PJ Annand

Researcher // educator // activist // introvert // health+social inequalities // gender+sexuality // violence+trauma // co-production // justice

I am a researcher and educator with an academic background in gender and LGBTQIA+ rights, violence, labour, housing and health. Prior to joining academia, I worked for 10 years in the third sector on research, campaigns and evaluation with a focus on child rights, sexual and reproductive rights, mental health and social justice. I am also an activist committed to delivering research that will help bring about tangible change.I currently lead the Queering Shelter project and the CANVAS project, and co-lead the 'Beyond Do No Harm' project.I am interested in doing work that explores: comics/illustration as pedagogy; how to transform academic-community collaboration cultures; participatory and co-design principles for mental health research, particularly in the context of AI/big data; how health and social inequity for LGBTQ+ and other minoritised+marginalised people is enacted at direct, cultural and structural levels; and the role of law and policy in perpetuating or ameliorating these inequities.My research is interdisciplinary, spanning public health, medical sociology, digital sociology, political economy, social psychology, queer and feminist theory, postcolonial and decolonial theory, media and cultural studies. I work with qualitative and quantitative data, though with an emphasis on the former, often drawing on feminist methodologies, ethnographic methods, grounded theory, framework analysis and Q-methodology. I prioritise participatory and co-produced approaches to research, practice, and evaluation.I am passionate about making sure community-embedded, survivor-led research and evaluation is supported, funded and elevated within academia, policy and practice moving forward. Nothing about us without us.

My Research & Teaching Roles

Visiting Lecturer
King's College London

2022 – present
- Co-development of BSc Psychology module 'Lived Experience in Mental Health Research'
- Principal Investigator on COVID-19 special grants research project “The Needs of Domestic Violence+Abuse Services in the Wake of Coronavirus”
- Member of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) in the Health Service+Population Research (HSPR) department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology+Neuroscience (IoPPN).
Senior Research Fellow
University of Surrey

2022 – present
- Lecturer on Sociology undergraduate+postgraduate programmes.
- Personal tutor for undergraduate students in Sociology+Criminology.
- Undergraduate Sociology dissertation supervisor.
- Convener of ‘Introduction to Participatory Research’ short course.
- Principal Investigator on ESRC-funded impact project on decolonial+feminist approaches to impact through participatory arts.
- Principal Investigator on Leverhulme-funded study into LGBTQ+ understandings of shelter+(un)safety.
- Member of the Athena Swan Committee.
- Member of the Equity, Diversity +Inclusion Committee.
Researcher in Social Science+Health
King’s College London

2019 – 2021
- Co-convener iBSc 'Health Inequalities' module.
- Dissertation supervisor for Master's in Public Health (MPH) students.
- Lecturer on MPH+MBBS programmes.
- Convener of a short course on participatory research methods for students with lived experience of homelessness.
- Co-Investigator on a COVID-19 special grants research project "After the lockdown? Experiences of COVID-19 for people who are homeless"
- Researcher on a participatory realist evaluation of a homeless health peer advocacy intervention
Research Consultant
Plan International UK

- Qualitative evaluation+research consultancy for the longitudinal cohort study 'Real Choices, Real Lives' (study of girls' rights+wellbeing globally+programme evaluation)
Research Fellow
University of Nottingham

- Consulted for the United Nations (OHCHR) to co-author report evaluating international approaches to tackling child labour+trafficking
- Winner of Newton Fund place on British Council-FAPESP workshop on migration, trafficking, sex work+the law
- Researcher on adult forced marriage study of survivor narratives
Doctoral Researcher
Middlesex University

2014 – 2018
- Principal Investigator on scholarship funded study into pornography consumer ethics+sex work
Youth Programme Manager (PAR)
OCD Action

2014 – 2017
- Participatory action research: delivery+evaluation of youth mental health support services (grant-funded: St James’ Place, Big Lottery Fund+Trust for London)
Research+Project Manager
OCD Action

2012 – 2014
- Mixed-methods evaluation+delivery of youth mental health awareness initiative in schools (grant-funded: City Bridge Trust)
Research+Programmes Coordinator
Gemin-i Human Rights

2009 – 2011
- Researched sexual+reproductive health, HIV/AIDS stigma, addiction, poverty: produced teaching, learning+campaigning resources for dedicated online youth platform

Other Project Work

Committee Member
British Psychological Society, Psychology of Women+Equalities Section (POWES)

2023 –
Stefania Memorial Project (Women’s Homelessness)

2019 – 2020
Board Member+Inclusion Research Consultant
ESSDA (LGBTQIA+ Dancesport)

2016 – 2020
Sexual+Reproductive Health+Rights Trainer
Sexpression UK

2017 – 2019
Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties)

2018 – 2019
Digital Fundraising
Amnesty International UK

Website+Publications Editor
Plan International UK

2012 – 2013
Partnerships Development Manager
Gemin-i Human Rights

2011 – 2012

Awards & Funded Projects

Research Grant – Principal Investigator
'Beyond Do No Harm: Applying Feminist & Decolonial Approaches to Research Impact through Participatory Arts Practice'

ESRC, Impact Acceleration Fund
Received 2022 (£10,897)
ESRC, Violence Abuse+Mental Health Network ECR Bursary
'Tackling Violence Against Women+Girls' Westminster Insight symposium participant

Received 2022 (£500)
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship – Principal Investigator
'Queering Shelter: Understandings of shelter+(un)safety among LGBTQ+ people with lived experience in England+Wales'

Received 2022 (£118,000)
Research Grant – Principal Investigator
'COVID-19+the Needs of the Domestic Violence+Abuse Sector in England+Wales (CANVAS)'

Wellcome Trust, King’s Together Fund
Received 2020 (£9,902)
Research Grant – Co-Investigator
'After the lockdown? Experiences of COVID-19 for people who are homeless'

Wellcome Trust, King’s Together Fund
Received 2020 (£10,000)
Fully-funded place on British Council-FAPESP Researcher Links workshop in Brazil
Newton Fund
Received 2019 (c. £3000)
International conference travel grants
Middlesex University
Various 2014 – 2018 (c. £2000)
PhD Scholarship – Principal Investigator
Middlesex University
Received 2014 (£69,200)
Project Grant – Project Lead
OCD Youth (Participatory Action Research)
Trust for London, St James’ Place+Big Lottery Fund
Received 2014 (c. £93,000)


PhD Sociology+Social Psychology
Middlesex University
- Scholarship recipient
- Research in social psychology at intersection of sociology, consumer ethics, political economy, gender/sexuality+media/cultural studies.
- Thesis title: 'Conscionable Consumption: A Feminist Grounded Theory of Porn Consumer Ethics'
- Supervisors: Prof. Feona Attwood, Dr. Lucy Neville, Dr. Theresa Cronin+Prof. Helen Hester
- Co-organised +/or supported conferences on gender, identity+sexual rights, including:

  • Winner of best poster at Work in Progress conference – Middlesex University

  • Paper on online research methods presented at the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) conference – Humboldt University Berlin

  • Paper on (a/)sexual identities given at the International Non-Monogamies+Contemporary Intimacies conference – New University of Lisbon

  • Paper on creative research methodologies presented at the Sex+Sexualities conference – University of Brighton

- Funded by doctoral school to deliver conference papers, including:

  • #NotAskingForIt: Rape, Discourse+Media (Co-Organiser) – Middlesex University

  • Talking Bodies conference (Social Media Volunteer) – University of Chester

  • Recognising Diversity: Gender+Sexual Equalities in Principle+Practice (Conference Volunteer) – University of Leeds

MA Gender
SOAS, University of London
- Modules including Gender Theory (distinction); Queer Politics (distinction), Gender in the Middle East (distinction)
- Dissertation on sexual violence perpetrated by US soldiers in Iraq during the so-called ‘war on terror’
BA Hons. Combined Social Sciences+Modern Languages
Durham University
- Distinctions in Arabic, French, German
- Only Durham student to win one-year funded place at Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) Damascus, Syria
DipHE Law
The Open University
- Modules in Tort+Contract Law (distinction); Public+Constitutional Law (distinction), Criminal Law (distinction), Law+Society (distinction), EU Law.

Other Qualifications

Certificate: Rapid Ethnography for Policy+ Evaluation
University College London (UCL)
HEA Associate Fellow Accreditation
King’s College London
Certificate: Introduction to Statistics
King’s College London
Certificate: Quantitative Research Methods
University of Nottingham
Certificate: Safeguarding Young People+Vulnerable Adults
Certificate: Public Engagement+Influencing
Sheila McKechnie Foundation
Certificate: Gender+Sexual Diversity for Psychologists
City CBT Coaching
Certificate: Monitoring+Evaluating Impact
Better Impact Inc.
Level 2 Award: Understanding HIV/AIDS
City+Guilds/Terrence Higgins Trust


Annand, P., Nataraj, S., Bernardi, F, Wempe, M., Mattheis, L. and Mishri, A. 2023. Beyond ‘Do No Harm’: Feminist and decolonisation approaches to impact via participatory arts. London: University of Surrey (online).Annand, P., 2023. Queering Shelter in LGBT History Month. Surrey Sociology (blog).Annand, P., Platt, L., Rathod, S.D., Hosseini, P. and Guise, A. 2023. ‘Progression capitals’: How homeless health peer advocacy impacts peer advocates. Social Science and Medicine, 298: 114770. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114770.Annand, P., Sadlier, A., Sweeney, A. 2022. COVID-19 and the Domestic Violence and Abuse Sector in England and Wales ('CANVAS'): A Policy Report. Evidence submitted to the Home Office Consultation on Violence Against Women and Girls (online).Guise, A., Burridge, S., Annand, P., Burrows, M., Platt, L., Rathod, S., Cornes, M., 2022. Why were COVID-19 infections lower than expected amongst people who are homeless in London, UK in 2020? Exploring community perspectives and the multiple pathways of health inequalities in pandemics. Social Science and Medicine - Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmqr.2021.100038.Platt, L., Rathod, S.D., Cinardo, P., Guise, A., Hosseini, P., Annand, P., Surey, J. and Burrows, M., 2022. Prevention of COVID-19 among populations experiencing multiple social exclusions. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2021-216889.Sadlier, A., Annand, P., Guise, A. and Sweeney, A., 2021 Covid, care and emotional labour in the domestic abuse sector. (blog) Autonomy.work.Rathod, S.D., Guise, A., Annand, P., Hosseini, P., Williamson, E., Miners, A., Bowgett, K., Burrows, M., Aldridge, R.W., Luchenski, S. and Menezes, D., 2021. Peer advocacy and access to healthcare for people who are homeless in London, UK: a mixed method impact, economic and process evaluation protocol. BMJ Open, 11(6). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050717.Annand, P., Hudson, M., Yankah, M., Burrows, M., Burridge, A. Cornes, M., Rathod, S., Hosseini, P., Platt, L., Guise, A., 2021. Going remote: Using technology to co-produce homeless health research. In O. Williams, ed. 2021. COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy and Practice. London: Policy Press.Annand, P., 2021. Domestic violence, homelessness and safe housing in the wake of coronavirus. (blog) Cost of Living.Macleod, P., 2020. Real Choices, Real Lives 2020 Country Report: Uganda. London: Plan International UK.Macleod, P., 2020. Influences on ethical decision-making among porn consumers: The role of stigma. Journal of Consumer Culture, 21(2): 381-404. DOI:10.1177/1469540520970247.Macleod, P., 2020. How feminists pick porn: Troubling the link between ‘authenticity’ and production ethics. Sexualities, 24(4): 673-693. DOI:10.1177/1363460720936475Macleod, P., 2020. Conscionable Consumption: A Theoretical Model of Consumer Ethics in Pornography. Porn Studies, 8(1): 58-75. DOI: 10.1080/23268743.2020.1754888.Macleod, P., 2020. Repurposing Grounded Theory: Tackling Polarity in Feminist Research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, online first. DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2020.1725946.Nicholson, A., Macleod, P., Schwarz, K. 2019. Child Labour: Research conducted for the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Trafficking, Urmila Bhula. Geneva: UNHCHR.Macleod, P., 2018. On Using Poetry in Pornography Research. In: C. Morris, P. Boyce, A. Cornwall, H. Frith, L. Harvey, Y. Huang, eds. Researching Sex & Sexualities. London: Zed. DOI: 10.5040/9781350222281.Macleod, P., 2018. The deadline for completing the Gender Recognition Act consultation is approaching. (blog) Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties).Jassi, A.D., Kolvenbach, S., Heyman, I., Macleod, T., Rose, J., Diamond, H., 2016. Increasing Knowledge of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Schools. SAGE Health Education Journal, 75(5), pp.600-609. DOI: 10.1177/0017896915608513.

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