Professor Marlene Sinclair

Professor of Midwifery Research and Head of The Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research

Ulster University

Prof Marlene Sinclair holds the first personal chair for midwifery research in the island of Ireland and is the Head of research at the Maternal Fetal and Infant Research Centre at the Institute of Nursing Research. She is a registered midwife and nurse with almost 30 years of research experience including management of over 30 research projects, 250 published outputs (includes 78 peer reviewed research papers) completion of 25 PhDs and current supervision of 8 PhDs.

She was awarded the British Journal of Midwifery Lifetime Achievement Award for Midwifery Research in March 2019. She has examined 14 PhDs in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Johannesburg and was returned in the RAE 2008 and REF 2014. She was a panel member for the government led, UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and has extensive experience of peer- reviewing research proposals for the Welsh Research Board, National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), NI R&D, Royal College of Gynecologists and obstetricians (RCOG/WoW/ RCM and the Health Technology Assessment panel (HTA).

She has been a successful collaborator in obtaining over €15m in research funding and four of these partnership projects have received European Union funding: EUROlinkCAT, OptiBirth, EUROmediCAT and  mHealth4Africa ICT-39 Horizon2020. Her most recent research funding has come from the ESRC for Birth across Borders.

Professor Sinclair established the International Doctoral Midwifery Research Society with funding from the Northern Ireland Research & Development Office. This research forum acts as a major platform for support and dissemination of research findings. She is the founder and editor of the Royal College of Midwives Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, distributed to over 42,000 midwives. Her programmes of research include Breastfeeding, Perinatal Mental Health and the Appropriate Use of Technology in Childbirth. She has extensive project management experience with specific methodological expertise in applied ARCS theory and online research data collection approaches including the use of social media in research.