Rose Elisabeth Boyle
Rose Boyle’s PhD project is investigating the application and efficacy of services available for treatment of substance use disorders in the Norwegian corrections system. Boyle’s research poses the question: Can treatment services when offered within the framework of the structured, enforced presence inherent in a prison sentence offer an opportunity for positive development for vulnerable individuals with substance use disorders? This project aims to contribute to the development of scholarship that will improve the quality of life, opportunities for recovery and improvements in the mental and physical health of individuals in prison: before, during and after incarceration. The qualitative research will investigate these issues through engagement with diverse perspectives from both service providers and users. What do current and former incarcerated persons and corrections employees think about the treatment services on offer today? Do the existing services promote and provide opportunities for better health, and how can both existing and new services better address the needs of the target group?
Boyle's academic interests are the field of substance use and mental health; health, social and legal systems; health service development; recovery; user involvement and coproduction; integration of vulnerable groups; social perspectives on crime; correctional services and prison healthcare.
Rose has a masters’ degree in intercultural studies from NLA Høgskolen. Her masters’ thesis is a case study of one of Norway’s first “recovery colleges” within the field of mental health and SUD treatment. The dissertation was concerned with the concept of “coproduction” and its application and interpretation within new collaborative methods in health service development. Key themes in the research were recovery in mental health and SUD work, user involvement, experience-based competence, hierarchy and asymmetry within welfare structures, stigma, marginalisation and discrimination, and collaborative practices between members of the public and private sectors.
In conjunction with her masters’ fieldwork, Rose has worked as a course developer with Bergen Recovery College. She is a member of Norway’s first network for recovery colleges. She has formerly been involved with the collection and analysis of qualitative data on the experiences of employees with formally recognised experience-based competence and experience consultants in the municipality of Bergen.