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Dr Stan Papoulias is a Research Associate and Assistant Director of SURE. They are an academic and long-term user of mental health services who trained and worked in cultural studies for many years. They joined KCL in 2012 and are funded by the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London to undertake qualitative research on aspects of patient and public involvement practice (PPI): currently they are focusing on the emergence of ‘PPI practitioners/workforce’.  While Stan is working across health fields, they are primarily interested in mental health and in the use of participatory and visual methods in qualitative work. Stan is 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’.  

Research Interests 

  • Patient and public involvement in research 
  • Organisational ethnography 
  • Mental health and environments of higher education 
  • Models of user ‘experience’ 
  • PhotoVoice


  • Qualitative research methods
  • User-led research
  • Visual and participatory methods