Dr Richard Boulton


My PhD was completed in Goldsmiths, University of London Sociology department in 2013, where I looked at how guidelines are followed and applied in a paediatric HIV practice. Since completion I have worked as a Research Fellow in Kings College London looking theories and methodologies of implementation and improvement, before joining the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education in 2016.

I have broad research interests in the social sciences and humanities as applied to medicine, knowledge and communication. and more specifically in the application of guidelines to practice, implementation, disciplinary boundaries and hegemony in medicine.

I am currently involved in postgraduate teaching in various courses in Kingston and St George's University of London. My teaching areas include social sciences, research methods, implementation and improvement and global health.

Academic responsibilities

Research Fellow


  • PhD Sociology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

I currently have the following postgraduate teaching responsibilities in Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Leadership Role:

Deputy Director of Mres Clinical Research

Research Methods pathway lead for HEE internships

Teaching Module Leadership:

Implementation and Improvement Science: Principles for Practice (Mres Clinical Research, HEE/NIHR Research Internship and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice)

Global Health Research Projects (MSc Global Health)

Qualifications and expertise

  • PG Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


My research activities focus on interdisciplinary collaborations between the social sciences and health care research.

I am current a member of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London the Implementation Science Theme.

And I regularly review for a number of peer reviewed journals, including the Sociology of Health and Illness and Implementation Science. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • MA Social Research

Areas of specialism

  • Sociology
  • Sociology of medicine
  • Implementation and Improvement


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Board, Daniel, Childs, Susan and Boulton, Richard (2021) Torture-survivors' experiences of healthcare services for pain : a qualitative study. British Journal of Pain, 15(3), pp. 291-301. ISSN (print) 2049-4637

Boulton, Richard, Sandall, Jane and Sevedalis, Nick (2020) The cultural politics of 'Implementation Science'. Journal of Medical Humanities, 41, pp. 379-394. ISSN (print) 1041-3545

Boulton, Richard and Boaz, Annette (2019) The emotional labour of quality improvement work in end of life care : a qualitative study of Patient and Family Centred Care in England. BMC Health Services Research, 19, p. 923. ISSN (online) 1472-6963

Boulton, Richard (2017) Social medicine and sociology : the productiveness of antagonisms arising from maintaining disciplinary boundaries. Social Theory & Health, 15(3), pp. 241-260. ISSN (print) 1477-8211


Boulton, Richard (2021) Dialectic, rhetoric and contrast : the infinite middle of meaning. Wilmington, Delaware : Vernon Press. 148p. (Series in Philosophy) ISBN 9781648891496

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