Professor Elizabeth Goyder MD FFPH MRCGP

Liddy Goyder photo

Section of Public Health
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0783

Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749


Office: 2030, Second Floor, Regent Court

ORCiD: 0000-0003-3691-1888

Liddy is a Professor of Public Health and honorary consultant in Public Health at Public Health England. She is currently Director of Research for the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Sheffield and leads the NIHR Public Health Research Review Team which has been commissioned for three years from April 2019 to undertake evidence reviews that can directly inform public health policy and practice in priority areas. She is also a member of the Executive and Management Committees of the NIHR School for Public Health Research, of which the University of Sheffield is one of eight partners.

Research Interests

My research is largely focused on addressing health inequalities and in getting research evidence into practice, through both evidence synthesis and knowledge translation. I previously worked in the areas of inequalities in access to services, diabetes screening and type 2 diabetes prevention. My involvement in research that develops and evaluates physical activity interventions has led to my current role with the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, promoting collaborative research across the university, NHS, City Council and a range of community partners.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising Research Students in topics related to inequalities and major public health issues, particularly in relation to inequalities and physical activity programmes.

My current students include:

Fahad Almutairi: Dietary patterns and diabetes risk in a Saudi population
Kelly Mackenzie: Co-produced interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace
Alicia Vedio: Barriers to preventive care for Hepatitis C in the Chinese community
Matt Rand: Public health interventions in leisure centres (collaboration with Sheffield City Trust)
Clare Timblin: Inequalities in recreational activity in children and young people

Professional Activities

  • Director of the NIHR Public Health Review Team from 2019, formerly ScHARR-PHEST (ScHARR-Public Health Evidence Synthesis Team) from 2014 and Director of the NICE-funded Public Health Collaborating Centre from 2008 to 2013
  • Academic public health representative on the National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Research Advisory Committee and National Diabetes Audit Partnership Board
  • Director of Research and University of Sheffield representative for the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) in Sheffield
  • Peer reviewer for Lancet, BMJ and 20+ other journals and funding bodies
  • Educational supervisor and academic supervisor for Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands Public Health specialist registrars

Selected Current Grants

Public Health Research Review Team – NIHR 2019-2022 (Director and Principal Investigator)

Health Services & Delivery Research Evidence Synthesis Centre – NIHR 2017-2020 (Deputy Director and Co-Investigator)

School of Public Health Research – NIHR 2017-2022 (University of Sheffield lead and Co-Investigator)

Recent Publications

Baxter, S., Johnson, M., Chambers, D., Sutton, A., Goyder, E., & Booth, A. (2019). Towards greater understanding of implementation during systematic reviews of complex healthcare interventions: the framework for implementation transferability applicability reporting (FITAR). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19. doi:10.1186/s12874-019-0723-y

Such, E., Goyder, E., Kesterton, S., Jonathan, M., Mackenzie, K., Jeanes, R., Burton, H. (2019). Developing a theory-driven framework for a football intervention for men with severe, moderate or enduring mental health problems: A participatory realist synthesis. Journal of Mental Health (Informa). doi:10.1080/09638237.2019.1581339

Black, M., Barnes, A. J., Baxter, S., Beynon, C., Clowes, M., Dallat, M. Strong, M. (2019). Learning across the UK: A review of public health systems and policy approaches to early child development since political devolution. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdz012

Chambers, D., Booth, A., Rodgers, M., Preston, L., Dalton, J., Goyder, E., Eastwood, A. (2019). Evidence to support delivery of effective health services: a responsive programme of rapid evidence synthesis. Evidence & Policy. doi:10.1332/174426419X15468574223221

Blank, L., Holding, E., Crowder, M., Butterworth, S., Ferrari, E., & Goyder, E. (2018). Taking preventative health messages into the wider caring professions: the views of housing staff and tenants. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdy175

Full list of publications available here