Dr Lydia Lewis is a sociologist in the Education Observatory at the University of Wolverhampton. Her research and development work has focused on theoretically informed, applied sociological inquiry and knowledge exchange with third sector organisations. She has developed a programme of research on education and mental health, focused on adult community learning. This has built on previous work in the area of service user involvement in the area of mental health. She convenes the Education and Mental Health Research Group in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton.