Dr Louis Bailey

Research Fellow, SEDA Research Group, Centre for Health and Population Sciences

Dr Louis Bailey is a Research Fellow in Health Inequalities with a background in medical sociology. 

Dr Louis Bailey is a Research Fellow in Health Inequalities with a background in medical sociology.  His research takes in the following:

-       Trans and gender variant life course and ageing

-       Suicide risk, resilience and prevention

-       Marginalised/minority needs and experiences at end of life

-       Gender identity, disembodiment, memorialisation and (social) death

After completing a PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Manchester in 2008, Louis co-founded the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Ltd – a third sector organisation which worked to improve the health and well-being of trans people from across the North West region - and served as a Strategic Partner on Trans Health (In)equalities for the NHS North West and the Department of Health (2009 – 2013).  Prior to taking up an appointment with HYMS, Louis was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in End of Life Studies in the School of Social Sciences, University of Hull where he was involved with setting up the Centre for End of Life Studies.

Research Fellow: ‘Cancer Presentation and Diagnosis Study.  Principal Investigator’ - Professor Una Macleod, Hull York Medical School.  Funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

A pilot study, based in East Yorkshire, exploring the impact of health inequalities on patient pathways (presentation through to diagnosis) in relation to lung, and head and neck cancer. 

Principal Investigator: ‘Dementia Palliative and End of Life Integrated Care Pathway’ (with Professor Margaret Holloway, School of Social Sciences, University of Hull).

An evaluative study for the Hull and East Riding Dementia, Palliative and End of Life Care Working Group (Janet Woodhouse - Nurse Consultant, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Anna Wolkowski - Director of Clinical Services, Dove House Hospice and Dr Dan Harman -  Dementia Lead, Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber) measuring the impact of the newly-developed Dementia Palliative and End of Life Integrated Care Pathway on staff perceptions and understandings of dementia and end of life care.

Co-Investigator: ‘Meaning Making, Making Sense and Managing Trauma on Suicide Memorial Websites’ (with Dr Jo Bell, Principal Investigator, and Dr David Kennedy, Co-investigator, School of Social Sciences, University of Hull).  Funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Drawing on ten in-depth interviews with those who have been bereaved by suicide, this research examines the role of online suicide memorials with particular attention paid to how the Internet enables new ways of managing grief and how the online environment can facilitate postvention.

Book Chapters:

Westwood, S., King, A., Almack, K., Suen, Y-T. & Bailey, L. (forthcoming, 2014) ‘Good Practice in Health and Social Care Provision for Older LGBT people’, In: Fish, J. & Karban, K. (eds) Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives (Bristol: The Policy Press) 

Bailey, L., (2012) 'Trans Ageing and Later Life', In: Ward, R., Rivers, I., & Sutherland, M. (eds) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing – Biographical Approaches for Inclusive Care and Support (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Journal Articles:

Bailey, L., McNeil, J. and Ellis, S. (under review) ‘Trans People and Suicide Risk’.

Ellis, S., Bailey, L. & McNeil, J. (under review) ‘Transphobia in the UK’.

Ellis, S., Bailey, L. and McNeil, J. (forthcoming, 2014) ‘Trans People’s Experiences of Health Care Services: A UK Study’, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.

Ellis, S., McNeil, J. and Bailey, L. (forthcoming, 2014) ‘Gender, Stage of Transition and Situational Avoidance: A UK Study of Trans People’s Experiences’, Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Bailey, L. (2010) ‘A Review of ‘Hate on the Net”, Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World.


McNeil, J, Bailey, L., Ellis, S. and Regan, M. (2013) ‘Speaking from the Margins: Trans Mental Health and Wellbeing in Ireland’ (Trangender Equality Network Ireland).  http://teni.ie/attachments/fb1627f8-fd4e-4a0a-b4d9-2aaa15cc32d4.PDF

McNeil, J., Bailey, L., Ellis, S., Regan, M. and Morton, J. (2012) ‘Trans Mental Health Study 2012’.  Edinburgh: The Equality Network.  http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Medpro-Assets/trans_mh_study.pdf.  Recipient of the GIRES Research Award 2012.

Bailey, L., and McNeil, J. (2012) ‘Monitoring and Promoting Trans Health across the North West’.  Manchester: NHS North West.  http://www.traverse-research.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Trans-Health-GP-Practices-Report-March-2013.pdf

Bailey, L., (2012) ‘Trans People and Healthcare Report’.  Manchester: Black Health Agency.

Bailey, L. (2011) ‘LGBT: History, Challenges and Successes Report’.  Manchester: NHS North West.

Payne, S. and Bailey, L. (2010) ‘Personalisation and the Experiences of Deaf/Disabled LGBT People in the North West’.  Manchester: Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Bailey, L. (2010) ‘Providing Acute Healthcare to Trans People’.  Crewe: Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Louis has contributed to the ‘Health Inequalities’ undergraduate module for the Hull York Medical School (2014) and has led the ‘Research Interviews’ postgraduate module for the School of Social Sciences, University of Hull (2013).

Conferences (most recent)

‘Online Suicide Memorials and New Forms of Managing Grief’, Death Online Conference (University of Durham, March 2014).

‘Trans Ageing and Later Life’ (Gender and Sexuality as Magnifiers of Later Life Concerns) British Gerontology Conference (Oxford University, September 2013).

Invited key note (London, July 2013) ‘Trans People and Mental Health’, Public Health England Seminar on Mental Health.

Invited keynote (Manchester, December 2012) ‘Monitoring and Promoting Trans Health across the North West’; NHS North West Conference.

Invited keynote (London, November 2012), ‘Trans Health Inequalities’, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities – Surviving Austerity; ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Invited keynote (University of Canterbury, September 2012), ‘Dealing with Change: The NHS Reforms and the Third Sector’; LGBT Health Summit 2012.

Professional Affiliations

- Post-Doctoral Representative, Athena Swan Executive Committee, University of Hull (2014)

- Advisor: Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps research network (Dr Andrew King, University of Surrey; ESRC-funded), 2014.

- Advisor: The Last Outing research study (Dr Kathryn Almack, University of Nottingham, funded by Marie Curie), 2013.

- Member of the British Gerontology Society (2013 - )

- Executive Member of the Centre for End of Life Studies (2013 - )

- Member of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing - MICRA (2010 - )

- Associate of the Specialised Commissioning Group on Gender Identity Services (2011 - )

- Member of the British Sociological Association (2011 - )


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