultural studies for many years.  They came to SURE in 2012, and are currently undertaking an ethnography of service user and carer involvement in research while also overseeing the embedding of such involvement across the CLAHRC South London. While Stan is working across health fields, they are primarily interested in mental health and in the use of participatory and visual methods. They are keen to bring in perspectives from the arts and the humanities to health research and investigate how different methodologies may inform our understanding of ‘experience’.


liz-brosnanDr Liz Brosnan completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Limerick, 2013 on the topic of mental health service-user involvement, examining the inherent tensions for service-users, service-providers and movement actors in involvement practices and policies. Her thesis included developing survivor standpoint epistemology, a recognition of the value and wisdom encapsulated in the voices of lived experience. Her research interests include power and participatory praxis, especially with marginalised groups. She has also co-authored on critical legal theory of consent; gender, sexuality and mental health and critical pedagogy in social work education.  Liz worked as a post-doc researcher at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway from 2015. She joined SURE in March 2017, to work on Professor Diana Rose’s Wellcome funded project, EURIKHA, looking at the history, status and impact of user/survivor-led research and knowledge production worldwide.


savitri-hensmanSavitri Hensman is the Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator for the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. She has worked for many years in supporting service user, carer and public involvement in health and social care and enabling community development.


Ruth Silverleaf joined SURE in March 2017 to work on Diana Rose’s EURIKHA project, looking at the impact, development and current configuration of user-led research worldwide. She is undertaking historical research about the global north, including its relation to user/survivor movements. Since graduating in 2015, Ruth has worked on a diverse range of projects in the community. These include: tackling (gendered) sexual and sexualised violence; developing digital infrastructure for systems of ‘cooperative care’ to enable communities of mutual support, and to distribute social reproductive labour. Ruth is concerned with the reproduction of unequal power dynamics within political spaces, and has worked to develop approaches to identify and confront these failures. Ruth’s research interests include: social determinants of health; oppression, and its impact on psychological experience; intersectional feminism; power relations; harnessing technology and social media for community mobilisation and sustainable activism.

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