Lizzie CoatesDr Lizzie Coates, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0886
Fax: +44 (0) 114 272 4095
Room: 2.11, The Innovation Centre


I am a qualitative researcher, currently working on the HighCALS Programme Grant (NIHR RP-PG-1016-20006), PoPSTER mixed methods study (NIHR HTA 17/72/02) and the I-SOCIALISE trial (NIHR PHR 15/49/32). I am also an advisor with the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber.

My background is in health services research and social research, and I have worked in a range of research posts in academia and government. I have a BA in Sociology, and a Masters in Health Economics and Management from the University of Sheffield. I also have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Surrey, which was an ethnographic account of research utilisation in central government.  I completed participant observation to understand the work of government analysts and their role as intermediaries in the evidence-policy relationship.  Following this, I spent four years working as a research manager in the Department for Work and Pensions, managing and delivering policy evaluation of employment services to feed into service delivery and policy strategy.

I joined the Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit in December 2014 as the Trial Manager on BEADS (HTA 13/14/01) and was the Programme Manager on the DAFNEplus Programme Grant (NIHR RP-PG-0514-20013) from March 2016 to March 2018. Directly prior to this, I worked in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group in ScHARR as the MALT study manager. This project focussed on understanding the barriers and facilitators to the adoption of telehealth in community health settings, and involved qualitative interviews and participatory action research with health and social care staff to improve services.

My early work was in health economics and costing of health care services, and I am a former member of the Health Economics and Decision Science section of ScHARR.

I am based in the Design, Trials & Statistics section.

Current Projects

  • HighCALS: A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to improve nutritional management for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • I-Socialise: Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments
  • PoPSTER: Patient preferences and current Practice for adults with STERoid resistant ulcerative colitis
  • BRAINS: Benefit-risk is a methodology used to simultaneously evaluate multiple aspects of a treatment i.e. the effectiveness on the primary health outcome, safety and cost.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

• Knowledge mobilisation in policy making and practice
• Process evaluation
• Qualitative research methodology

Teaching Interests

I have previous experience of teaching research methods to undergraduates and would be interested in continuing this work in my current role.  I would also be interested in supervising Masters students using qualitative research methodologies and exploring research utilisation.

I am dissertation supervisor on the MSc Clinical Research and currently supervise one PhD student - Becky Field.


Journal articles


  • Bulmer M, Coates E & Dominian L (2007) Evidence based policy making In Bochel HM & Duncan S (Ed.), Making policy in theory and practice Policy Pr RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


  • Campbell S, Benita S, Coates E, Davies P & Penn G (2007) Analysis for Policy: Evidence based policy in practice RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hibbert CL, Coates E, Brazier JE & Morris J (2004) Development of Healthcare Resource Groups for Adult Critical Care RIS download Bibtex download