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BA (Joint Hons – Sociology and English), University of Kent
MA (Sociology and Women’s Studies), Lancaster University
PhD (Sociology), University of Essex

Prince2 Practitioner (2010)
Certificate Health and Public Sector Management, University of Glamorgan (2011)


I am a Sociologist and my research incorporates critical race theory, feminism, community development theory, and critical perspectives in health, social policy and practice. My abiding research interest is rooted in intersectionality, in particular, the interplay and impact of, gender, age and social class as experienced by racialised and minority ethnic population groups. More recently, I have begun to examine the ethics of researching ‘race’, and ethnicity, and to explore intersectionality as linked to poverty, social exclusion and location in Wales.

A key aspect of my research has been to draw out the voices of people from racialised and minority ethnic population groups, to explore and map the responsiveness of public services, to spotlight issues of access, engagement and participation in a range of health and social care settings, and to explore and spotlight gaps between policy and practice. In the main, my research patch is Wales. Most of my research is qualitative, drawing on action research and participatory methodologies.

My current research activity includes qualitative studies on the experiences and expectations of dignified care, drawing on the perspectives of Caribbean Elders in a localised context, and on the perspectives of older women across Wales. I am also working with colleagues on a secondary data analysis of the censuses on BME mental health in-patients (the Count Me In Census, 2006 – 2009), with a focus on the data collected in Wales. I am leading on a mapping of BME health research, with a focus on research conducted in Wales.

My teaching interests include: ‘race’, ethnicity and multiculturalism,theory and practice, transcultural healthcare, the politics, methods, and the ethics of researching ‘race’ and ethnicity.

I supervise a number of post-graduate students. I currently supervise two PhD students

Students I have supervised and the titles of their theses:
The lived experiences of young men addressing their sexual health and negotiating their masculinities (Anna Sydor, 2010)

A thematic analysis of female university students’ perception of idealised body image in Sudan and their experiences of performing common beauty practices (Ibtisam Ahmed, 2013)

I welcome applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students in any of my teaching and research areas.


Research Fellow & Project Manager, University of Glamorgan
Research Assistant, Commonwealth Institute, University of London
Part – time Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London
Senior Data Collector – QUALIDATA , University of Essex
Part-time Lecturer, University of Essex
Part-time Lecturer,University of East London


Board Member, Race Equality Sub-Group, University of Glamorgan
Member, Ethics Committee, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan


Saltus R and Pithara C (2015) “Care from the heart”: older minoritised women’s perceptions of dignity in care. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 11:1 , 57-70

Saltus R and Williams C (2015). ‘Extending the parameters of Social Policy Research for a Multicultural Wales’ in Williams, C, Evans, N and O’leary, P (Eds) A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Saltus R and Pithara C (2014). A sense of dignity in later life: a qualitative study on the views of older women migrants from minoritised backgrounds. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 15 (1), 1 – 13.

Jones H, Bhattacharyya G, Forkert K, Davies W, Dhaliwal S, Gunaratnam Y, Jackson E and Saltus R (2014) “Swamped” by Anti-immigrant communications. Discover Society, Issue 8. London: Social Research Publications. Available at: [last accessed: 8 May 2015]

Saltus R, Downes C, Jarvis P & Duval S (2013) Inpatients from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds in mental health services in Wales: A secondary analysis of the Count Me In census, 2005–2010. Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10(3), 165-176.

Saltus R & Folkes E (2013) Understanding dignity and care: an exploratory qualitative study on the views of older people of African and African-Caribbean descent, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 14 (1), 36 – 46.

Saltus R & Folkes E (2011) ‘In their own words’ A qualitative study to capture what dignity means to people aged 50 years and older, and their experiences and expectations of care and support. Pontypridd: University of Glamorgan. ISBN 978-1-84054-248-6

Williams C, Merrell J Rance J, Olumide G, Saltus R & Hawthorne K (2007) A critical reflection of the research priorities for improving the health and social care to Black and minority ethnic groups. Diversity in Health and Social Care 4(3):193-197

Saltus R (2006) Improving the quality of access to mental health information and care: the views of health practitioners and social work professionals in Wales. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 3 (3), 183 – 189.

Saltus R and Kaur-Mann K (2005) Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Service Users in Wales: A snapshot of their views. Mental Health Nursing 25 (5), 4-7.

Saltus R (2005) Living and Working with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia. Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2 (1), 71-74.

Saltus R (2005) Embedding Transcultural Health Care into Professional Practice. Multicultural Nursing 1 (1), 8-9.

Saltus R et al (2005) Scoping Study to explore the feasibility of establishing a Health and Social Care Research and Development Network covering Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in Wales. Pontypridd: University of Glamorgan.



Module Leader:
Working with Vulnerable Adults (Year 1)
Working with Communities (Year 2)
Contemporary Social Issues in Health and Social Care (Year 3)

Member of the teaching team on the following modules:
Integrating research with health and social care (Year 2)
Integrating research with social work and social care (Year 2)
Integrating research in social work and social work practice (Year 3)

2013:‘Go Home’: Mapping the unfolding controversies of Home Office immigration campaigns (£200k large grant) C0-I, leading on Cardiff Case Study Funded by ESRC (£20k)

2013: Representing communities: Developing the creative power of people to improve health and well-being (1.5 million large grant). Co-I leading on the Representing Butetown case study. Funded by AHRC/ESRC (£188,701)

2011: Bringing research communities closer together: spotlighting the achievements, value, and role of community-situated research. Funded by the ESRC (£1000)

2011: Using the stories of older women from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to understand their experiences of ‘dignity’ in social care encounters. Welsh Assembly Government. (£93,417)

2010: In their own words: A pilot study to elicit perceptions of dignity and dignified care from a purposive sample of older African-Caribbean and Black Welsh people aged 50 years and older living in Wales." New Ideas Fund, Welsh Assembly Government. (£9,596)

2008: WEDHS continuation funding. Funded by WORD, Welsh Assembly Government (£158,000)

2007 – 2008: WEDHS Research Fellowship. Funded by WORD, Welsh Assembly Government (£120,000)

2005 – 2008: Lead Applicant: WORD 3-year infrastructure support service programme Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Service (£245,000.00)

2005: Lead Applicant: WORD Scoping Study (a study to scope the feasibility of establishing a health and social care research and development network covering the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic people in Wales (£20,000.00)

2003 – 2005: BE4 Study (a 2 year study commissioned by Awetu to improve access to mental health information and appropriate care to Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in Cardiff (£154,000.00)

Areas of Expertise

- Health and Well-being of Migrant and Minority Ethnic Population Groups
- dynamics of ageing and migration
- Qualitative Research Methods


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