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Dr Emma Halliday

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Tel: +44 1524 592980

Research Interests

Dr Emma Halliday is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medicine with a background in history and expertise in policy evaluation and public health research.

Her current post is primarily funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research, a collaboration of eight leading academic centres in England, and the ARC North west Coast Research Collaboration (ARC NWC). Between 2018-20, she was also a public involvement specialist adviser with the North West Research Design Service.

Emma's research has a strong focus on the use of qualitative methods as part of evaluations of place based interventions to address health inequalities, and she also has expertise in qualitative evidence synthesis and knowledge exchange.

Within SPHR, she is currently collaborating with LSHTM colleagues on two reviews of evidence about knowledge exchange in crisis settings and local government settings.  Within ARC she co-leads a project with Paula Wheeler on the role of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector within integrated care systems.  Emma is a co-investigator on NIHR funded studies evaluating the Preston Wealth Building Model and the Communities in Control study, an evaluation of the Lottery's Big Local initiative rolled out in 150 English neighbourhoods.  Her research also focuses on the ways in which particular localities are affected by stigma and how this influences health.  She has led a review of media reporting and a narrative synthesis of qualitative evidence on residents’ accounts of stigma.

Previous work with colleagues at Liverpool University involved an evaluation of the impact of leisure entrance charges on physical activity levels in the north west of England, which featured in an NIHR themed review on physical activity. She has also collaborated on studies of alcohol licencing and community engagement.

In 2018 she was awarded funding to pilot creative approaches to knowledge exchange and research dissemination using art/storytelling and comics in collaboration with Lancaster University’s graphic novels and comics network.  Emma is also passionate about creative writing and her poem Burnt Out about stress and mental health among NHS professionals featured in the anthology – These are the Hands in 2020.




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