University of Hull Kate Galvin

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University of Hull Kate Galvin

University of Hull Kate Galvin

Professor Kathleen Galvin

PhD, BSc (Hons), Registered Nurse

Prof Kathleen Galvin

Professor of Nursing Practice, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise

Faculty of Health and Social Care

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Professor Galvin is a graduate of the University of Ulster and while undertaking clinical posts in older person care and acute vascular surgery completed a PhD in Nursing Studies at University of Manchester in 1997. Before joining the Faculty at the University of Hull she held positions as Professor of Health Research and Head of Research at the Institute of Health and Community Studies, and Deputy Dean, Research and Enterprise, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University and Senior Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Her areas of interest have spanned phenomenology, action research, multiple methods in service evaluation, user involvement and perspectives, and issues in professional education.

She has published journal articles and book chapters that particularly focus on the values of services as experienced by people. These services have included the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, a support service for vulnerable people in the community, a service to increase drug treatment access in the criminal justice sector.

More recently she has been working with an interdisciplinary team: New Dynamics of Ageing project investigating the meaning of mobility to rural elders in South West England and Wales.

Kate is particularly interested in the application of methodologies which can help the public to engage in a more embodied way with qualitative research findings.

Her current research programme explores peoples’ experiences of a range of health issues, and using phenomenological- oriented philosophy develop novel theoretical framework for caring practices. This includes contributions to new theoretical perspectives on well-being, suffering and humanising approaches to human services. An important strand concerns the use of philosophy and the arts in developing insights that can lead practice. Outcomes include interdisciplinary projects and public engagement with science events.

Kate Galvin

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Professor Kate Galvin

Professor of Nursing Practice

Faculty of Health and Social Care

University of Hull

Cottingham Road



Tel: 01482 463336


Professor Kate Galvin is interested in issues of vulnerability and well-being in relation to end of life and dying.  She is also interested in the spaces / places that are conducive to supporting people in the context of end of life; issues linked to time, place, mood, being with others and embodiment in end of life care.


  • Lifeworld-led Care
  • Phenomenology
  • Caring Science
  • Wellbeing
  • Embodiment
  • Spaces and places