Dr Rebecca Hardwick

Dr Rebecca Hardwick

NIHR South West Peninsula ARC (PenARC) Senior Research Fellow (Mental Health)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Dr Rebecca Hardwick can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Health inequalities
  • Health services
  • Mental health
  • Primary care
  • Social care
  • Social prescribing
  • Voluntary sector commissioning
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Ethnography
  • Field work
  • Framework analysis
  • Systematic reviews


Rebecca is a post doctoral research fellow in health services research, working on an NIHR funded project on commissioning and the voluntary sector. 


PhD Medical Studies, University of Exeter 

MSc Public Health, University of the West of England

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Goldsmiths' College, University of London



Research interests

Research interests include realist methodology, voluntary sector commissioning, knowledge mobilisation, public health, international development and evaluation research.

Other research

Methodologist. Indigenous Language Revitalisation in Northern Australian contexts: a realist evaluation. Charles Darwin University 

PhD Supervisor, Mr Brandon Walsh. Evaluation of Language Revitalisation programmes. Charles Darwin University

Grants & contracts

2019 Secretariat of the Pacific Community Capacity Building Evaluation EU 45,000 (co-investigator)

2019 – Charles Darwin University Rainmaker Readiness Grant: Evaluation of Indigenous Language Centres. AUD 20,000 (co-investigator)

2019 – Charles Darwin University Rainmaker Grant: Evaluation of Water, Land and Environment Programmes on soil and water management in Ethiopia. AUD 5000 (co-investigator)

2019 – Charles Darwin University Rainmaker Grant: Start-Up SIDA African Research Capacity Building AUD 5000 (consultancy)

2018 – MAR-X: QA Realist Method Design – Market Approach to Resilience in Ethiopia Extension AUD 9000 (co-investigator)

2018 – Charles Darwin University Rainmaker Grant: Workforce Northern Territory Research and Evaluation Creative Careers AUD 5000 (co-investigator)

2015 Devon Community Housing Aid Bay6 Service Evaluation GBP 10,000 (co-applicant)

2013 Association of Commonwealth Universities, Travel Award, GBP 2000 (individual award)

2013 University of Exeter Researcher-Led Initiative Grant, Development Award, GBP 2000 (co-applicant)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Long JC, Sarkies MN, Francis Auton E, Nguyen HM, Pomare C, Hardwick R & Braithwaite J (2022) 'Conceptualising contexts, mechanisms and outcomes for implementing large-scale, multisite hospital improvement initiatives: a realist synthesis' BMJ Open 12, (5) e058158-e058158 , DOI
Dalkin SM, Hardwick RJL, Haighton CA & Finch TL (2021) 'Combining Realist approaches and Normalization Process Theory to understand implementation: a systematic review' Implementation Science Communications 2, (1) , DOI Open access
Jenkins G, Maugeri I, Palermo C & Hardwick R (2021) 'Using realist approaches in nutrition and dietetics research' Nutrition and Dietetics 78, (3) 238-251 , DOI Open access
Sarkies MN, Francis-Auton E, Long JC, Partington A, Pomare C, Nguyen HM, Wu W, Westbrook J, Day RO & Levesque J-F (2020) 'Implementing large-system, value-based healthcare initiatives: a realist study protocol for seven natural experiments' BMJ Open 10, (12) e044049-e044049 , DOI Open access
Lang IA & Hardwick R (2016) 'Knowledge, knowledge mobilisation and the third sector' Voluntary Sector Review 7, (2) 209-218 , DOI
Anderson R & Hardwick R (2016) 'Realism and resources: Towards more explanatory economic evaluation' Evaluation 22, (3) 323-341 , DOI
Hardwick R, Anderson R & Cooper C (2015) 'How do third sector organisations use research and other knowledge? A systematic scoping review' Implementation Science 10, (1) , DOI
Hardwick R, Heaton J, Griffiths G, Vaidya B, Child S, Fleming S, Hamilton WT, Tomlinson J, Zhelev Z & Patterson A (2014) 'Exploring reasons for variation in ordering thyroid function tests in primary care: a qualitative study' Qual Prim Care 22, (6) 256-261 Author Site
Hardwick R (2013) 'Integrated services for women through a One Stop Shop: a realist review' Journal of Integrated Care 21, (5) 263-275 , DOI
Hardwick R, Pearson M, Anderson R & Byng R (2013) 'The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of shared care: protocol for realist review' Open access
Anderson R, Hardwick R, Pearson M & Byng R (2018) 'Using realist approaches to explain the costs and cost-effectiveness of programmes' in Emmel N; Dalkin S; Greenhalgh J Doing Realist Research SAGE


Conferences organised

2019 – 2020 Scientific Programme Committee Chair: Realist2020 International Conference on Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis.

2017-present Organising committee member: UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum Conference.

2017 Organising committee member: Realist2017 International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis