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Dr Alan Dolan


Associate Professor, Social Work Group

Course Director MA Social Work

WCE1.13, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Westwood Campus

+44 (0)24 7657 3850

Degree Courses Taught

MA Social Work



I am currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MA Social Work programme in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I have taught at the University of Warwick for the last 15 years, predominately within Warwick Medical School.

My research tends to focus on inequalities in health and men, masculinity and health. For example my research has examined on-going debates between neo-materialist and psychosocial explanations for current patterns of health from a gendered perspective. This research also sought to examine the intersections of social class and masculinity for understanding current patterns of working class male health and working class men’s use of healthcare services. I have also explored the experiences of first time fathers regarding childbirth and the views of health professionals working in this field. This work has highlighted the ways in which masculinity positions and is used to position men within this arena. In addition, I am interested in the intersections between masculine and fathering identities and have carried out research among a group of men who attended a parenting programme. I have also been awarded a grant from the ESRC to examine men’s experiences of infertility and infertility treatment. This project is also interested in the views and experiences of health professionals working in the field of assisted reproduction.

I have considerable experience of PhD supervision and have supervised a number of students to successful completion. I have also acted as an internal examiner and external examiner on numerous occasions.

Recent publications

Bollard, M., McLeod, E. and Dolan, A. (2018) 'Exploring the impact of health inequalities on the health of adults with intellectual disability from their perspective.' Disability and Society, (available online 24th April)

Dolan, A., Lomas, T., Ghobara, T., and Hartshorne, G. (2017) ‘It’s like taking a bit of masculinity away from you’: towards a theoretical understanding of men’s experiences of infertility. Sociology of Health and Illness (Open Access )

Akhtar, S., Dolan., A., and Barlow, J. (2016) Understanding the Relationship Between State Forgiveness and Psychological Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Religion and Health (Open Access )

Dolan, A. (2014) ‘Men give in to chips and beer too easily’: How working-class men make sense of gender differences in health. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 18 (2): 146 – 162

Dolan, A. (2014) ''I've learnt what a dad should do': the interaction of masculine and fathering identities among men who attended a 'dads only' parenting programme'. Sociology, 48 (4): 812 - 828

Dolan, A., and Coe, C (2011) 'Men, masculine identities and childbirth' Sociology of Health and Illness, 33 (7): 1019-1034

Dolan, A. (2011) '"You can't ask for a Dubonnet and Lemonade!": working class masculinity and men's health practices,' Sociology of Health and Illness, 33 (4): 586-601

Dolan, A. (2007) ‘That’s just the cesspool where they dump all the trash’: Exploring working class men’s perceptions and experiences of social capital and health. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 11 (4): 475-495

Dolan, A. (2007) ‘Good luck to them if they can get it’: Exploring working class men’s understandings and experiences of income inequality and material standards. Sociology of Health and Illness. Vol. 29 (5): 1-19