Jonathan Quetzal Tritter

Professor Faculty of Social Sciences
Levanger, G Nordlåna 3208

About me

I grew up in the United States and first studied Sociology at the University of Chicago before returning to Britain to complete a DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford University. 

I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Social Sciences Research Centre at South Bank University in London, before taking up a post in the Department of Sociology at  the University of Warwick in 1997. I moved to the Institute of Governance and Public Management in Warwick Business School in 2002 before being seconded to establish and lead the National NHS Centre for Involvemenlt from 2006-2009. 

I took up the post of Professor of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in 2013 where I also served as both Deputy Dean (2014-2018) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Languages and Social Sciences (2018-2020).

Having worked with colleagues in Norway and at Nord Univeristy I accepted a Professor II in the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences (2017-2019). I joined Nord University full-time as a Professor of Sociology in January 2021.​​​


My main research interests relate to public participation and lay experience in health and policy making, particularly in relation to cancer, mental health and environmental policy. I am particularly interested in the relation between individuals and institutions as well as collective involvement to improve services. Much of my work is also focused on health system reform and international health policy. Currently I am involved in a range of international and national research and development work that focuses on the evidence base relating to the impact of patient and public involvement. As well as considering the distinctions between social health insurance and national health insurance systems.

I work with colleagues in the US, UK, Finland, Sweden and Australia.​

I am an experienced PhD superviser and would welcome potential doctoral students interested  in the broad areas of health, health policy, health reform, international health, partnership working, co-production and citizen, service user, patient and public involvement. I am also interested in supervising students working on leadership and management challenges in the public sector whether related to the police, local government, the civil service or the voluntary sector.