Dr Cristina Vasilica

With a background in digital business, Cristina worked in the industry before joining Academia. Her research is aligned with current agendas, promoting collaborative work and co-creation with the local communities to make deeply impactful positive change.

She delivered on various projects, including co-designing, implementing, evaluating and franchising the Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network (GMKIN), an online community for renal patients; or utilizing digital methods to identify patients information needs. She introduced the Digital Skills Passport within the nursing curricula to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to work and thrive in the digital economy.

Her work has informed policy development; reflected in work undertaken in collaboration with INVOLVE (National Institute for Health Research, 2014).

Cristina won the VC’s Research Excellence Awards 2013, Innovation Award for use of social media (2015) and the Big Chip Digital Awards (2018).

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:

    • Sustainable online communities
    • Digital/social media interventions
    • Digital methods
    • Co-designing digital tools
    • Patient and public engagement
    • Workforce development – building digital capabilities
    • Active learning

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/58242.html

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3012-1087


Digital Health, Digital skills, social capital, Information need, behaviour change